On Saturday, February 25, the Virginia General Assembly adjourned with several pro-gun and self-defense bills successfully passing through both chambers. SB 1299 and SB 1300 are awaiting action by the Governor while HB 1852 and SB 1023 are heading to his desk. It is critical that you contact the Governor and ask him to sign these important bills into law.
Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300, and House Bill 1852, sponsored by state Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15), would allow any person who is 21 or older, not prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm and who are currently protected by an unexpired protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days after the protective order was issued. This would provide time for the victim to apply for their concealed carry permit. SB 1300 would also provide funding for reimbursement of training expenses as well as information for those individuals seeking training under the protection of a protective order.
Senate Bill 1023, sponsored by state Senator Richard Stuart, would prohibit the sharing of information regarding Virginia concealed handgun permits (CHP) with law enforcement in states that do not recognize Virginia CHPs. SB 1023 would also require the Department of State Police to maintain and publish an online list of states that recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit.
Once again, please contact Governor Terry McAuliffe at 804-786-2211 and urge him to sign these important self-defense bills into law.