Electronic Training for Concealed Handgun? Virginia ACTION ALERT
By Julia O'Donoghue
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The Virginia Senate Committee for Courts of Justice moved forward a bill that allows an applicant for a concealed handgun permit to demonstrate competency with the weapon by taking an online, video or electronic course as long as it is taught by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor.
In order to get a concealed handgun permit, Virginia residents are currently required to complete a hunting course or a firearms training and safety course with a National Rifle Association or criminal justice-trained instructor. Exceptions to this rule include people who can prove they are currently in the military, were honorably discharged from the military, participate in competitive rifle events, have formal training with government agencies or previously had a concealed handgun permit.
The bill, introduced by Fairfax County Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37), received bipartisan support among committee members.
Another Fairfax County Senator, Democratic Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35), and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-25) both voted to support the bill.
Fairfax County senators Janet Howell (D-32) and Toddy Puller (D-36) voted against the bill.