Northern Virginia Ethical Society

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Gun Violence

While the Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to "keep and bear arms", they have also made it clear that this right is "not unlimited".

The Northern Virginia Ethical Society believes it is a moral imperative to reduce death and injury from gunfire and endorses comprehensive and effective public policy measures such as those recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police Association (IACP) and other experts, including::
  • Keeping guns out of the hands of prohibited persons by closing gaps in the background check system, including requiring Brady criminal background checks for all sales at gun shows;
  • Decreasing the firepower available to civilians by prohibiting large capacity ammunition magazines;
  • Implementing a common sense, comprehensive approach to help law enforcement prevent gun trafficking that will decrease the availability of illegal guns, including licensing handgun purchasers and strengthening the regulation of gun dealers;
  • Strengthening record keeping of gun transfers, and requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns to law enforcement to ensure better accountability of guns for persons involved in the supply of guns to the illegal market;
  • Supporting efforts to increase resources and capacity for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and repealing existing statutory restrictions that hamper the agency's ability to combat illegal gun trafficking;
  • Supporting new technologies to help law enforcement more effectively trace crime guns and supporting development of safety features to childproof guns;
  • Encouraging local efforts to prevent and reduce gun violence;
  • Urging firearms retailers to implement protocols aimed at preventing the sales of firearms to prohibited purchasers and preventing "straw purchases"; and
  • Improving the National Violent Death Reporting System Data, and restoring firearms research funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Approved by the membership, January 2016