With a Republican soon to take over the Executive Mansion, the National Rifle Association is seeking to remove a prominent gun control advocate from the state’s crime board.
NRA officials in Virginia said Thursday that they would ask Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin to remove Lori Haas from the Virginia State Crime Commission, an agency that studies and makes recommendations related to public safety.
Haas, whose daughter was wounded during the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting in which 32 students and professors were slain, is a regular voice in the Virginia legislature in favor of stricter gun control legislation. Haas, who was appointed to the commission by Gov. Ralph Northam, could not immediately be reached for comment.
It’s unclear if Youngkin will heed the NRA’s request. The governor-elect’s relationship with the NRA has been more distant than that of past GOP candidates, and he did not emphasize gun control during his campaign, other than saying generally that he supports the Second Amendment.
The Youngkin transition on Thursday declined to comment specifically on the NRA’s request.