Special treatment for retired Commonwealth Attorneys
[Re-posted from a VA-ALERT with prior approval of VCDL]
[First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) and “PVC” reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]
Tonight Delegate Scott Lingamfelter's bill HB 929 passed out of subcommittee. VCDL opposes this bill because it lets RETIRED Commonwealth Attorneys carry concealed handguns everywhere they go, including places that a concealed handgun permit holder can't carry, such as on K-12 school grounds! Also their names, addresses and other personal information can't be given out by a Circuit Court Clerk like it can for a CHP holder.
HB 929 creates an unacceptable double standard. Lawyers who retire from the Commonwealth, and who have no firearms training, are given extraordinary concealed carry privileges, that are denied to CHP holders who have had firearms training!
The government loves to arm itself while denying the same level of protection to the citizens it is supposed to be serving.
I, for one, am tired of it.
It's not that we want retired Commonwealth Attorneys disarmed. Quite the contrary, they absolutely should be allowed to carry a gun for self-defense and a CHP will do the job nicely. Their lives are not less valuable than your life or mine, BUT their lives are also NOT MORE valuable than your life or mine.
Delegate Lingamfelter is usually good on guns, but this bill is simply wrong.
Let's tell our Delegates to OPPOSE HB 929. Click on the link below:
VCDL's "Write Your Legislators" Tool
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