Virginia: Governor Recovering After Fall From Horse

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gun control advocates, opponents square off in Richmond.

Gov. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Advocates and opponents of gun control held dueling demonstrations at the Virginia Capitol on Monday as the perennial debate over the hot-button topic began anew.

Terry McAuliffe was hospitalized Monday in Richmond with complications from being tossed by a horse and breaking seven ribs during a holiday trip to Africa with his family, a spokesman said. The governor was expected to spend the night at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and recover for two or three days, the spokesman, Brian Coy, said. The Old Dominion Democrat suffered the injury on Christmas Day during a family trip to visit his daughter, who works for a no-profit in Tanzania, the Associated Press reported. Many attendees wore orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers and a speaker assailed McAuliffe and other gun-control advocates as “gun grabbers.” In the afternoon, gun-control backers wore yellow “Background Checks Save Lives” stickers and displayed a string of red paper hearts representing the more than 800 gun deaths in Virginia last year.

McAuliffe has proposed restoring a Virginia law, repealed in 2012, limiting handgun purchases to one a month; closing the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows sales by private sellers without a criminal background check; prohibiting possession of firearms by people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and those subject to protective orders; and revoking concealed handgun permits of parents delinquent on child support payments. McAuliffe had been working as he normally would since the accident, delivering his State of the Commonwealth address last week make several trips around the state. McAuliffe’s packed schedule doesn’t allow him to routinely participate in equestrian activities, the governor is confident in his riding abilities, his spokesman said.

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