A few dozen people lined up outside Rep. Barbara Comstock’s (R-10-VA) Sterling office today to protest her voting record on guns.
Martina Leinz, with the Virginia Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, said she and about 40 other people gathered to show their support for one bill in particular, a Senate measure that would prevent individuals on the no-fly list from buying guns.
The amendment, made by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, is not expected to pass in the Senate, so it will likely not make it to the House of Representatives, or Comstock, for a vote.
But Leinz said the congresswoman has “an egregious record on gun violence.” “She sides with the NRA instead of with public safety,” she added.
In an emailed statement, Comstock’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jeff Marschner said, “Terrorists shouldn’t have access to weapons of any kind and we are continuing to work with our colleagues to find ways to ensure that they don’t. Since the time when Congresswoman Comstock worked at the Justice Department post-9/11 to the present, she has a long record of supporting and providing our state, local, and federal officials with the tools necessary to battle terrorism and detect, track, stop, remove, detain, or incarcerate terrorists. “
She is in support of giving the FBI, CIA and intelligence and law enforcement professionals, “a wide range of the tools necessary to do this important job,” he stated.
Comstock has cosponsored bipartisan bills, including HR 3722 last year, that would strengthen background checks and help prevent people with mental illness from obtaining guns.