Del. Dan Helmer, who represents parts of Prince William County, has introduced a bill to ban indoor gun ranges in buildings where more than 50 people work, a move that would likely affect the indoor gun range at National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax.
"Yes, this plan would affect the NRA, we also think it will save lives,” Helmer, D-40th, said about the bill in an email Tuesday.
Democratic challenger Dan Helmer defeated Republican incumbent Del. Tim Hugo Tuesday, according to initial projections provided by the Associated Press.
The victory signaled Democratic strength in a closely-contested district, where Hugo currently serves as the only Republican House member representing Northern Virginia.
Tim Hugo, the last Republican legislator in the Virginia suburbs closest to Washington, calls himself “Delegate Pothole.” He tweets about neighborhood detours, car break-ins and lane closings. “Be sure to find an alternative route!” he wrote ahead of repair work at one intersection.
House District 40 straddles the county line, with nearly eight of 10 voters in Fairfax County and the remainder in Prince William County. Del. Tim Hugo (R-Clifton) is challenged by Democrat Dan Helmer. In this visualization, VPAP draws together all its resources to explore the district's geography, demographics, voter profile and partisan tendencies in recent statewide elections.
On a recent evening, Democrat Dan Helmer knocks on townhouse doors in a quiet subdivision in Clifton, Va.
At one home, voter Arif Said opens the door. He wears a white T-shirt printed with “Go Navy,” and Helmer hurries to make a connection.
Virginia Democrat Dan Helmer got a boost in his bid to unseat Del. Tim Hugo when presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared by his side over the Labor Day weekend to whip up voter enthusiasm in a pivotal state election this November.
O’Rourke traveled throughout the state over the weekend, driving home the message that national Democrats want to flip control of the Virginia legislature in part to build momentum for the race for the White House.
Virginia Del. Tim Hugo this week expressed support for a “red flag” gun bill that would remove guns from some people considered a risk to themselves or others, an apparent shift for the Fairfax Republican who faces a tough reelection challenge in November.
Hugo is chair of the House GOP caucus, which joined Senate Republicans last month to shut down a special legislative session on gun control that had been convened by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) after the mass shooting in Virginia Beach in May.
Republican Caucus Chair Del. Tim Hugo is now backing a “red flag” gun law in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings that killed 31 people earlier this month.
The bill, introduced by Del. Jason Miyares, also a Republican, would allow law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or to others.
A political stalemate in Fairfax County has left several local court seats vacant, delaying criminal cases and child-custody disputes in Virginia’s largest judicial circuit.
At the center of the controversy is Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), whose mostly western Fairfax district became an island of red in Northern Virginia after a wave of Democratic victories in 2017 that left Republicans with only slim majorities in the state Senate and House of Delegates.