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About VRGL

It has now been many years since the tragic massacre at Virginia Tech, and gun violence continues to destroy families and communities across the Commonwealth, from Hampton to Manassas to Alexandria.

Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws (VRGL) is a coalition of communities, action groups, law enforcement agencies, religious figures, civic leaders, and everyday Virginians seeking responsible common sense gun legislation for Virginia.  We believe that it is a moral imperative to reduce death and injury from gunfire and endorse comprehensive and effective policy measures to prevent future gun violence. We believe that guns should be kept out of the hands of dangerous criminals and those with serious mental illness by closing gaps in the background check system, including requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales.  We also support policies that enhance law enforcement’s ability to enforce existing gun laws and combat the flow of illegal guns into our communities.

Our children, our neighborhoods, and all Virginians deserve to be free from the destructive force of gun violence. Please join our effort.

VRGL Organizers

Lori Haas

After Lori’s daughter Emily was shot twice and survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, she became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts in Virginia and nationwide.  She has worked with law enforcement, faith, community and business leaders. Lori also works closely with the survivor community, including those families directly affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  Lori has testified before the Virginia General Assembly many times and has relationships with the Virginia congressional delegation and their staffs.  She and her husband (a gun owner) live in Richmond, Virginia and have two sons in addition to their daughter Emily.


Andrew Patrick

Andrew Patrick is a VRGL organizer in Northern Virginia. He is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2006. Andrew previously spent six years as a staffer on Capitol Hill and has organized as a part of various campaigns. He is an avid fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Capitals. Andrew lives with his wife and beagle mix in northwest Washington, D.C.


Kayla Hicks

Kayla is a VRGL organizer in the Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore area.  She is also a private investigator at J.M. Richard Investigations LLC. and a licensed bail enforcement agent.  As a gun owner herself, Kayla has a special interest in responsible firearms ownership. She also has a passion for helping others, and volunteers as a victims assistance advocate in her community.


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