Yesterday, the Virginia General Assembly held their 2017 Veto Session. During this session, your legislators had the opportunity to override Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of important self-defense legislation, Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300, House Bill 1852, and House Bill 1853. Unfortunately, some in the General Assembly decided to play politics with your right to self-defense and the lives of domestic violence victims by pandering to the Governor’s wishes. These bills did not receive enough votes for a veto override. Thankfully, Governor McAuliffe’s amendment of Senate Bill 1023 was rejected and now heads back to the Governor’s desk in its original form. Please contact Governor McAuliffe and strongly urge him to sign Senate Bill 1023 into law.
Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300, House Bill 1852, and House Bill 1853, sponsored by state Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15), sought to 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 and HB 1853 would have also provided 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.
Again, please contact Governor Terry McAuliffe and strongly urge him to sign Senate Bill 1023 into law.