Submitted by: Richmond Academy of Medicine
WHEREAS, MSV Policy 40.9.02 expresses support for future laws and regulations relating to firearms which would promote trauma control and increased public safety, and
WHEREAS, MSV policy 40.9.05 supports gun violence restraining orders as a mechanism to decrease gun related suicides and homicides.
WHEREAS, research indicates that states that restricted access to firearms by abusers under restraining orders saw an 8% decrease in intimate partner homicides (Vigdor, et al), and
WHEREAS, MSV Policy 40.23.01 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, and
WHEREAS, in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session, SB 732 as introduced would prohibit “a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, brandishing a firearm, or two or more convictions of assault and battery from possessing or transporting a firearm” but this bill was passed by indefinitely, and
WHEREAS, research indicates that individuals with prior misdemeanor convictions are at greater risk of future violence and firearm-related crimes (Wintemute, et al), and
WHEREAS, District of Columbia vs. Heller upheld the right of individual states to impose restrictions on gun ownership, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Medical Society of Virginia reaffirm policy 40.9.05; and furthermore be it
RESOLVED, that the Medical Society of Virginia support prohibiting gun ownership by individuals convicted of prior violent misdemeanors; and furthermore be it
RESOLVED, that the Medical Society of Virginia oppose requiring reciprocal concealed carry permits in Virginia.