Yesterday, Governor Bob McDonnell signed House Bill 20, emergency powers reform into law. HB 20 had originally passed unanimously in the state House and on concurrence from the amended state Senate version, which passed by a 36 to 4 vote. This legislation will go into effect on July 1.
House Bill 20, drafted by the NRA and sponsored by Delegate Tony Wilt (R-25), would update Virginia’s Emergency Powers doctrine by adding lawful carrying and transportation to the list of actions that cannot be prohibited during a declaration of emergency. HB 20 is identical to
Senate Bill 245, sponsored by state Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26).
Thank you to all NRA members who contacted their state legislators during this process. Also, thank you to Governor Bob McDonnell standing up for our Second Amendment rights and signing this important reform into law.
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