Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, sat in his office with the door open as gun rights advocates wandered through the hallways.
“Everybody has been very polite,” Edwards said. “We’ve had plenty of productive conversations. I wish there was a little less misinformation and hyperbole, because I spent quite a bit of time addressing that.”
Several months after a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, a bill to require background checks on all firearm purchases at gun shows didn’t make it out of a committee in the Virginia State Senate. Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, cast a vote against it.
Two longtime Senate incumbents — one Democrat, the other Republican — fended off upstart challenges from independent candidates Tuesday and will retain their seats in the Virginia General Assembly.
Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, is the only Democratic lawmaker in the General Assembly who was endorsed by the NRA during his last election....He says he can’t anymore. Over his past four years in office he quietly shifted from either not voting on or opposing most gun control legislation that came his way to backing the entire slate of proposals put forward by Gov. Ralph Northam this year, including the one-hand-gun-a-month law he helped overturn.
A first-time political candidate and a man making his second run for public office have entered General Assembly races in the Roanoke Valley.
Steven Nelson is running as an independent against Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, who is seeking a seventh term. Nelson, 64, said it was his “civic duty” to challenge Edwards, who he said has been in office for too long.
Roanoke’s city council will remain unable to ban guns and ammunition from its chambers during meetings.
A bill proposed by state Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, quickly died in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday.
The party-line vote was 8-6 with Republicans in the majority.