URGENT ACTION ITEM!
Those of you who live in Spotsylvania County and Roanoke we need you
to contact your Senators on Monday morning (February 2)!
Those of you who are constituents of Senator Houck, give him a call on
Monday morning before 11:30 AM and POLITELY urge him to vote AGAINST
Senator Marsh's gun show bill, SB 1257.
Senator Houck's phone number is: 804-698-7517
Those of you who are constituents of Senator Edwards, give him a call
on Monday morning before 11:30 AM and POLITELY urge him to vote
AGAINST Senator Marsh's gun show bill, SB 1257.
Senator Edwards's phone number is: 804-698-7521
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have NO information that either Senator Houck or
Senator Edwards is thinking of voting wrong. However, their vote is
going to be critical and we need to make sure that they hear from as
many constituents as possible.
Let's roll Spotsylvania and Roanoke!
Here's an article on Marsh's gun show bill:
Hurt, Poindexter oppose gun-show loophole bill
By ELIZABETH HYMAN/Capital News Service
Sunday, February 1, 2009 1:05 PM EST
RICHMOND -- A bill that would require people to undergo criminal
background checks before purchasing a firearm at a gun show faces
opposition in both the Senate and the House of Delegates.
The Committee for Courts of Justice passed the bill, SB1257 last
Monday, with a narrow vote of 8-7.
Sen. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham voted against the bill and said he plans
to vote against it again when it reaches the full Senate.
He said that a sale between two private citizens at a gun show is no
different than any other transaction.
"I just don't think the government should be in the business of
regulating sales of firearms between two private individuals," Hurt
The senator also said that he believes the firm supporters of the bill
would like to have control over all private firearm sales.
Del. Charles D. Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, has similar opinions. He
said that this could be the first step in regulating firearm sales
between private citizens.
"Where would it stop?" he said.
Another one of Hurt's views on the bill is that it is impossible to
control every person's actions, saying that the bill's supporters are
relating it back to the Virginia Tech shooting.
"I try to be reasonable about these things, and look at the purpose,"
Hurt said. "The purpose of this bill has absolutely nothing to do with
what happened at Virginia Tech."
He said that the recent murder at Virginia Tech, which involved a
kitchen knife, shows how the bill and the shooting are unrelated; the
bill could not have prevented last week's murder.
The bill refers to a "gun show loophole," because this would not be
affecting sales made in other locations.
Poindexter said he thought there was no loophole, "because there's no
such thing as an unlicensed dealer."