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McAuliffe wants to reinstate Va. gun sale restrictions

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks while Northern Virginia law enforcement officers look on.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – During their final debate in the 2014 Virginia gubernatorial race, Ken Cuccinelli scoffed that his Democratic opponent had flunked a test of character – namely, that Terry McAuliffe received a grade of “F” from the National Rifle Association.

McAuliffe quick-fired a stunning rebuttal, more or less putting his election prospects where his mouth is.

“I don’t CARE what grade I got from the NRA,” he said.

McAuliffe, of course, went on to narrowly defeat Cuccinelli, and Monday in Arlington he attempted to make good on his bold pledge a little more than a year ago at Virginia Tech, site of the mass killings in April 2007 that left 32 people dead.

He announced a series of gun-control measures that include a return to the one-handgun-a-month law championed by former Gov. Doug Wilder (D) but repealed under Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), and demanding background checks at gun shows in the state.

He also made the point, for whatever reason, that he’s a gun owner.

Regardless, he attempted to bridge the divide between gun-happy Virginians and other residents of the commonwealth who are less-than-gung-ho about the state’s present firearm regulations.

“Folks, this is not a partisan issue,” McAuliffe said. “It is a public safety issue (and) it’s an anti-crime issue.”

Not a partisan issue?

He’ll likely have some tough sledding on that one, inasmuch that Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly.

As GOP Sen. Dick Black of Loudoun County told ABC7’s Jeff Goldberg after the announcement, McAuliffe’s proposals will be “dead on arrival” once they’re officially received in Richmond.

Black went on to opine that, among things, the proposals are: “a gun grab. . .a crackdown on gun rights. . .(bound to attract) a firestorm of opposition,” and that he’ll be “stunned” if any of them pass.

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