Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his veto of Senate Bill 626 and House Bill 766. Patroned by state Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15), SB 626 /HB 766 received a multitude of bipartisan support throughout the legislative process. This legislation would have allowed the petitioner of a protective order to temporarily concealed carry without a permit, thus affording them immediate self-defense options while waiting for their carry permit to be approved.
This legislation is about victims and protecting them from potential physical harm. This legislation would have provided victims of domestic violence added protections against would be abusers while also protecting our constitutional right to self-defense and due process. If a victim is in danger to the point where a loss of constitutional rights is viewed to be necessary, then it should be even more important to provide safety and protection to the victim.
Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight for this important domestic violence self-defense legislation.