WCSO to receive grant money for new gun law

The Wise County Sheriff's Office is one of three Virginia counties set to receive about $160,000 in federal funding in return for accepting firearms from people subject to permanent protective orders.

The new law says that individuals who are subject to final Family Abuse Protective Orders are prohibited from possessing firearms and must surrender those guns within 24 hours of being charged or face a Class 6 felony.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that $28,045 will be issued to the Sheriff's Office to help prepare their offices to store those weapons.

The grants will also go to sheriffs' offices in Dinwiddie County and Franklin County.

McAuliffe and Republican state lawmakers agreed to compromise gun legislation earlier this year that prohibits people from carrying a firearm if they are subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offense.

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