Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee held a hearing on three important pro-gun bills. Unfortunately, only one of these critical reforms was reported by committee and will advance to the Senate floor.
House Bill 705, sponsored by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15), was defeated in committee by a 9 to 6 vote. HB 705 would have provided for full/universal recognition for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit to be recognized in Virginia.
House Bill 878, sponsored by Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33), was defeated in committee by a 9 to 5 vote. HB 878 would have required that when certification of a chief law-enforcement officer is required by federal law for transfer of a firearm or other item regulated under the National Firearms Act, such certification must be provided within thirty days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm.
House Bill 962, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), was reported favorably by an 8 to 6 vote. HB 962 clarifies the current law to allow the carrying of a concealed weapon in a secured container or compartment in a motor vehicle without a concealed handgun permit. Please contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to support HB 962.
Your NRA-ILA is diligently monitoring all of these pro-gun reforms and will keep you informed. As always, watch your e-mail and www.nraila.org for more information.