VA - ACTION ITEM: Anti-gun bill to be heard Monday!

VA - ACTION ITEM: Anti-gun bill to be heard Monday!

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    VA - ACTION ITEM: Anti-gun bill to be heard Monday!

    We need to move on this as soon as possible!

    A recent newspaper story said that Senator Devolites Davis plans on
    making gun control a *centerpiece* of her reelection bid later this
    year!

    Her anti-gun bill, SB 827, claims to close a non-existent "gun show loophole."

    Dealers at gun shows are already required to get approval from the
    State Police for all firearms sales. This bill is really a
    private-sale gun registration scheme for gun shows.

    On top of that, it is a solution to a non-existent problem. A U.S.
    Department of Justice study showed that only seven-tenths of
    one-percent of guns used in crimes come from gun shows!

    In a recent newspaper interview, Senator Devolites Davis
    mischaracterized her bill by saying that it would prevent lawsuits
    similar to those that New York City Mayor Bloomberg is bringing
    against some Virginia Gun dealers. But it does nothing of the sort.

    Click on the link below to send a message to the entire Senate Courts
    of Justice Committee asking them to oppose the bill:

    http://www2.vcdl.org/cgi-bin/wspd_cgi.sh/vcdl/reflector.html?REF=cjocs&PRE=SB827

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    Here is the link to the puff-piece story about Senator Devolites
    Davis making gun control a centerpiece of her campaign (November
    can't get here quickly enough for me, how about you?):

    http://tinyurl.com/yfqvay

    End of the Gun Show Loophole?
    Devolites Davis wants to close "gun show loophole," introduces about
    30 other bills.
    By Ari Cetron, Connection Newspapers
    January 11, 2007

    An issue likely to be a centerpiece of Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites
    Davis' (R-34) re-election bid, gun control, is also one of her top
    pieces of legislation this year.

    Under current law, most dealers must perform a background check on
    prospective buyers before selling a weapon. Small dealers, or more
    often individuals, are exempt from this provision.

    The exemption is commonly called the "gun show loophole" since many
    of these private sales are made in these venues. Devolites Davis is
    proposing legislation this year which will close the so-called
    loophole.

    While it might be able to pass through the state senate, gun control
    bills face an uphill battle in the House of Delegates, where the
    Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety routinely kills gun
    control legislation.

    So, Devolites Davis has added a provision to sweeten the deal.
    "Anyone that has a background check when they sell will be immune
    from prosecution," she said. The issues, she said, came to her
    attention because three Virginia gun stores are being sued by the
    State of New York because they sold guns which were later used in a
    crime. The stores performed the necessary checks, she said.

    She hopes that the prosecution immunity, similar to what is done in
    California, will make the bill attractive enough to some of the more
    pro-gun members of the Assembly.

    DEVOLITES DAVIS plans to bring back a few other bills which have
    failed in the past. Last year, she introduced legislation which she
    hopes would make the land use process more transparent.

    Under current law, local elected officials must disclose if they have
    received $100 or more in campaign contributions, in the past 12
    months from someone who is seeking a rezoning of their land.

    Devolites Davis would extend this disclosure to the Plan Amendment phase.

    Local governments have a difficult time denying a rezoning request if
    it complies with the Comprehensive Plan. For this reason, she thinks
    it is important to know where the money is at the planning stage.

    The bill died in committee in the Senate last year, but she made a
    change which she thinks will give it a better chance to succeed this
    year. "It's coming back because I think the transparency is
    important," she said.

    She will also re-introduce a bill mandating that electronic voting
    machines also have a paper printout, or that localities use an
    optical scanner.

    Continuing her usual work on technology issues, she hopes to
    institute protections which will protect state computers from being
    accessed by unauthorized people, and a separate bill setting up
    regulations for electronic signatures.
    She also plans to bring back another bill which has failed in the
    past, red light cameras. The Virginia General Assembly had allowed
    some localities, including Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and
    the Town of Vienna, to use cameras to catch red-light violators.

    The enabling legislation expired on June 30, 2004 despite the efforts
    of local representatives to continue its use. While the cameras are
    still up in many locations, they may no longer be used to ticket
    violators.

    Governments who use the technology typically praise its use. It helps
    reduce red light violations at intersections where the cameras are
    installed and reduces the number of "T-bone" collisions.

    Opponents noted that it increased the number of rear-end collisions,
    and some legislators feared that the cameras would be an invasion of
    privacy. The various attempts to bring the bill back were routinely
    killed by the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety.

    However, the same technology is now proposed for use to help track
    vehicles using toll lanes on roads built in public-private
    partnerships. Many who had been opposed to red-light cameras may now
    be more open to them, Devolites Davis said. "I understand there is a
    different attitude in the house," she said.


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    Devolites Davis? What? No joke I used to live across the street from a lady who was campaigning hard into politics, but her name was Jeanne-Marie Devolites or something like that? Ya know, I actually remember something about her daughter being sent to prison for driving the getaway car for a couple of armed robberies in Maryland. OBVIOUSLY, this could have been neighborhood scuttlebutt, or even the wrong person.... but this sounds like the lady I lived across the street from in Oakton, VA. Devolites isn't a name you see everyday. But.... I'm pretty sure you'd want to change your name if you were a small-time Virginia Rep who's daughter got into some bad stuff. VCDL might want to look into that.

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    EDIT: I knew it!!!!! This is the same woman. I heard she was getting a divorce. Didn't know she married Davis. Anyhow, turns out the name Devolites Davis should be hyphenated as her last name. Not her full name.

    Second Edit: Bingo. Wasn't neighborhood scuttlebutt. Turns out her daughter Ashley is serving for Armed Robbery. Check it out. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,48471,00.html
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    So, Devolites Davis has added a provision to sweeten the deal.
    "Anyone that has a background check when they sell will be immune
    from prosecution," she said. The issues, she said, came to her
    attention because three Virginia gun stores are being sued by the
    State of New York because they sold guns which were later used in a
    crime. The stores performed the necessary checks, she said.
    This woman is either a fool or a liar.

    How can a law passed in Virginia protect anyone there from civil lawsuits brought by New York? Nothing about a Virginia law binds New York from being able to sue Virginians!

    And her language is vague and ambiguous: "Anyone that has a background check when they sell will be immune
    from prosecution." That sounds like she's talking about the person on whom the background check is done. But that's not who's being sued.

    Now, she says that "the stores performed the necessary checks." If that's the case, then why are they being sued? I thought stores that do the checks are supposed to be immune. Oh, that's what her bill would do? Again, HOW? HOW would a bill in VA preclude lawsuits by NY? Besides, the dealers broke no federal laws: technically, they should be unsuable because of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act!!

    And on the really serious flaw in her "logic":
    What criminal who is selling stolen guns to other criminals is going to give two craps about a law that requires him to conduct background checks on potential buyers?!

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    E-mail sent!

    SixBravo: That was some rather fast detective work.

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