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VCDL President on Domestic Violence and Guns

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Published on Jan 28, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Philip Van Cleave, the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) provided testimony before the Virginia Senate's Courts of Justice Committee on SB 510, a bill that would prohibit individuals convicted of violent misdemeanor offenses from possessing firearms for a period of five years.

In the video, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw asks Van Cleave, "So you think that if you go out and you slap your wife around and all it is is a misdemeanor [conviction], you shouldn't lose your weapon after that. Is that what you're telling me?"

Van Cleave responds, "Correct. If she slaps me, I wouldn't expect her to lose her gun rights either." He then adds that the notion that slapping your wife should deny someone the ability to legally own firearms is "silly."

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