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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Please Contact Your State Legislators Today!

Three pro-gun bills (HB1851, HB2144, and SB1035) were approved by the Virginia Senate yesterday and they are now on their way to the desk of Governor Tim Kaine (D) for his consideration.

House Bill 1851, sponsored by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), passed out of the Senate by a 31-8 vote.  Simply stated, this NRA-backed bill would exempt active duty military personnel or Virginia National Guardsmen from Virginia’s “one gun a month” law on handgun purchases. 

House Bill 2144 also passed the Senate by a 40-0 vote.  HB2144, introduced by Delegate David Nutter (R-7), would restrict access to the Virginia concealed carry permit holder list maintained by the Virginia State Police.  This bill would make that information confidential and put a stop to the abuses of the concealed carry permit holder list. As you may recall, the Roanoke Times abused this data by creating a public online database with information about Virginia’s Right-to-Carry permit holders, allowing criminals to target law-abiding gun owners.

The Senate agreed to the House Amended version of Senate Bill 1035, legislation championed by State Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr. (R-24).  This bill would permit a Right-to-Carry permit holder to carry concealed in a restaurant, provided he or she does not consume alcohol. The House amended SB1035, removing the notification requirement of CCW permit holders to the alcohol beverage manager.

Please contact Governor Kaine TODAY and respectfully urge him to sign HB1851, HB 2144, and SB1035.  The Governor can be reached by phone at (804) 786-2211, by fax at (804) 371-6351, or email ima@governor.virginia.gov.

Three more pro-gun bills are currently making their way through the legislative process in the General Assembly.

Senate Bill 1513, sponsored by State Senator Ralph Smith (R-22), was improved by the House through the replacement of "shall" with "may" in the bill’s text.  SB 1513, the companion bill to House Bill 1655, would require a court to award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and court costs to any entity that prevails in an action challenging an ordinance, resolution, motion, or administrative action as being in conflict with a locality's authority to control firearms. SB1513 and HB1655 now move into conference committee where members of both houses must agree on modified language.

The amended version of House Bill 2528 was approved by the Senate 28-12.  Introduced by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), this legislation requires that any locality holding gun "buybacks" sell the firearms to a federally licensed dealer.  Currently, those firearms are often destroyed.  The bill now heads back to the House for concurrence.

Please contact your State Legislators TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB1513, HB1655, and HB2528.  Contact information can be found by clicking
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