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Virginia: House Militia Subcommittee #1 to Hear Six Firearms Bills Today!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Today, at 5:00 pm in the 4th Floor West Conference Room, the House Militia Subcommittee #1 will hold hearings on the following bills of interest to Virginia gun owners:

House Bill 25, sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), seeks to prohibit the clerk of the court from disclosing information contained on a concealed handgun permit application or on an order issuing a concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 592, sponsored by Delegate Don Merricks (R-16), would provide an exemption from Virginia-specific criminal history record information checks upon the purchase of firearms from licensed dealers when the purchaser is a Virginia resident holding a valid Virginia-issued concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 754, 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.

House Bill 929, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), would provide an exemption for former attorneys for the Commonwealth and former assistant attorneys for the Commonwealth from the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

House Bill 952, sponsored by Delegate Rob Bell (R-58), would allow a Department of Corrections correctional officer to carry a concealed handgun without a concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 943, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), would permit certain law enforcement officers to purchase their service handgun after fifteen years of service. Current law requires law enforcement officers to have served twenty years before they may purchase their service handgun.

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