Donald McEachin on Gun Control



Reduce gun violence with universal background checks

Donald knows we have an urgent responsibility to prevent crime and improve public safety. In Congress, Donald will:
Source: 2016 Virginia House campaign website DonaldMcEachin.com , Nov 8, 2016

No concealed carry without a permit

No concealed carry without a permit Legislative Summary: Allows any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within the Commonwealth. A second violation shall be punishable as a felony. It shall be an affirmative defense regarding a handgun violation, that a person had been issued a valid concealed handgun permit.

Legislative Outcome:: Sen. McEachin voted NAY; introduced Dec. 15; failed Senate 20-20 on Feb. 1, with tie-breaker vote by Lt. Governor Northam.

Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB48 , Feb 1, 2016

Share handgun info with Maryland despite no reciprocity

SB948: Information on concealed handgun permittees in the VA Criminal Information Network shall not be shared with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with VA for the carrying of concealed handguns.

Analysis by W-Y Daily 1/26/15: The bill would affect states that do not have reciprocal agreements with Virginia. Maryland does not recognize concealed weapon permits issued in VA. The bill comes after gun owners expressed concerns about being targeted by MD State Police.

Veto message: The sharing of concealed handgun permit information between law enforcement agencies provides officers advanced information concerning whether an individual may be armed. This information is imperative and potentially life-saving.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-16-0 on Jan/22/15; State Sen. Donald McEachin voted NO; Passed House 66-33-1 on Feb/17; Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on Mar/27; Veto sustained 24-16-0 (needed 27) on Apr/15.

Source: W-Y Daily analysis of Virginia voting records SB948 , Jan 22, 2015

Don't allow locked concealed weapons in motor vehicles

HB 1106: Creates a new exemption to the general prohibition against carrying concealed weapons by allowing a handgun in a private motor vehicle or boat if the handgun is locked.

Summary in favor by the NRA-ILA: HB 1106 allowing concealed carry without a permit on personal property and in a motor vehicle, provided the person carrying the firearm notifies a law enforcement agent of the firearm during a traffic stop.

Veto message from Governor Tim Kaine:This measure runs contrary to existing state law, allowing persons who have not completed a criminal background check, and who are untrained with a handgun, to possess a firearm in a concealed manner. It presents a danger to our law enforcement officers. The objections of law enforcement to this measure are compelling.

Legislative Outcome: Passed by Senate 23-17-0 on Mar/6/06; Passed by House 70-24-6 on Mar/9/06; Rep. McEachin voted NO; Vetoed by Governor Kaine on Apr/11/06

Source: Virginia Legislative voting record HB 1106 , Apr 11, 2006

Supports gun-control legislation.

McEachin supports the PVS survey question on gun control

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q10 on Nov 8, 2016

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

McEachin voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".