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NRA Statement on Governor McAuliffe's Veto of Victim's Rights Bill

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fairfax, Va. - On Thursday, April 8, 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe sided with New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg and out-of-state gun control groups over victims of domestic violence when he vetoed a bill that would have granted an expedited concealed carry permit to people filing a protective order. In reaction to the governor’s thinly veiled attempt to get back in the good graces of the gun control lobby, the NRA issued the following statement from Jennifer Baker, the director of NRA-ILA’s public affairs:

“Governor McAuliffe’s veto of this bipartisan victims’ rights legislation could endanger victims of domestic violence. If a person is threatened enough to file a protective order, then they should be allowed to exercise their constitutional right to self-protection. It is appalling that Governor McAuliffe would put victims at greater risk to placate Michael Bloomberg and out-of-state gun control groups.”

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.