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Virginia: Senate Committee to Hear Numerous Pro-Gun Bills on Monday, March 8

Friday, March 5, 2010

Please Contact Members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee!  

On Monday, March 8 at 9:00 am, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will hear a number of bills recommended by the Special Sub-Committee held this past Thursday.

With less than a week remaining before the 2010 General Assembly ends it is important that these bills be approved and sent to Senate floor!

House Bill 109, 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 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 505, sponsored by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) would allow a concealed carry permit holder to carry his or her firearm into a restaurant, provided he or she does not consume any alcohol.  HB505 was conformed to SB334 by creating a Class 2 misdemeanor for consumption of alcohol while carrying concealed and stripping retired law-enforcement officer of the ability to drink while carrying concealed.

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.  HB885 was conformed to SB408 by changing the word “secured” to “locked”.

House Bill 870, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), would remove the option for a locality to require that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit submit fingerprints as part of the application.

Please contact the members of the Courts of Justice Committee and respectfully request they support these measures and send them to the Senate floor!

Senate Courts of Justice Committee:

State Senator Fred Quayle (R-13)
(804) 698-7513
District13@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25)
(804) 698-7525
District25@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Chap Petersen (D-34)
(804) 698-7534
District34@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator John Edwards (D-21)
(804) 698-7521
District21@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
(804) 698-7520
district20@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Thomas Norment, Jr. (R-3)
(804) 698-7503
district03@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4)
(804) 698-7504
district04@senate.virginia.gov

State Senator Robert Hurt (R-19)
(804) 698-7519
district19@senate.virginia.gov

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