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Bill Restricting Certain Convicts’ Gun Ownership to Resurface in 2015

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A bill gun safety advocates call "common sense," and gun rights groups strongly oppose, will see new life next year.

A Virginia House panel killed the bill last week, but its patrons say they will reintroduce it in 2015. It would temporarily restrict a person from owning a gun for five years after being convicted of certain violent misdemeanors.

Supporters say the bill would be potentially life-saving in the fight against domestic violence.

“This is common sense. It is good policy. It's a public safety policy. It's an issue that protects women and families,” said Lori Haas, an organizer of Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws.

Gun rights groups say the bill is flawed because misdemeanor convictions are not intended to take away individual rights.

Supporters argue the restriction is temporary, and applies only to convicted criminals.

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