The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) 2018 Gun Violence in Virginia report shows that 4% of gun related homicides are committed by rifles while 80% of gun related homicides are committed by handguns.
Using discharge billing data and diagnoses information from all Virginia licensed hospitals, the Virginia Department of Health was able to show that banning AR15 style rifles (SB16, HB961) or limiting handgun purchases (HB22) will have zero impact on gun related homicides in Virginia.
The report also shows a 22% increase in homicides since Democrats have taken control over the house and senate in Virginia. Gun related suicides have also increased by over 40% since democrats took control of the state.
Currently there are no bills up for vote that will have a positive impact on gun related homicides in Virginia.
HB961 bans the sale of AR15 style rifles but does not ban them or call for their confiscation which means, no AR15 rifles out of civilian circulation or of the streets. HB22 limits handgun purchases to 1 purchase every 30 days but again, does nothing to curb the violence that is shown in this VDH report.
With no “assault” rifles or handguns being banned or removed from civilian circulation nothing has changed, however, it does raise a question. Why are tax payer dollars being spent on bills that do nothing to help with gun related homicides?
You can read the full report here: VA-Dept-Health-Gun-Violence-report.pdf