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Virginia: Restaurant Carry and Two Other Pro-Gun Bills Head to the House Floor!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Please Contact Your Delegate!  

Today, February 26, the Virginia State House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee passed three NRA-supported bills of significant interest to Virginia’s firearm owners.  Senate Bill 3, Senate Bill 334 and Senate Bill 408 will now head to the House floor and could be heard as early as next week.

SB 3, sponsored by State Senator Smith (R-22), would allow the renewal of resident concealed carry permits by mail.

SB 334, sponsored by State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24), would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense in restaurants that serve alcohol, provided they do not consume alcohol. Senator Hanger’s bill would make it a misdemeanor for a permit holder to consume alcohol while on the premises of the restaurant. This Right-to-Carry reform measure passed the Senate last week by a 22-18 vote.

SB 408, introduced by State Senator Jill Vogel (R-27), would allow any person who may lawfully possess 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. SB408 passed the Senate last week, 24-16.

Please contact your Delegate and urge him or her to support Senate Bill 3, Senate Bill 334 and Senate Bill 408.  Contact information can be found here.

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