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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden is hard at work, rallying the American people around the administration’s gun safety proposals. Earlier this week he participated in a Google+ “Fireside Hangout” and Friday he will be joined by Virginia’s Democratic senator Tim Kaine in the state capital of Richmond to participate in a roundtable discussion “with experts who worked on gun safety following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech,” according to the Associated Press.

In an email to supporters Friday, Biden called for grassroots action to get Congress to act on President Obama’s gun safety proposals:

The president has called on Congress to act on four specific legislative measures: closing background-check loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, making our schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services.

Friday’s visit to Virginia sends a powerful message to the gun lobby and politicians prepared to fight against stronger gun laws. The Old Dominion is home to the National Rifle Association and has recently passed some of the loosest gun laws in the country.

Virginia earned only 12 points out of 100 in the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s state scorecard. The Brady Campaign said, “Virginia has weak gun laws that help feed the illegal gun market, allow the sale of guns without background checks and put children at risk.”

From repealing the one-handgun-a-month law to allowing loaded guns in bars, here are five of the craziest gun laws in Virginia.

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