Gun Safety Laws Official in Virginia

Dogwood newsletter

By Arianna Coghill

April 10, 2020

Welcome to today’s edition of the Dogwood. We’ve got a round-up of all today’s Virginia news coming right up.

But first…

As the COVID-19 pandemic brings many industries to a halt, read about how one Virginia fitness studio chain went virtual to ensure everyone can maintain their health and community while they’re stuck at home. — Dogwood

Five Things You Need to Know Today

  1. Virginia coronavirus cases rise to 4,509 cases, 121 deaths total- The Virginia Department of Health reported 4,509 cases of coronavirus in Virginia, an increase of 467 since yesterday. A total of 121 people ahve died from the virus, and 772 people are hospitalized. According to the VDH, 35,459 people have been tested in the state. But due to a lack of widespread testing, there might be more infected people than data lets on. —The Daily Progress

  2. The Gun Lobby is Profiting Off of Coronavirus Fears- The President of the American Federation of Teachers and a survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting explain how the coronavirus pandemic could make gun violence worse as groups like the NRA push people to buy fire arms in the name of safety. The data shows that makes us all less safe. — Dogwood

  3. Deaths at Central Virginia Care Facility Jump to 39- A central Virginia care facility has had six more residents die due to coronavirus or related complications, bringing the total to 39. The Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center had 84 residents test positive for coronavirus. The suburban Richmond facility has one of the worst known outbreaks of the virus in the United States. — WTOP

  4. Immigration Groups Sue ICE, Demand Release of High Risk People from VA Facility- Several immigration advocacy groups are calling for the release of high-risk people who are being held in Virginia detention centers during the coronavirus pandemic. Three groups have filed a lawsuit against ICE on behalf of nine people being held at in Virginia detention centers. “Immigration detention centers should not be a death sentence,” said Project Director of the Immigration Impact Lab Adina Applebaum. — WRIC

  5. Northam Signs Gun Control Bills Into Law- Gov. Ralph Northam signed five gun control bills into law, a move that he and other supporters say will save lives. Almost 22,000 people protested the bills in Richmond in January, soon after the Democrats took over the General Assembly. The bills enact restrictions like expanding background checks and reinstating the state’s one handgun a month policy and will take effect July 1. —Richmond Times-Dispatch
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