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Virginia: Gun Bills to be Heard in House Subcommittee Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Virginia: Gun Bills to be Heard in House Subcommittee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, at 4:00 P.M., the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 will hold a hearing on multiple pro- and anti-gun bills.  Your urgent action is needed to ensure that the Subcommittee votes in support of those bills that advance your Second Amendment rights and votes in opposition to those bills that infringe on your rights.

The following pro-gun bills are important to gun owners and sportsmen and deserve your support:

SUPPORT House Bill 1329:Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Lee Ware (R-65), HB 1329 would allow out-of-state concealed handgun permits or licenses to be recognized in Virginia if accompanied by government-issued photo identification.  HB 1329 would acknowledge the rights of everyone, regardless of what state you are from. 

SUPPORT House Bill 2009: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33), HB 2009 would require that when certification of a chief law enforcement officer is required by federal law for transfer of a firearm as defined in the National Firearms Act, such certification must be provided within 60 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm.  The reforms in this bill would benefit law-abiding Virginia firearm owners by ensuring the process to obtain certain federally-regulated firearms already legal in Virginia remains fair, fact-based and objective. 

SUPPORT House Bill 2214: Sponsored by Delegate Nick Rush (R-7), HB 2214 provides a mechanism for reporting when an individual restores their right to possess, transport, and carry a firearm to the State Police.

The following anti-gun bills infringe on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms and deserve your swift opposition: 

OPPOSE House Bill 2024: Sponsored by anti-gun Delegate Mamye BaCote (D-95), HB 2024 would prohibit the carrying of firearms in libraries.  Your inherent right to self-defense should not stop at the library door.

OPPOSE House Bill 2045: Sponsored by anti-gun Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), HB 2045 would prohibit anyone subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm, without the protections of due process.  Protective orders are used in a wide variety of circumstances, many of which do not involve violence.  NRA believes that revocation of an individual’s constitutional right should be subject to due process, not accusations that lack being substantiated through some form of judicial review where an individual has an opportunity to present their own defense. 

OPPOSE House Bill 2328: Sponsored by Delegate Marcus Simon (D-53), HB 2328 would mandate that anyone served with a protective order must surrender any firearm they possess within 24 hours of being served.  Once again, NRA believes that revocation of an individual’s constitutional right should be subject to due process, not accusations that lack being substantiated through some form of judicial review. 

OPPOSE House Bill 2359: Sponsored by Delegate Marcus Simon (D-53), HB 2359 would change the type of training courses that may be taken to satisfy the requirement for a concealed handgun permit, making the requirements more onerous for law-abiding gun owners.

Using the contact information provided below, please immediately begin contacting members of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1, urging them to vote against the above anti-gun bills and in support of House Bills 1329, 2009 and 2214. 

Please also consider attending tomorrow’s hearing, which will take place at 4:00 P.M. in the 4th Floor West Conference Room of the General Assembly Building.

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1:

Delegate Thomas C. Wright, Jr. (R-61), Chairman
Email: DelTWright@house.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 698-1061 

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15)
Email: DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 698-1015 

Delegate Michael Webert (R-18)
Email: DelMWebert@house.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 698-1018  

Delegate Matthew Fariss (R-59)
Email: DelMFariss@house.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 698-1059

Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D-75)
Email: DelRTyler@house.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 698-1075

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