Attorney General Herring has stood up to the gun lobby and a legislature that is beholden to it. He has built a record of combating gun violence and has taken strong stands in favor of common-sense gun safety measures.
For the 2021 Special Legislative Session in Virginia, Attorney General Herring requested funds be included in the introduced budget that will allow the Office of Attorney General to implement community-based gun violence prevention programs across the Commonwealth, which was successfully adopted.
Attorney General Mark Herring has successfully defended Virginia’s newly enacted gun safety measures from legal challenges by the gun lobby, which include the “one handgun a month” law, a “red flag” law, and mandatory background checks.
Attorney General Mark Herring has called on the federal government, including Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to close the loopholes that allow the production of 3-D printed guns, or “ghost guns”.
Attorney General Herring has assembled a team of prosecutors to crack down on felons with firearms and gun runners. He and his team prosecuted more than 100 gun crimes, including violent crimes, in both state and federal court.
Attorney General Herring has formed strong working relationships with law enforcement partners, especially in Washington, DC and Maryland, as well as building relationships with local, state, federal, and interstate law enforcement partners.
To address domestic homicide using a gun, Attorney General Herring has built a comprehensive program for training law enforcement and members of Virginia communities in the use of Lethality Assessment Protocol to save lives.
To crackdown on gun-running out of Virginia, he has fought for the reinstatement of Virginia’s “one handgun a month” law and mandatory background checks on all gun sales including those at gun shows.
Attorney General Herring has worked with the Virginia faith community to demand gun manufacturers implement gun safety technology and joined with the Attorneys General of Washington D.C. and Maryland to write a letter to those manufacturers requesting information on their safety measures.