Tell VA's Governor what you think about...
concealed weapons in bars instead of open carry:
Official Site of the Governor of Virginia
Please do not veto the "concealed handgun in restaurants that serve alcohol" bill.
As you are aware, Virginians already have the right to openly carry handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol, and this right has been fundamentally shown to be without danger to the public. I do not know of any instances where a permittee perpetrated a gun crime in this situation.
This bill would only allow CHP permit holders to conceal their handguns instead of having to have them visible.
1. Patrons who suffer from hoplophobia, a fear of weapons, will not be alarmed by seeing openly armed citizens.
2. Criminals bent on armed robbery would probably target openly armed citizens first.
3. Armed citizens who carry their handguns in holsters not easily made visible, such as ankle holsters or "inside the pocket" holsters like mine, would not be forced to disarm.
4. Permittees who are uncomfortable openly carrying their handgun currently must remove their weapons prior to entering these establishments, and then replace them afterwards. Unneccesary manipulation of firearms statistically increases the chance for a negligent discharge.