Reynolds and Republican Del. C. Todd Gilbert also have proposals to allow those who have a preliminary protective order against them to be able to purchase and carry a gun as long as a court hasn't found that they abused the person who sought protection.
Reynolds said the bill was needed because of a Martinsville case in which a woman who was the victim of a violent crime bought a handgun then had a protective order issued against her for not taking her child to school. She was charged with a felony.
Several anti-gun bills also have been filed.
Del. Jennifer McClellan once again introduced a bill to close the so-called "gun-show loophole," which allows private sales at gun shows without the background checks that dealers must perform. McClellan called the proposal a common sense approach to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
"The Second Amendment is just like every other amendment. It should be limited based on public safety," said McClellan, D-Richmond. "There are limits to every right."
Other bills would ban handguns in libraries and in the state Capitol and the General Assembly Building where committee meetings are held.
Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington who sponsored the Capitol gun ban, said the shooting in Tucson should cause all public officials to re-examine their safety.
"I find it a little bit offensive that they are offering bills that would protect themselves and protect their places of business," Haas said. "We want protection for all citizens."
Ian Branson of Vienna said the shooting in Arizona is unfortunate, but limiting citizens' freedom isn't the answer. He supports all the attempts to ease gun laws.
"We are 100 percent determined to get firearms laws reduced to the point that 'shall not be infringed' is the law of the land," Branson said.
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