Denver Riggleman Discusses Divide Over Gun Control
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Republican Denver Riggleman spent the day tackling some sweet and sour topics. He visited a candy factory in Fluvanna County, but couldn't escape the bitter divide over gun control.
NBC29s Daniel Grimes had the chance to ask the 5th District republican why he voted against the bipartisan background check bill and what legislation he would support. While at Red Rocker Candy, Riggleman told Grimes that republicans tried to introduce 48 amendments and they were all rejected so he voted 'no'.
He said he would be interested in red flag legislation that President Trump has also touted. That would enable law enforcement and family members to obtain temporary court orders to confiscate weapons from someone they deem to be a threat to the public or themselves. He also strongly condemned white nationalism.
"That was a white nationalist that attacked those poor individuals in El Paso. Absolutely, you have to condemn that behavior across the board,” said Riggleman.
Riggleman said Virginia has a semblance of red flag in operation right now via emergency custody orders and temporary detention orders. He said if you're deemed to be a threat due to mental illness then the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives can automatically take away your weapon.
The congressman said he would support having house and senate leadership end the recess immediately to go back to Washington and vote on gun control legislation.