As an Army veteran and a doctor—and an Eastern Shore native who grew up hunting—Ralph knows the damage weapons can do. That’s why he’s been a staunch advocate for commonsense gun safety laws since his time in the state senate.
Ralph cast a tie-breaking vote as lieutenant governor to block legislation that would’ve allowed Virginians to carry concealed weapons without permits. In the state senate, he fought legislation to allow people to bring guns into bars and other places where alcohol was served because he knows that guns and alcohol are a deadly combination. Ralph also voted to ban concealed carry privileges for those convicted of driving under the influence or public intoxication in other states.
In his first weeks in the Virginia senate, Ralph met Virginia Tech survivors who came to Richmond to advocate for commonsense gun safety reform, and he has been partners with them ever since. He proudly voted to close the Gun Show Loophole and to keep the One-Handgun-A-Month limit. Ralph will continue fighting to close the Gun Show Loophole and has promised to reinstate the commonwealth’s successful One-Handgun-A-Month policy if elected governor, limiting the number of handguns an individual can purchase.
Ralph supports increasing access to mental healthcare to keep guns out of the hands of those who are severely mentally ill and knows that expanding Medicaid would be a great step forward. Ralph voted to enhance the background check system after the Virginia Tech tragedy and voted to revoke concealed carry permits for those who are deemed by a judge as legally incompetent, mentally incapacitated, or who are involuntarily committed.
As an Army doctor during the First Gulf War, Ralph saw what assault weapons do to the human body. As a doctor, he’s held dying children in his arms, victims of gun violence. He knows we cannot afford any more Virginia Techs or Newtowns. We have to act now with universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and smaller clips.