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Residents Deliver Gun Violence Petitions to Warner’s Office

McLean-area Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence collected more than 3,000 signatures.

The McLean-area Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence delivered more than 3,000 signatures to the office of Sen. Mark Warner on Tuesday urging him to support universal background checks on all gun purchases, limits on the size of ammunition clips and the assault weapons ban.

The Virginia Democrat’s announcement Wednesday that he will support the Manchin-Toomey bipartisan compromise came as welcome news to the group, according to a news release.

“While it does not address the ammunition or assault weapons issue, the compromise does close the gun show loophole, one of our primary goals,” said group leader Ben Zuhl in a prepared statement. “The over 3,000 Virginians represented by our petition are happy to have Senator Warner’s vote on this bill and we will be back to talk to him about the need for other reforms.”

The group wants Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th, to take a position on these same issue.

“We have talked to thousands of Rep. Wolf’s constituents and find that 86% support the same reforms—background checks, limits on ammunition clip size and banning the sale of assault weapons size,” Zuhl said in a statement. “It seems unthinkable that he could ignore that many of his constituents. We will continue to canvass the 10th District and help be sure that the voices of the 86% are heard. We are hopeful that Rep. Wolf will listen.”

mary comerford April 11, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Wonderful effort. Kathleen Murphy, the Democrat running for the 34th Dist House of Delegates, supports the gun reform compromise -- unlike Barbara Comstock, who voted for unlimited handguns and guns in bars and cars.
Tammi Petrine April 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The eyes of the local and world community are on our locally elected politicians both in Richmond and Congress to see that they uphold our majority beliefs and demands for common sense and decency. The time for action is NOW. If you take your position as our representatives sincerely, do not disappoint us by supporting the obscene and destructive dictates of the fanatical NRA.
leslie mason April 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM
It's great to see so many, from all political parties, take a stand and make a difference in the debate on gun reform. I hope all our candidates and elected officials in Richmond and DC will also take a stand to serve and represent us, not the NRA.
Mike Potashnik April 11, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I am a proud member of the grassroots organization Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence in McLean. I am delighted to see that our efforts to mobilize members of our community to support sensible gun laws are making a big difference. We support the second amendment too, but we also realize guns are taking a terrible toll on our society and we must do something sto stop the violence now. It is a pity that the NRA leadership feels so threatened by the sensible gun laws which aim to reduce gun violence in our society. The NRA should be leading the campaign for sensable gun laws not opposing them by threatening our representatives in Congress and Richmond who want to do the right thing. Our representatives in DC and Richmond should Vote for us and not for the NRA!!!! Mike Potashnik, McLean, VA
Jeff Shivnen April 11, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Great to see such a diverse group representing what Americans want: common sense reform to reduce gun violence. I"m a big 2nd Amendment supporter. This group supports measures that promote gun safety while protecting individual rights. Time for action from our members of Congress. Excellent job CCAGV. Jeff Shivnen McLean., VA
Ray Evert April 11, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Way to go, Amee!
Margot de Ferranti April 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM
These are common-sense approaches to reduce gun violence and the on-the-ground door-to-door canvassing is the antidote we need to counter the intimidation of gun manufacturers' representatives such as the NRA. Margot de Ferranti, McLean
Rekha Nadkarni April 12, 2013 at 01:04 PM
It is unthinkable that any intelligent person much less an elected leader would support sale of a weapon without a background check. Hope Sen Warner will embrace the other two sensible amendments limiting number of rounds in a magazine and a ban on assault weapons.
Gailmarie Goldrick April 12, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Great effort!
Karen Hendrixson April 12, 2013 at 04:23 PM
This is great news! These are common sense measures that respect second amendment rights. Our representatives in Richmond and DC need to take note that we'll watching to see whether they listen to us or to the NRA.
Rose Ann Porter April 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM
It is great to see our representatives responding to the wishes of the people not the lobbies.
P. Scott April 15, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I am proud to part of the signature-gathering effort of CCAGV. People want sensible gun reform. Let's put the politicians' feet to the fire and demand they listen to us. If they don't listen, then vote 'em out! In the meantime, let's keep a' knocking!
Kris Gregory April 15, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I've had an NRA member, a woman who was shot 42 years ago and recovered, Republicans, hunters, a competitive target shooter, a nurse, a woman whose 2 sons are police officers, veterans, and a family member of one of the Virginia Tech victims sign our CCAGV petition for me. All of them are Virginians who live in Congressman Wolf's district and like me, they want smart gun laws that keep families safer.

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