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Virginia: Two Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law, Many Still Need Your Active Help

Friday, March 20, 2015

Virginia: Two Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law, Many Still Need Your Active Help

This week, the following two NRA-supported pro-gun bills were signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D):

House Bill 1666: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Buddy Fowler (R-55), HB 1666 will allow former Virginia residents to petition to have their gun rights restored in the same manner as residents. HB 1666 takes effect on July 1, 2015.  

Senate Bill 1191: Sponsored by Senator Tommy Norment (R-3), SB 1191 will amend the felony charge for having a firearm on school property to require that the person must have knowingly possessed the firearm, ensuring that inadvertent violations do not result in a felony.  SB 1191 takes effect on July 1, 2015.

However, the following important pro-gun bills have still not received action by the Governor.  Please call and email Governor McAuliffe today and urge him to sign the following bills into law before the Sunday, March 29th signing deadline. 

Senate Bill 838: Sponsored by Senator Kenneth Alexander (D-5), SB 838 would extend state resident hunting and fishing licenses to the dependents of members of the armed forces who are stationed in Virginia.  Sent to Governor McAuliffe on February 25, pending action.

Senate Bill 848: Sponsored by pro-gun Senator Bill Stanley (R-20), SB 848 would establish a marksmanship award to recognize the top 20 competitors in each of the rifle and pistol Excellence-in-Competition matches conducted annually at the Virginia State Championships.  Sent to Governor McAuliffe on February 24, pending action. 

Senate Bill 948: Sponsored by pro-gun Senator Richard Stuart (R-28), SB 948 would prohibit the sharing of information on concealed handgun permit holders with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia.  This prohibits states hostile to gun ownership from going on fishing expeditions and using this information as an excuse to harass law-abiding Virginia permit holders while they are traveling out of state.  Sent to Governor McAuliffe on February 24, pending action.

Senate Bill 1137: Sponsored by pro-gun Senator Tom Garrett (R-22), SB 1137 would prohibit local ordinances that ban concealed carry permit holders from transporting a loaded rifle or shotgun, eliminating a patchwork of inconsistent laws that are unnecessarily confusing for law-abiding citizens.  Sent to Governor McAuliffe on February 26, pending action.

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 Virginia’s law-abiding firearm owners by ensuring the process to obtain certain federally-regulated firearms, already legal in Virginia, remains fair, fact-based and objective.  Sent to Governor McAuliffe on March 10, pending action.

House Bill 2286: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Michael Webert (R-18), HB 2286 makes it possible for individuals who had their rights fully restored in other states to possess firearms in Virginia.  Under current case law, people with felony convictions whose rights were restored by those states, are nonetheless prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition in Virginia. House Bill 2286 was passed by a 24 to 16 vote in the Senate.  Sent to Governor McAuliffe on March 10, pending action.

Governor McAuliffe’s office can be reached at 804-786-2211 or by email here.

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