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Virginia: Two NRA-Supported Bills Reassigned to New Committee

Monday, February 22, 2010

Please Contact the Senate Courts of Justice Committee Today!

The sponsor of two NRA-supported bills has informed us that House Bill 108 and House Bill 109 were reassigned from the Senate Local Government Committee to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee earlier today.  No hearing date has been scheduled for either bill.  Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.

House Bill 108, sponsored by Delegate Mark 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.

During the 2009 session, Delegate Cole introduced identical legislation, HB2528, which was passed by both the House and Senate chambers and vetoed by former Governor Tim Kaine (D). 

House Bill 109, also sponsored by Delegate Cole, would repeal § 15.2-1207 of the Code of Virginia , 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 serial number, make, and caliber of the firearm.

§ 15.2-1207
is an archaic statute that serves no purpose other than to give anti-gun politicians and local bureaucrats a means in which to create a de facto firearm registry of honest and law-abiding Virginians.

Please contact the members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and respectfully urge them to support HB108 and HB109.  Contact information can be found below.

State Senator Fred Quayle (R-13)
(804) 698-7513

State Senator Chap Petersen (D-34)
(804) 698-7534

State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25)
(804) 698-7525

State Senator John Edwards (D-21)
(804) 698-7521

State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
(804) 698-7520

State Senator Thomas Norment, Jr. (R-3)
(804) 698-7503

State Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4)
(804) 698-7504

State Senator Robert Hurt (R-19)
(804) 698-7519

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