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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Please Contact Your State Legislators Today!

On Wednesday, February 6, by overwhelmingly bipartisan majorities, the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee passed two critically important advances for law-abiding Virginia gun owners.

Senate Bill 436, sponsored by State Senator Jill Vogel (R-27), passed by a 10-5 margin.  This legislation further clarifies existing case law by establishing an exemption to the general prohibition against carrying concealed firearms by allowing a person who may lawfully possess a firearm to carry a handgun in a private vehicle or boat if the handgun is locked in a container or compartment.  Please contact the following Senators and thank them for standing up for your right to self-defense by voting for SB436:

State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
(804) 698-7520; district20@sov.state.va.us
 

State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25)
(804) 698-7525; district25@sov.state.va.us

State Senator John Edwards (D-21)
(804) 698-7521; district21@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Ken Stolle (R-8)
(804) 698-7508; district08@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Fred Quayle (R-13)
(804) 698-7513; district13@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Tommy Norment (R-3)
(804) 698-7503; district03@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37)
(804) 698-7537; district37@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26)
(804) 698-7526; district26@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Ryan McDougal (R-4)
(804) 698-7504; district04@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Robert Hurt (R-19)
(804) 698-7519; district19@sov.state.va.us

Senate Bill 476 passed by a 9-4 vote.  Authored by State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24), SB476 is an important concealed carry reform bill that would allow restaurant owners to decide if lawfully concealed firearms are allowed in their establishments, provided the permit holder does not consume alcohol.  Current Virginia statute allows restaurateurs to permit open carrying, but not concealed carry for lawfully permitted citizens.  Please contact the following Senators and thank them for further enhancing Virginia’s Right-to-Carry statute by supporting and voting for SB476:

State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
(804) 698-7520; district20@sov.state.va.us
 
 
State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25)
(804) 698-7525; district25@sov.state.va.us

State Senator John Edwards (D-21)
(804) 698-7521; district21@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Ken Stolle (R-8)
(804) 698-7508; district08@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Fred Quayle (R-13)
(804) 698-7513; district13@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37)
(804) 698-7537; district37@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26)
(804) 698-7526; district26@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Ryan McDougal (R-4)
(804) 698-7504; district04@sov.state.va.us

State Senator Robert Hurt (R-19)
(804) 698-7519; district19@sov.state.va.us

Special thanks to Senators Vogel and Hanger for their leadership on these important proposals. Both SB436 and SB476 are now headed for the Senate floor for consideration. Please contact your State Senator today and strongly encourage him or her to protect your right to self-defense by supporting and voting for both SB436 and SB476 in their current forms!  Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking here.

Also, on Thursday, February 7, a House General Laws subcommittee will hear an important measure sponsored by Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43).  Delegate Sickles’ proposal,
House Bill 1088, will provide that the social security number of individual applicants for, or holders of, any hunting, fishing, boating, or trapping license issued by an agent of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shall be withheld from public disclosure.

The bill will be heard during a subcommittee hearing scheduled for 30 minutes after the House adjourns on Thursday afternoon. Please contact the subcommittee members below and strongly encourage them to support and vote for HB1088:

Chairman Delegate Sal Iaquinto (R-84)
(804) 698-1084; DelSIaquinto@house.state.va.us

Delegate Chris S. Jones (R-76)
(804) 698-1076; DelCJones@house.state.va.us

Delegate Glen Oder (R-94)
(804) 698-1094;
DelGOder@house.state.va.us

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15)
(804) 698-1015; DelTGilbert@House.state.va.us

Delegate Bud Phillips (D-2)
(804) 698-1002;
DelBPhillips@house.state.va.us

Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D-75)
(804) 698-1075; DelRTyler@house.state.va.us


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