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Dems are working to bring back parole

The third week of the 2020 Session has concluded, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on the latest news from Richmond.

This Monday, January 20, we witnessed an unprecedented gathering of 22,000-plus gun rights activists assembled to assert their Second Amendment rights, as well as to lobby in opposition of gun-control measures introduced by the Democrat-controlled House and Senate.

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, Monday’s demonstrators proved gun owners are responsible and respectful, even taking care to clean up the area at the end of their event, leaving Capitol Square spotless.  Not a single firearm was confiscated at the rally, as gun owners peaceably gathered, exercised their constitutional rights, and dispersed.

I want to emphasize my appreciation for those of you who took the time to speak with me and my staff on Monday, as well as express my commitment to making Virginia a safer place by protecting the rights of gun owners. 

Meanwhile, Democrats are working to soften sentences for criminals.  They’re working to bring back parole – which will let dangerous criminals back on the streets before they finish their sentences.  Those included that would be eligible for early release have been convicted of first-degree murder, rape, sexual assault, and violent robbery.  They claim their policies will create safer communities. Now in our third week of the session, their intentions are becoming very clear –  pass laws that make life more difficult for law-abiding Virginians and easier for criminals.

It has been such a pleasure to see so many people from the district visit us in Richmond this week.  If you happen to be in the Richmond area during this year’s General Assembly session, please stop in and say hello. 

Visiting this week were Baxter and Kellie Stegall, Brian and Debbie Weltch, Ricky Rash, and Lennice Werth from Nottoway County.  Pat Williams, Mike Hankins, and James Long from Lunenburg County.  Glenn Hudson, Wally Hudson, Dennis Spence, Cliff Preddy, Matt Lawson, and Philip Kallam from Mecklenburg.  Jeff Squires, Holly Morris, David Felts, and Ray Pembelton from Amelia County.  Tim Ashlin, H. A. French, and Justin Reed from Cumberland.  Also visiting was Blackstone Town Manager Philip Vannoorbeech.

Del. Tommy Wright can be reached via email at DelTWright@house.virginia.gov or (804) 698-1061.