The Richmond Academy of Medicine
MSV has a number of policies supporting laws and regulations relating to firearms including: Policy 145.003 which promotes trauma control and increased public safety, Policy 17-204 which supports gun violence restraining orders as mechanisms to decrease gun related suicides and homicides and Policy 515.001 which opposes any type of domestic violence and supports the inclusion of educational material regarding resources, criminal laws, and prevention in government publications related to marriage and families. Research indicates that states which restrict access to firearms by abusers under restraining orders saw an 8% decrease in intimate partner homicides (Vigdor, et al). Research also indicates that individuals with prior misdemeanor convictions are at greater risk of future violence and firearm-related crimes (Wintemute, et al). District of Columbia vs. Heller upheld the right of individual states to impose restrictions on gun ownership.
The Richmond Academy of Medicine requests that the Medical Society of Virginia staff seek to introduce (and actively support) legislation creating gun violence restraining orders (also known as extreme risk restraining orders) and legislation prohibiting gun ownership by individuals convicted of prior violent misdemeanors, such as 2018 SB 732. Furthermore, we ask the Medical Society of Virginia to oppose any legislation that would require reciprocal concealed carry permits in Virginia.
SB732 from 2018 GA Session Background information can be found on pages 2-8 of appendix