I wonder if this letter, submitted on the NRA's "Contact us" form, will actually reach it's intended target. Then I wonder if he'll care. I'm sure that my "complaint" is looked upon as a "compromise" up in northern VA.
I read with interest Wayne LaPierre's comments in this month's issue of American Hunter. Mr. LaPierre laments the fact that US Attorney General Gonzales may one day be able to prohibit firearms ownership through a determination of suspicion. Mr. LaPierre's outrage is obvious and well deserved. But I would like to make Mr. LaPierre aware of a similar situation, right here in Virginia. Code of Virginia section 18.2-308, the (concealed handgun code) allows Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police to deny citizens their right to acquire a concealed handgun permit based solely on suspicion. The actual wording is a bit vague, but since there are significant disqualifiers already built into the law, suspicion is about all that is left to stand on. In my opinion, this is not a true "right to carry" law, as chief law enforcement officers are still able to block access to permits that would otherwise be issued, just as they used to under "may issue" laws. In fact, this section has been a stumbling block in the past in regard to reciprocity with other states, as it prevents Virginia's law from being "similar" to other states' laws for the purpose of reciprocity. It is my hope that Mr. LaPierre will be just as offended by such an odorous section of Virginia's law as he is by Mr. Gonzales' attempt to restrict gun ownership. Please forward this email to Mr. LaPierre. I look forward to a reply.