The General Assembly in Virginia has convened for 2012, as I alluded to in this post, and there are several bills that have been introduced for the session that relate to 2nd Amendment protections. Thanks to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) we have a pretty good rundown of what they are and where some of Virginia’s most prominent defenders of our right to keep and bear arms stand on them. You can view the NRA’s list in its entirety here and view the VCDL’s Bill Analysis Summary here (PDF format).
As any long-time reader knows, I’m a firm supporter of American citizens’ right to keep and bear arms so legislation affecting that area is of great interest to me. I’ll be watching several of these bills as they come through the GA. Of particular interest to me are:
HB 20: Emergency Services & Disaster Law; shall not be interpreted to prohibit carrying, etc., of firearms. This adds the legal carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms to the list of things that cannot be limited or prohibited during a declared state of emergency. Thumbs way, way up – I approve and I absolutely want to see this passed.
HB 25: Concealed handgun permits; confidentiality of permittee information. This explicity prevents any clerk of the court from disclosing information contained on a concealed handgun permit (CHP) application. Again, given the situations that have occured where personally identifiable information on these CHP applications have been simply broadcast into the public domain, I feel we need to rigidly code this into the law and lock it down.
HB 237: Criminal history record information checks upon handgun purchases; dissemination of information. This bill would cease the practice of running background checks against both the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and against the Virginia-specific system and rely on the NICS instead for long gun sales. This cost and time involved in maintaining the 2 system-approach is not justified by the performance of the systems and I think we can just use the national one.
HB 364: Criminal history record information; record check to be performed on prospective transferee. The myth-that-shall-not-die, the so-called “gun show loophole” is still on the Dem’s agenda and it’s every bit as bogus today as it ever has been. It is nothing more than an attempt to prepare the ground to outlaw any and all private sales or transfers of firearms and this bill should be put down as quickly and with as much predjudice as can be mustered.
SB 323: Handguns; eliminates prohibition on purchasing more than one in a 30-day period. Virginia has a law that limits the number of handguns a citizen may purchase to one per month. Arbitrary and useless. It should be repealed/lifted and this bill does that. Pass it.
I would suggest if you’re interested in these matters that you follow the links and get up to speed on the bills. Then make a point of contacting your elected reps and express your desire for them to vote on these bills as you’d like to see.