Crime Commission moves rewrite of concealed weapons law forward!
On Tuesday I spoke at the Crime Commission hearing held in the General Assembly Building in Richmond. The Crime Commission had been tasked to analyze HB 923, a bill introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter that reorganizes Virginia's concealed weapon laws. The Commission was to make sure that the very lengthy bill would not actually change the intent of any of the concealed weapon laws as it reorganizes them into a more logical, easer to read, and easier to understand configuration.
I spoke in favor of the bill, saying that gun owners want to obey the law and the rewrite should make that goal easier to achieve.
The antis spoke in favor (how could they possibly oppose such a bill with a straight face?), but they couldn't let good-enough alone and had to throw in a long laundry list of things they would like to see changed in Virginia's concealed weapons laws. That was a colossal waste of time as the bill was specially written to NOT CHANGE THE INTENT OF CURRENT LAW AT ALL and the Crime Commission's job was to make sure that was true! To put that idea to rest, Delegate Lingamfelter addressed the commission and told them that he would kill his bill if anyone modified it to change current law.
At the very end Senate Majority Leader, Tommy Norment, who is on the commission, also couldn't help himself, saying that he would like to see a FIVE-YEAR moratorium on changes to gun laws.
I'll bet he'd love to see that! He often votes wrong on gun bills, yet is from a gun-friendly part of the state. Nice try, Senator, but no cigar.