The following is the letter I sent to the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Subcommittee tonite on several bills they are considering tomorrow, 26 Jan 2012. The list of this committee’s members’ emails is here.
I know your schedule is very busy so I will keep this brief. I understand you are considering a number of bills tomorrow, 26 Jan 2012, that pertain to firearms matters. I wanted to urge you to oppose certain of these bills and to as strongly support others.
HB364 is yet another attempt to restrict the private sale and transfer of firearms between citizens by requiring them to channel such transactions only through individuals and businesses federally licensed as gun dealers. I ask that you oppose this bill. This is a law that would accomplish nothing except to restrict private commerce by law-abiding citizens. It is a “solution” in search of a problem. With respect, we need less intrusive laws, not more, and Virginia has far, far bigger fish to fry. Do not send this bill to the House.
HB458 is an attempt to allow local governments to enact ordinances that prohibit firearms in a public building in direct contradiction to Virginia’s preemption laws. To allow localities to create a patchwork of inconsistent laws merely encumbers the law-abiding in the exercise of their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. This is not in the best interest of Virginia or her citizenry and I urge you to withhold your support. Again, do not send this bill to the floor.
HB20 clarifies that legal ownership, carrying, and transport of firearms cannot be prohibited under a declaration of emergency. This is an important protection of the law-abiding gun owner’s rights and a crucial guidance to Virginia’s governments. Please approve this bill to be sent to the House.
HB375 explicitly denies local governments the ability to create workplace rules that would keep an employee from lawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition locked in his or her car. As with HB20, this provides an important guidance to local governments and you should approve this bill.
HB940 eliminates the 1-hangun-purchase-per-month law currently in force. It is an arbitrary limitation that provides no significant protection to Virginia while creating a uselessly onerous burden on law-abiding gun owners. It is long past time to lift this restriction and I urge you to send this to the House with your approval for a vote.
There are other bills before you that will protect the rights of Virginia’s gun owners and ensure a consistent application of law across the Commonwealth. I ask that you support those bills, as well, but I wanted to be sure to mention the above legislation specifically.
Thank you for your time and service.