As the 2007 General Assembly session heads to a close on Saturday, an important pro-gun bill was halted in the Senate and precedent-setting legislation to cease gun dealer entrapment schemes advanced through both houses. First, just hours after officially announcing his retirement from the Virginia Senate, State Senator Russ Potts (R-27), called upon his now infamous and shameless theatrical skills in an attack on HB3109, an NRA-backed bill that would have reduced the areas in which localities could regulate hunting. Following a series of parliamentary maneuvers, by a vote of 20-19, the Senate re-referred HB3109 to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee -- a move that essentially kills the bill for this session. Although Senator Potts’ opening proclaimed that he was, yet again, willing to "fall on his own sword" and oppose another pro-gun bill, law-abiding Virginians shouldn't be fooled into thinking that this plot was orchestrated by Potts alone. Rest assured, as the 2007 campaign season begins to unfold in Virginia, we will provide you with accurate information regarding those Senators who worked to derail critical pro-Second Amendment legislation during the 2007 legislative session.
On the bright side, both legislative chambers have now approved HB2653, a measure that will stop big city mayors from seeking to snare firearms dealers in entrapment schemes aimed to intimidate gun owners and law-abiding licensed gun dealers. This bill now heads to Governor Kaine (D) for his approval.
You may locate information on how your lawmakers voted on these bills by visiting http://legis.state.va.us/.