Today, the following bills were passed in the state Senate:
- House Bill 1237: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) and 39 colleagues, HB 1237 allows Sunday hunting on private lands with written permission from the owner - while still prohibiting hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship, the hunting of deer with dogs and the hunting of bear. Click here to view our press release. (passed by a 28-11 vote)
- House Bill 127: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Ed Scott (R-30), HB 127 allows persons to hunt big game with muzzleloading pistols of a caliber of .45 or greater where and in those seasons when the use of muzzleloading rifles is permitted. (passed unanimously)
- House Bill 715: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Tommy Wright (R-61), HB 715 establishes a new combined license for persons hunting with a bow and arrow or a crossbow. (passed unanimously)
Yesterday, House Bill 962, sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) passed in the state Senate by a 27-13 vote. HB 962 clarifies 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.
All four of these bills will now be sent to Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) for his signature. Thank you to all NRA members who contacted your state lawmakers in support of these important bills! Please e-mail Governor McAuliffe to express your support for these pro-gun reforms and urge him to sign them into law. To send an e-mail using an online form, please click here.