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House Committee Votes to Repeal “One-Gun-A-Month” in Virginia!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Please Stand Up and Make Your Voice Heard!

On Friday, February 12, the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee stood up for the Constitutional rights of all Virginia citizens by voting 15-6 to pass House Bill 49.

HB49, sponsored by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), will repeal Virginia’s long standing gun rationing law, which was enacted in 1993 by former Governor Doug Wilder (D).

It is time for this obsolete statute to be repealed and it is important for NRA members to thank the legislators listed below who voted in support of HB49.

Delegate Beverly Sherwood (R-29) - Chair
DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Will Morefield (R-3)
DelJMorefield@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Charles Carrico (R-5)
DelCCarrico@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David Nutter (R-7)
DelDNutter@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Morgan Griffith (R-8)
DelMGriffith@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James Shuler (D-12)
DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15)
DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Don Merricks (R-16)
DelDMerricks@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Clay Athey (R-18)
DelCAthey@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Ben Cline (R-24)
DelBCline@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31)
DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov

Delegate John Cox (R-55)
DelJCox@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James Edmunds (R-60)
DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Thomas Wright (R-61)
DelTWright@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Lynwood Lewis (D-100)
DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov

Additionally, the Committee also voted to approve an abundance of other pro-gun reform measures.

House Bill 8, sponsored by Delegate Charles Carrico (R-5), would allow the renewal of concealed carry permits by mail.

House Bill 26, authored by Delegate Thomas Wright (R-61), would prohibit the Clerk of the Court from requiring an applicant for a concealed handgun permit to provide any documentation or information not authorized by the law or prescribed by Virginia State Police.

House Bill 79, sponsored by Delegate R. Lee Ware (R-65), prohibits the Clerk of Court from publicly disclosing concealed handgun permit application information unless the permittee has provided written consent for the release of the application or information. The information would still be available to law-enforcement acting in the  performance of their duties.

House Bill 108, also introduced by Delegate Cole (R-88), would prohibit agents of localities or localities themselves from participating in “gun buy-backs” unless the governing body of such a locality authorizes such a program. The locality would then have the option of selling the firearms by auction to a federally licensed dealer (FFL) or disposing of the firearm in any other appropriate manner.

House Bill 109, also sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), would repeal the statute which allows the governing body of any county to require the sellers of pistols and revolvers to furnish the Clerk of the Circuit Court with the name and address of the purchaser, date of purchase and the number, make, and caliber of the gun.

House Bill 171, authored by Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96), would prohibit property owners, employers, or a business entity from establishing or enforcing any policy prohibiting a person who may lawfully possess a firearm from storing a firearm in a locked motor vehicle in a publicly accessible parking lot.

House Bill 637, introduced by Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-10), would exempt a boarding team member or boarding team officer in the United States Coast Guard from the concealed handgun permit issuance fee, provided they have completed 15 years of service or reached the age of 55. 

House Bill 870, sponsored by Delegate Benjamin Cline (R-24), would repeal the language that allows localities to fingerprint applicants for a concealed handgun permit.    

House Bill 871, authored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), would clarify that a person who is applying for a concealed handgun permit for the first time has the same right to an ore tenus (verbal or oral statements) hearing if the permit is denied as a person who has previously held a concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 885, sponsored by Delegate Cliff Athey (R-18), would allow any person who may lawfully posses a firearm and is carrying a handgun while in a personal, private vehicle or vessel to keep the firearm secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel.

House Bill 1092, sponsored by Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-6), would give retired law-enforcement the ability to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

House Bill 1191, introduced by Delegate H. Morgan Griffith (R-8), would allow a circuit court judge to authorize the Clerk of Court to issue concealed handgun permits in instances where the application is complete, the background check does not indicate that the applicant is disqualified, and, after consulting with the local sheriff or police department, there are no other questions or issues surrounding the application.

House Bill 1256, sponsored by Delegate Paula Miller (D-87), would provide that certain law-enforcement officers who resign from their position in good standing to accept a position covered by the Virginia Retirement System, shall be eligible to carry a concealed handgun if he or she has received written proof of consultation with and favorable review of the need to carry a concealed handgun, issued by the chief law-enforcement officer of the agency from which the officer resigned.

House Bill 490, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), would direct the Department of State Police, in cooperation with the Secretary of Public Safety, to develop a plan to allow the State Police to issue lifetime concealed handgun permits to Virginia residents. The Department and the Secretary shall submit the plan, and any recommended legislative changes to implement the plan, to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety and the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice by October 15, 2010.

House Bill 1217, sponsored by Delegate Lynwood Lewis (D-100), would allow local school boards to offer firearm safety education programs in the elementary grades. To assist local school boards opting to provide such instruction, the Board of Education must establish a standardized program of firearm safety education for students in the elementary school grades to promote the protection and safety of children. The bill requires that the program objectives incorporate, among other principles of firearm safety, accident prevention and the rules of the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. Local school boards offering the program must comply with Board curriculum guidelines and integrate the instruction in appropriate subject areas, if feasible, to ensure that every elementary school student receives instruction in firearm safety education.

House Bill 1070, sponsored by Delegate Clay Athey (R-18), would provide that a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit may not be barred from carrying a concealed handgun in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons.

Please contact the members of the Virginia State House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee and thank them for supporting these important pro-gun bills. Contact information can be found below.

Delegate Beverly Sherwood (R-29) - Chair
DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Will Morefield (R-3)
DelJMorefield@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Charles Carrico (R-5)
DelCCarrico@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David Nutter (R-7)
DelDNutter@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Morgan Griffith (R-8)
DelMGriffith@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James Shuler (D-12)
DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15)
DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Don Merricks (R-16)
DelDMerricks@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Bill Cleaveland (R-17)
DelWCleaveland@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Clay Athey (R-18)
DelCAthey@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Ben Cline (R-24)
DelBCline@house.virginia.gov

Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31)
DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Mark Keam (D-35)

DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James Scott (D-53)
DelJScott@house.virginia.gov

Delegate John Cox (R-55)
DelJCox@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James Edmunds (R-60)
DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Thomas Wright (R-61)
DelTWright@house.virginia.gov

Delegate William Barlow (D-64)
DelWBarlow@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D-75)
DelRTyler@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Matthew James (D-80)
DelMJames@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Paula Miller (D-87)
DelPMiller@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Lynwood Lewis (D-100)
DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov

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