As hoped for, the Virginia Senate has repeated its actions from the past 2 years and voted to pass a law permitting those with a valid concealed handgun permit to continue their concealed carry into restaurants that serve alcohol. The House passed their version of the bill, HB505, last Friday. The Senate bill, SB334, was passed 22-18 and now heads over to the House. The House’s bill was referred to the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice today.
The bills are pretty much identical so I don’t see that either bill will have trouble. And, even if one of them did, only 1 of these bills needs to be passed to change the law and send it to Gov. McDonnell’s desk. Bob McDonnell will sign the bill and will finally put this inconsistency to rest. I’m looking forward to seeing this pass.