It’s the House’s turn down in Richmond to start considering legislation in committee. I wanted to pass along some Delegate e-mail addresses and encourage you to write them letting them know your position on these. I’ve just re-ported an earlier write up of the bills dealing with firearms matters this evening, so look here if you’d like to get up to speed.
Several of these bills are to be discussed in the House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety, subcommittee #1 tomorrow. There are also several bills to be considered that apparently didn’t make it onto the list I already prepared so I’ll briefly describe the new ones below.
House Bills 8, 26, 52, 79, 108, 109, 152, 171, 637, 870, and 885 from my previous post are all being heard tomorrow. Additionally, we have:
House Bill 871, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), would clarify that a person who is applying for a concealed handgun permit for the first time has the same right to an ore tenus (verbal or oral statements) hearing if the permit is denied as a person who has previously held a concealed handgun permit.
House Bill 995, sponsored by Delegate David Nutter (R-7), would add a valid concealed handgun permit and a current or retired military identification card as documentation needed to establish citizenship or permanent residence in order to purchase an “assault” firearm in Virginia.
House Bill 1092, sponsored by Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-6), would give retired law-enforcement the ability to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
House Bill 1191, sponsored by Delegate H. Morgan Griffith (R-8), would allow a circuit court judge to authorize the Clerk of Court to issue concealed handgun permits in instances where the application is complete, the background check does not indicate that the applicant is disqualified, and, after consulting with the local sheriff or police department, there are no other questions or issues surrounding the application.
House Bill 1210, sponsored by Delegate G. Manoli Loupassi (R-68), would give judges the ability to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
House Bill 1256, sponsored by Delegate Paula Miller (D-87), would provide that certain law-enforcement officers who resign from their position in good standing to accept a position covered by the Virginia Retirement System, shall be eligible to carry a concealed handgun if he or she has received written proof of consultation with and favorable review of the need to carry a concealed handgun, issued by the chief law-enforcement officer of the agency from which the officer resigned.
These are all bills that seek to clarify or extend protections for Virginians’ 2nd Amendment rights and, therefore, I recommend you ask the Delegates to support these bills. (In case you need a complete list to paste into your e-mail, it’s 8, 26, 52, 79, 108, 109, 152, 171, 637, 870, 871, 995, 995, 1092, 1191, 1210, and 1256.)
There are also 2 bills up in the same meeting that I recommend you urge the Delegates to oppose. They are:
House Bill 879, sponsored by Delegate Mamye BaCote (D-95), would allow localities to pass ordinances banning the possession of firearms and ammunition in libraries they own or operate.
House Bill 1234, sponsored by Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71), would require all sales at a gun show to go through a federally licensed dealer. This bill is overly vague and broadly defines a vendor as someone who “exhibits, sells, offers for sale, transfers or exchanges any firearms at a firearm show.” This bill is nothing more than an attempt by anti-gun advocates to ultimately ban the private sale of firearms in Virginia.
The members of the committee are:
Delegate Thomas Wright (R-61)- Chairman
Delegate H. Morgan Griffith (R-8)
Delegate David Nutter (R-7)
Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31)
Delegate Mark Keam (D-35)
You can get all of their addresses by clicking this link. Please be courteous when you write and please do write them!