The Democratic-controlled state Senate in Virginia is set to approve a proposal that would allow governments to seize firearms from people with mental illnesses or those who are shown to have criminal intent.
The “red flag” bill comes before lawmakers Wednesday, part of a broader gun control package Virginia Democrats are pushing now that they control all branches of state government.
Preliminary approval on the bill came Tuesday, a day after gun rights protesters came to Richmond on the state’s annual Lobby Day. Following the expected passage in the Senate, the bill will go before the state House of Delegates and then onto Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.