From VCDL Alerts.
Governor Kaine has signed SB 776, a bill that permits Commonwealth
Attorneys and their deputies, with NO requirement for any firearms
training, to carry a concealed handgun into a restaurant that serves
alcohol AND DRINK while they're at it!!!
Unbelievably, just last week Kaine vetoed SB 476, which would have
allowed concealed handgun permit holders, all of whom have firearms
training, to carry a concealed handgun in such a restaurant as long as
the permit holder did NOT drink. And under SB 476 CHP holders would
have had to notify the restaurant that they were carrying concealed if
the management wanted them to do so!
But rather than having the decency to just let SB 476 become law
without his signature, Kaine vetoed it.
In doing so, Kaine showed he doesn't have the political wisdom of his
predecessor, Mark Warner. Between Kaine and Dick "Banjo" Saslaw, the
Virginia Democratic Party now has a HUGE black eye with gun owners in
an important election year.
The Governor clearly believes in a double standard: one for anyone
who works for the government, no matter how unqualified, and one for
"lowly" citizens, like you and I.
The Governor's mantra about "guns and alcohol not mixing" is just so
much BS and the Governor isn't even trying to hide that fact. Kaine's
signature on SB 776 says it all.
Vetoing SB 476 and signing SB 776 shows that Kaine believes that
government employees can mix guns and alcohol without a problem.
But this is also about sour grapes.
The Governor put a lot of his eggs, and his credibility, in one basket
this year - getting the private-gun-sale-registration-scheme
(sometimes erroneously referred to as the "gun show loophole") bill
passed. The Governor's bill, which was carried by Senator Marsh, and
the Governor's ego both got crushed by a bipartisan vote in the
Kaine could have avoided that embarrassment if he had simply paid
attention to what happened to Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis when she,
too, put her political eggs in the gun-control basket.
The Governor keeps forgetting that most of his constituency is no
longer Richmond's inner city, as it was when he was Richmond's Mayor.
The rest of Virginia, including Northern Virginia, isn't buying into
using gun control as a political hobbyhorse on the back of the
Virginia Tech tragedy.
Governor Kaine rode that hobbyhorse right into a brick wall, got up
off the ground, and ran for his veto pen out of spite.