Tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th, the Militia, Police and Public
Safety subcommittee #1 is going to hear 23 gun bills. If you can make
it, come to show your support for VCDL's position on these bills.
The meeting is at the General Assembly building (SE corner of 9th and
Broad streets in Richmond), 4th Floor West conference room at 5 PM. I
will have GSL stickers and should be there by 4:30 or so.
Here are the bills:
HB 8, Carrico, allows CHPs to be renewed by mail. STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 26, Wright, clarifies that Circuit Court Clerk can only ask for
certain information from CHP applicants and nothing more. STRONGLY
HB 52, Cole, sets the penalty for not having your CHP with you when
carrying concealed to a $25 civil penalty (not a crime), and that
penalty can be waived by the Court upon presentation of your CHP.
HB 79, Lee Ware, block Circuit Court Clerks from giving our CHP
information except to police for legitimate police purposes. It will
keep newspapers from printing CHP holder's names and addresses.
HB 108, Cole, requires localities to auction off guns purchased in a
"buy-up". STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 109, Cole, repeals a law allowing counties to require the reporting
of handgun sales. STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 152, O'Bannon, lets electronic security employees carry concealed
with a CHP when working. STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 171, Pogge, allows a person to have a firearm in their locked
vehicle while on private property, including the parking lot of a
person's employer. The bill also legally immunizes the employer from
the misuse of such a firearm. STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 637, Armstrong, waives the CHP fee for designated US Coast Guard
boarding members. NEUTRAL
HB 684, Jackson Miller, makes carrying a butterfly knife concealed
HB 870, Cline, removes the option for a locality for fingerprint new
CHP applicants. STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 871, Cline, clarifies that a person has the right to an ore tenus
hearing under certain circumstances if the CHP is denied. STRONGLY
HB 879, BaCote, allows firearms to be banned in a library by local
ordinance. STRONGLY OPPOSE
HB 885, Athey, allows a person to have a concealed handgun in a
private car or boat if secured in a container or compartment.
HB 995, Nutter, allows military ID or a CHP to be used as proof of
citizenship for purchase of an "assault firearm." STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 1092, Crockett-Stark, allows retired law enforcement officers to
carry anywhere they go. NEUTRAL
HB 1151, Iaquinto, makes carrying a butterfly knife concealed
HB 1191, Griffith, allows the Circuit Court Clerk to be authorized by
a judge to issue CHPs. STRONGLY SUPPORT
HB 1209, Ward, requires the State Police to be notified of change of
address of a machine gun owner or change of location of the machine
gun. STRONGLY OPPOSE
HB 1210, Loupassi, allows judges to carry concealed wherever they may
HB 1234, McClellan, gun show bill, requires private sales be done
through a dealer and puts other burdens on the gun show promoter.
HB 1256, P.J. Miller, widens the number of retired police officers who
qualify to carry concealed without a CHP. NEUTRAL
HB 1257, P.J. Miller, allows a retired law-enforcement officer to
purchase their duty gun for $1 (maybe we just need to pay our
officers better) NEUTRAL
VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
(VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization
dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to
Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.