Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell moves to enforce universal right to open carry

This is a discussion on Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell moves to enforce universal right to open carry within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-i...alerts_article According to a National Rifle Association (NRA) email alert sent to its Virginia members today, "[o]n January 14, Governor McDonnell issued a directive to ...

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    Exclamation Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell moves to enforce universal right to open carry

    http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-i...alerts_article

    According to a National Rifle Association (NRA) email alert sent to its Virginia members today, "[o]n January 14, Governor McDonnell issued a directive to the [Virginia] Department of Conservation and Recreation to cease enforcement of 4VAC5-30-200 which prohibits open carrying of firearms in State Parks and has immediate effect."

    This action follows though on a legal opinion McDonnell issued as state attorney general regarding the state regulation banning open carry in state parks in which he declared that "[a] persons right to carry a firearm openly is considered universal within the Commonwealth." Then Governor Tim Kaine (D) directed state officials to ignore this AG opinion.

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    Although this is a great move in the right direction, some in Virginia say it doesn't go far enough. Many folks are happy about the executive power used but want it to be codified in the law so some antigun politician later on can't come along and just undo all the good deeds, using exactly the same Executive Power in reverse. Also there seems to be some foot dragging going on with the State Dept of Fish and Game concerning open carry in state forest lands and even in Federal Lands. This seems to hinge on the previous laws that said that carry in national parks can mirror whatever the state law is on CONCEALED firearms, but this is open carry.
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    Sounds like a good start but I would agree that there needs to be a solid backing of an actual law so that it can't be easily undone in the future.
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    Thank you Bob.

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