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    Virginia members -- 18 bills need your help --

    especially any constituent of Del. Paula Miller (Norfolk area). She will be the deciding vote in the "Death Star" sum-committee. If you are in her district, please rally your like-minded pro-RKBA neighbors & friends to call her office.

    Others in Virginia, please go to VCDL's 2010 Legislation Tracking Tool and generate emails on any and all the bills you support.

    The following is from a VA-ALERT.

    [First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]


    Tomorrow, Thursday, February 4th at 5 PM, in the 4th Floor West
    Conference room in the General Assembly Building, 16 gun bills will be
    heard:

    HB 1070, Delegate Athey, alllows CHP holders to carry into emergency
    shelters - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 886, Delegate Athey, 10th Amendment protection of manufacture/sales
    within Virginia - SUPPORT

    HB 69, Delegate Carrico, 10th Amendment protection of manufacture/
    sales within Virginia - SUPPORT

    HB 871, Delegate Cline, clarifies the right of a first time CHP
    applicant to an Ore Tenus hearing if denied a permit - SUPPORT

    HB 109, Delegate Cole, firearms from a locality's "buy-up" must be
    auctioned off if possible - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 1191, Delegate Griffith, Clerk of Court can issue CHPs if judge OKs
    him or her doing so - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 236, Delegate Janis, shooting within 1/2 mile of subdivision OK if
    done safely - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 1217, Delegate Lewis, gun safety, including the NRA's Eddie Eagle,
    to be taught in elementary schools - SUPPORT

    HB 490, Delegate Lingamfelter, State Police to develop a plan for
    lifetime CHPs - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 684, Delegate Jackson Miller, makes butterfly knives illegal to
    carry concealed - OPPOSE

    HB 520, Delegate Morrissey, requires of anyone selling 3 or more guns
    at a gun show have an FFL license - STRONGLY OPPOSE

    HB 995, Delegate Nutter, "assault firearms" may be purchased with
    military ID or CHP as proof of citizenship - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 171, Delegate Pogge, provides that no employer, property owner,
    etc. may prohibit a gun locked in private vehicles in a parking lot -
    STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 1146, Delegate Jim Scott, prohibits anyone who has had parental
    rights taken away from ever possessing guns - STRONGLY OPPOSE

    HB 1379, Delegate Sickles, weakens firearms preemption for child care
    facilities in Northern Virginia - STRONGLY OPPOSE

    HB 1209, Delegate Ward, requires that the State Police be notified of
    a change of address within 24 hours of a machine gun owner moving -
    STRONGLY OPPOSE

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    On Friday, February 5th at 7:30 AM in the 7th Floor West Conference
    room, the Militia, Police, and Public Safety subcommittee #3 (the
    DEATH STAR subcommittee for pro-gun bills) will hear two gun bills:

    HB 72, Delegate Carrico, reduces the penalty from a Class 6 felony to
    a Class 1 misdemeanor for someone inadvertently carrying a firearm on
    K-12 school property - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 32, Delegate Bob Marshall, allows faculty at a public higher-
    educational institution to be able to carry concealed on campus with a
    CHP - SUPPORT

    The fate of the above two bills is bleak in this subcommittee. The
    subcommittee consists of two Republicans (Carrico and Merricks) and
    three Democrats (Jim Scott, Tyler, Paula Miller).

    I would expect both Republicans to support the two bills and I would
    expect both Tyler and Scott to oppose the bills. That leaves the
    swing vote on guns in that subcommittee, Paula Miller, as the
    determining factor.

    HB 72 brings the school weapons law back to where all laws should be:
    felonies should always involve actual harm or intent to harm - not
    mere possession of an otherwise lawful item. Will Miller see the
    significance of that for all of Virginia law-abiding citizens? We'll
    know on Friday.

    Meanwhile, if you are a constituent of Paula Miller (Norfolk area),
    give her a call at 804-698-1087 and encourage her to support HB 72
    when she votes on it on Friday morning. If she supports that bill, it
    will head to the full committee.




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    I'm already there. I fired off an email with the info I got from the VCDL site.

    Thanks for posting the link.
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    Thumbs up Update

    Update from a VA-ALERT.

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    [First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]


    FIRST - there will be NO meeting of the Militia, Police, and Public
    Safety subcommittee #3 (Death Start) tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:30
    AM. In fact all meetings have been cancelled.

    Here is the status of the bills heard tonight (mostly good news).
    Bills passed out of subcommittee move forward and get voted on by the
    full committee next Friday:

    HB 1070, Delegate Athey, alllows CHP holders to carry into emergency
    shelters - STRONGLY SUPPORT - Passed out of subcommittee

    HB 886, Delegate Athey, 10th Amendment protection of manufacture/sales
    within Virginia - SUPPORT - Rolled into HB 69 (next)

    HB 69, Delegate Carrico, 10th Amendment protection of manufacture/
    sales within Virginia - SUPPORT - Passed out of subcommittee

    HB 871, Delegate Cline, clarifies the right of a first time CHP
    applicant to an Ore Tenus hearing if denied a permit - SUPPORT -
    Passed out of subcommittee

    HB 109, Delegate Cole, firearms from a locality's "buy-up" must be
    auctioned off if possible - STRONGLY SUPPORT - Passed out of
    subcommittee

    HB 1191, Delegate Griffith, Clerk of Court can issue CHPs if judge OKs
    him or her doing so - STRONGLY SUPPORT - was amended to protect Clerks
    from civil suit and passed out of committee

    HB 236, Delegate Janis, shooting within 1/2 mile of subdivision OK if
    done safely - STRONGLY SUPPORT - being reworded and will be heard in
    full committee

    HB 1217, Delegate Lewis, gun safety, including the NRA's Eddie Eagle,
    to be taught in elementary schools - SUPPORT - passed out of
    subcommittee

    HB 490, Delegate Lingamfelter, State Police to develop a plan for
    lifetime CHPs - STRONGLY SUPPORT - passed out of subcommittee

    HB 684, Delegate Jackson Miller, makes butterfly knives illegal to
    carry concealed - OPPOSE - not heard, possibly dead unless heard in
    full committee

    HB 520, Delegate Morrissey, requires of anyone selling 3 or more guns
    at a gun show have an FFL license - STRONGLY OPPOSE - Dead

    HB 995, Delegate Nutter, "assault firearms" may be purchased with
    military ID or CHP as proof of citizenship - STRONGLY SUPPORT - Tabled
    by Nutter (probably dead)

    HB 171, Delegate Pogge, provides that no employer, property owner,
    etc. may prohibit a gun locked in private vehicles in a parking lot -
    STRONGLY SUPPORT - Substitute wording added to make some exceptions
    for certain businesses, passed out of subcommittee

    HB 1146, Delegate Jim Scott, prohibits anyone who has had parental
    rights taken away from ever possessing guns - STRONGLY OPPOSE -
    referred to the Courts of Justice committee

    HB 1379, Delegate Sickles, weakens firearms preemption for child care
    facilities in Northern Virginia - STRONGLY OPPOSE - modified and
    passed out of subcommittee

    HB 1209, Delegate Ward, requires that the State Police be notified of
    a change of address within 24 hours of a machine gun owner moving -
    STRONGLY OPPOSE - Dead, withdrawn by Delegate Ward


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    2/7/10 Update

    Update from a VA-ALERT.

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    Urgent! Bills being heard
    ************************************************

    The Militia, Police, and Public Safety subcommittee #3 (Death Star)
    will meet at 5 PM, TOMORROW, Monday, February 8th. It will meet in
    the 8th Floor West Conference room.

    It would be good to flood this room with people wearing GSL stickers!

    Here are the two gun bills scheduled to be heard:

    HB 72, Delegate Carrico, reduces the penalty from a Class 6 felony to
    a Class 1 misdemeanor for someone inadvertently carrying a firearm on
    K-12 school property - STRONGLY SUPPORT

    HB 32, Delegate Bob Marshall, allows faculty at a public higher-
    educational institution to be able to carry concealed on campus with a
    CHP - SUPPORT

    The fate of the above two bills is bleak in this subcommittee. The
    subcommittee consists of two Republicans (Carrico and Merricks) and
    three Democrats (Jim Scott, Tyler, Paula Miller).

    I would expect both Republicans to support the two bills and I would
    expect both Tyler and Scott to oppose the bills. That leaves the
    swing vote on guns in that subcommittee, Paula Miller, as the
    determining factor.

    HB 72 brings the school weapons law back to where all laws should be:
    felonies should always involve actual harm or intent to harm - not
    mere possession of an otherwise lawful item. Will Miller see the
    significance of that for all of Virginia law-abiding citizens? We'll
    know on Friday.

    Meanwhile, if you are a constituent of Paula Miller (Norfolk area),
    give her a call at 804-698-1087 and encourage her to support HB 72
    when she votes on it on Monday afternoon. If she supports that bill,
    it will head to the full committee.

    --

    Also the full Militia, Police, and Public Safety committee, which was
    cancelled Friday, will meet at 7 AM on Tuesday to consider all the
    bills that have passed out of subcommittees the last two weeks. The
    meeting will be in House Room C on the ground floor of the General
    Assembly Building, SE corner of 9th and Broad in Richmond.

    If you can make this meeting, please do so.
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    HB 72 and HB 32 were killed by the two self-described "pro-gun" Dems, tonight.
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    Thanks & details

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom357 View Post
    HB 72 and HB 32 were killed by the two self-described "pro-gun" Dems, tonight.
    Yup!

    Assume you attended. If so, thanks.

    It's a 600 mile round trip for me. So, I likely not drive all that distance for the "Death Star" subcommittee, even if I hadn't taken a fall Sunday and my leg is not doing too well.

    It's important, for those who can get to these sessions make the effort.

    Again thanks.

    BTW -- here are some details from a VA-ALERT, for the rest of the DC members.

    [First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]

    1. Two pro-gun bills killed by "Pro-Gun" Democrat Delegates
    2. House restaurant ban repeal to be heard tomorrow (Tuesday) morning!

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    1. Two pro-gun bills killed by "Pro-Gun" Democrat Delegates
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    Turnout was low tonight from our side in the Militia, Police, and
    Public Safety subcommittee #3 (Death Star), creating a pretty much
    even match between pro and anti-gun citizens for the first time in a
    long time.

    Being heard were two bills: HB 32, Delegate Bob Marshall's bill to
    allow professors to carry at universities, and HB 72, Delegate
    Carrico's bill to reduced the charge for someone inadvertently
    carrying a firearm on K-12 school property from a Class 6 felony to a
    Class 1 misdemeanor.

    I had predicted that both bills would most likely die by a vote of 2
    to 3, along party lines.

    And, sadly, I was 100% correct. In fact I had my twitter message
    already typed up and ready to go before the votes were taken. I only
    had to hit "send" after each vote.

    Democratic Delegates Paula Miller and Roslyn Tyler both proclaimed to
    the audience that contrary to what VCDL alerts were saying, they were
    "pro-gun." They then proved it to everyone by voting against both
    bills.

    Gee, I'm sure glad they're "pro-gun," aren't you?

    Of course Democratic Delegate Jim Scott also voted against both bills,
    but he doesn't even pretend to be pro-gun.

    Two members did understand the importance of self-defense: Republican
    Delegates Bill Carrico and Donald Merricks voted in support of both
    bills.

    On our way out, who should step in the elevator, but Speaker Bill
    Howell! (The Speaker, among other things, creates and populates all
    committees and subcommittees in the House and determines which bills
    the committees and subcommittees hear.)

    He casually asked how things were going.

    Bad timing.

    I said, "Well, subcommittee #3 of Militia, Police, and Public Safety
    did their assigned job and killed two excellent pro-gun bills."

    An awkward silence followed for a few seconds, before someone changed
    the subject.

    Channel 8 in Richmond (ABC) covered the hearing and interviewed me.
    Coverage should be on at 11 PM and possibly Tuesday morning.


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    2. House restaurant ban repeal to be heard tomorrow (Tuesday) morning!
    ************************************************** ***********

    Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, February 9th at 7 AM, the full Militia,
    Police, and Public Safety committee is going to hear only one gun
    bill: Delegate Gilbert's restaurant ban repeal, HB 505. They will be
    meeting in House Room C on the ground floor of the General Assembly
    Building.

    I expect when the committee meets on Friday they will vote on all the
    gun bills that have cleared subcommittee over the last few weeks.




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    From Delegate Paula Miller's Newsletter:

    HB 505, HB 32, and HB 72 - These bills all deal with handguns, and
    since I am on the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee and a
    subcommittee as well, these bills generated many calls and messages
    to my office. I am a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and the
    right to keep and bear arms. However, I also think we need to use
    good judgment and common sense in keeping our citizens safe. HB 32
    proposed that faculty members at Virginia colleges be permitted to
    carry handguns on campus and in classrooms if they hold a concealed
    gun permit. Representatives from VCU, ODU, and other colleges spoke
    out strongly against the measure, as did a number of parents of
    students, including some whose children were injured at Virginia
    Tech. HB 72 would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to
    carry a concealed handgun on school (K-12 grade) property. School
    safety should be a concern for all Virginians and I don't think it
    sends the right message when we allow adults, for whatever reason,
    to bring handguns onto school property. As I told the subcommittee,
    currently Virginia prosecutors have the discretion to reduce a
    felony to a misdemeanor, if someone inadvertently brought a
    concealed gun onto school property, so there is already built-in
    protection for such cases. I am concerned, however, because
    prosecutors have indicated that if we passed this bill to reduce the
    charge solely to a misdemeanor, because of proposed budget cuts,
    they would lack the manpower to pursue many misdemeanor charges. I
    voted against both measures and both bills died in subcommittee. HB
    505 is the perennial guns-in-bars bill. Surveys show most
    Virginians and most bars and restaurants that serve alcohol strongly
    oppose the measure. This bill passed the House Militia, Police, and
    Public Safety Committee this week by a vote of 16-6. I voted
    against the bill. It now goes to the House floor for debate and vote.
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    "I am a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms."

    Sure you are. That is why during the election we need to ask for positions on specific issues and not accept a general "I support...."
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    More good news!

    More from a VA-ALERT.

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    MORE GOOD NEWS!

    I just discovered that the One Handgun a Month repeal bill (HB 49,
    Delegate Lingamfelter) was heard in the House Militia, Police, and
    Public Safety subcommittee #1 at 5 PM tonight!

    The bill passed out of subcommittee by a 5 to 0 vote!

    I expect it will be heard tomorrow morning at 9 AM in the full
    Militia, Police and Public Safety committee, along with all the other
    bills that have passed out of subcommittee the last two weeks.

    I'll be at the meeting with GSL stickers in hand.

    -

    Also, Delegate Morefield's Castle Doctrine Bill (HB 854) reported out
    of the full House Courts of Justice Committee by a 16 to 5 vote! The
    bill was changed to match the wording that passed the House previously.

    HB 854 now heads to the House Floor for a vote in a few days.

    -

    This afternoon Delegate Gilbert's restaurant ban repeal bill (HB 505)
    was on it's second reading. Delegate Morrissey asked one question
    after the other hoping to come up with something to tank the bill, but
    in the end Delegate Gilbert did an excellent job rebutting Morrissey.
    The bills was engrossed (locked so no amendments can be made before
    the final vote tomorrow). If it passes that vote, it is on its way to
    the Senate!

    -

    HB 52, Delegate Cole's bill to make failure to produce a CHP when
    asked by a law enforcement officer a $25 civil penalty, was reported
    out of the House Courts of Justice committee by a 22 to 0 vote and
    heads to the Floor for a vote in a few days.
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    I just want to thank you for all the updates.
    I have been faithfully calling Richmond to promote these bills.

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    Thumbs up Update from a VA-ALERT

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    A 1,000 is a perfect score in baseball, which we didn't get, but we
    have done extremely well so far! Lobby Day continues to pay off in
    spades.

    Highlights from today: the restaurant ban repeal and non-CHP glovebox
    carry passed the Senate. One handgun a month repeal, castle doctrine,
    emergency shelter carry, non-CHP glovebox carry passed the House.

    Here are the status of ALL the key gun bills at the halfway mark (all
    surviving bills now switch houses and we start over again):

    BILLS THAT PASSED THE SENATE TODAY, HEADING TO THE HOUSE:

    SB 334, Senator Hanger, restaurant ban repeal - 22 to 18 [details of
    the vote on this bill are at the end of this alert]

    SB 408, Senator Vogel, non-CHP holder can have their loaded handgun in
    a locked compartment of container in a private vehicle or boat - 24 to
    16

    SB 3, Senator Smith, clarifies that a CHP can be renewed through the
    mail - 29 to 11

    SB 533, Senator McDougle, clarifies that a new CHP applicant that is
    denied has the right to an ore tenus hearing - 32 to 8


    BILLS THAT PASSED THE HOUSE TODAY, HEADING TO THE SENATE

    HB 49, Delegate Lingamfelter, repeals One Handgun a Month - 61 to 37

    HB 854, Delegate Morefield, castle doctrine - 75 to 24

    HB 52, Delegate Cole, makes it a $25 civil fine for not carrying a CHP
    while carrying concealed - 99 to 0

    HB 26, Delegate Wright, limits what information must be supplied by a
    CHP applicant - 99 to 0

    HB 1217, Delegate Lewis, lets school boards offer firearms safety
    classes - 99 to 0

    HB 8, Delegate Carrico, clarifies that a CHP can be renewed through
    the mail - 75 to 24

    HB 69, Delegate Carrico, Virginia Firearms Freedom Act (10 Amendment
    protection on guns made and sold in Virginia) - 70 to 29

    HB 79, Delegate Ware, prohibits circuit courts from releasing CHP
    application information to the public - 87 to 10

    HB 108, Delegate Cole, requires guns that localities get in a buy-up
    must be auctioned if possible - 75 to 24

    HB 109, Delegate Cole, repeals law that allows localities to tax and
    register handguns - 80 to 18

    HB 171, Delegate Pogge, prevents an employer and others from banning
    firearms in locked vehicles in a parking lot - 72 to 27

    HB 236, Delegate Janis, allows for discharge close to a subdivision if
    done safely - 79 to 19

    HB 490, Delegate Lingamfelter, authorizes the State Police to
    investigate a lifetime CHP - 78 to 20

    HB 870, Delegate Cline, removes the authorization for a locality to
    fingerprint first time CHP applicants - 83 to 15

    HB 871, Delegate Cline, clarifies that a new CHP applicant that is
    denied has the right to an ore tenus hearing - 92 to 7

    HB 885, Delegate Athey, non-CHP holder can have their loaded handgun
    in an unlocked compartment of container in a private vehicle or boat -
    74 to 25

    HB 1070, Delegate Athey, CHP holder can carry in an emergency shelter
    - 74 to 24

    HB 1191, Delegate Griffith, permits a judge to allow a circuit court
    clerk to issue CHPs if there are no problems with the applicant - 86
    to 12

    HB 1379, Delegate Sickles, requires that child-care facilities in
    Northern Virginia follow state law in regard to storage of firearms -
    86 to 12


    BILLS THAT PASSED EITHER THE SENATE OR HOUSE BEFORE TODAY

    HB 505, Delegate Gilbert, restaurant ban repeal - 67 to 27

    HB 681, Delegate Jackson Miller, allows a police officer to arrest at
    will for a Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor - 68 to 28

    SB 580, Senator Marsden, makes someone under 18 cannot possess an
    airsoft gun that can shoot a BB at over 250 FPS and is not marked
    orange - 33 to 5


    ANTI-FREEDOM BILLS THAT ARE DEAD

    SB 89, Senator Stuart, requires that someone getting their rights
    restored must include input from the local Commonwealth Attorney

    HB 1271, Delegate Torian, allows schools to ban guns in containers in
    vehicles while on college or university school parking lots

    HB 1214, Delegate Kory, bans gun in K-12 in vehicles

    SB 595, Senator Lucas, "gun show loophole"

    HB 1209, Delegate Ward, requires a machine gun owner notify the State
    Police with 24 hours of a move

    HB 1146, Delegate Jim Scott, takes away the firearms rights of a
    person who parental rights have been terminated

    HB 520, Delegate Morrissey, requires anyone selling 3 or more guns at
    a gun show have an FFL

    HB 879, Senator BaCote, bans guns in libraries

    HB 1234, Delegate McClellan, "gun show loophole"

    SB 268, Senator Whipple, allows localities to ban guns in their
    buildings

    HB 684, Delegate Jackson Miller, adds butterfly knives to the
    concealed weapons list

    HB 1151, Delegate Iaquinto, adds butterfly knives to the concealed
    weapons list

    SB 643, Senator Reynolds, allows a police officer to arrest at will
    for a Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor


    PRO-FREEDOM BILLS THAT ARE DEAD

    HB 106, Delegate Cole, allows CHP holders to carry in a place of
    worship with approval and in restaurants that serve alcohol

    HB 489, Delegate Lingamfelter, reorganizes the concealed carry law

    SB 79, Senator Reynolds, removes the authorization for a locality to
    fingerprint first time CHP applicants

    HB 54, Delegate Cole, allows carry in courthouses after hours if
    building is being used for some other function

    HB 475, Delegate Carrico, allows CHP holders to carry outside of
    vehicle in K-12 school parking lots

    HB 32, Delegate Bob Marshall, allows a professor to carry at schools
    of higher education

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    RESTAURANT BAN REPEAL VOTE IN SENATE

    Here are the Senators that voted pro-freedom. If you are a
    constituent, please call your Senator and thank him or her:

    Colgan, Deeds, Edwards, Hanger, Houck, Hurt, Martin, McDougle,
    McWaters, Newman, Obenshain, Petersen, Puckett, Quayle, Reynolds,
    Ruff, Smith, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler

    Here are the Senators that vote anti-freedom. If you are a
    constituent, please call your Senator and politely tell them to
    support your right to keep and bear arms:

    Barker, Blevins, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh,
    McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Norment, Northam, Puller,
    Saslaw, Ticer, Watkins, Whipple

    The phone numbers for the Senators can be found here:

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    Saslaw also said that avoiding the issue spares some vulnerable members from a politically risky vote. But he expressed hope that the Senate would kill the repeal of the gun-a-month law, even if it moves through the House.
    Hum "politically risky vote" Maybe some of them are getting the idea that they are there to represent the voters, not beat their own drum in opposition to the voters values. If their voters agreed with the representatives position, it would be a "politically strengthening vote" not "a politically risky vote"

    "If you had a bill over there that required every home to come with a surface-to-air missile, it'd pass," he said.
    Now that's a thought!

    washingtonpost.com

    Virginia lawmakers aim to loosen firearm restrictions

    By Fredrick Kunkle
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    RICHMOND, FEB. 14 -- A little more than a year ago, Virginia gun owners joined millions of Americans who began stockpiling weapons for fear that Barack Obama would win the White House and push for new gun controls.

    Now that the former Illinois senator is president, the prophesied gun control measures have not come to pass, and Virginia's gun advocates are feeling almost giddy about their chances to loosen restrictions on buying and carrying firearms.

    With a new Republican governor, attorney general and Republican-led House of Delegates, pro-gun legislators in Virginia are pushing a raft of bills, including some that would have had little chance in previous years.

    Among them is a bid to fend off federal regulation of firearms and ammunition made and sold only in Virginia and a proposal to repeal the 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month, a signature achievement of former governor L. Douglas Wilder (D).

    The repeal sailed through the House on Monday, despite opposition from law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church, and delegates also passed the bill on federal regulation. Both measures face an uphill climb in the Senate.

    "You shouldn't have your constitutional rights rationed. Do we ration the First Amendment? Why not one church service a month?" said Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), who is sponsoring the repeal of the one-gun-a-month law.

    Other bills are designed to swell the ranks of Virginia's approximately 214,300 concealed-weapons carriers and open more doors to them. On Friday, the House approved a bill, HB505, that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, as long as they refrain from drinking. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to take up a similar bill, SB334, sponsored by Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta).

    In previous years, the guns-in-bars bill cleared both chambers but was vetoed by then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has expressed support for the measure.

    Similar efforts to loosen gun restrictions are underway in Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Among a dozen pro-gun bills under consideration in Arizona this year is a measure to allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit, effectively abolishing existing training and certification requirements. Wyoming's House overwhelmingly passed a similar bill last week.

    'A burden on society'


    The trend toward loosening restrictions on guns worries people such as Rao Ivatury, a surgeon and head of the trauma unit at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Of the more than 800 people who arrive at the trauma center each year because of violence, about two-thirds have been shot.

    Ivatury estimates that caring for a gunshot victim costs "in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some into the millions." Even a 10-day stay for a fairly minor wound can cost at least $25,000 he said.

    "So there is a burden on society," Ivatury said.

    The pro-gun trend has cheered the National Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates, such as Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

    "America has come around to the fact that you've got to blame the criminals for criminal acts and stop punishing everybody else every time something happens," Van Cleave said.

    Except for 2008, the year after the Virginia Tech massacre, Virginia lawmakers have introduced more weapons bills this year -- 60 -- than in the past 15 years, and two-thirds of this year's bills dealing with handguns or other firearms have been endorsed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

    In a nod to the growing 10th Amendment movement urging states to resist federal encroachment, Republican Dels. Charles W. Carrico Jr. (Grayson) and C.L. "Clay" Athey Jr. (Warren) have submitted bills that would protect Virginia-made ammunition and firearms sold only in the commonwealth from federal legislation. That bill, HB69, also won preliminary approval.

    Another bill, HB854, written by Del. James W. Morefield (R-Tazewell) and given preliminary approval Monday, would enshrine the "castle doctrine," a legal principle that ensures that a gun owner who injures or kills an intruder in his home does not face criminal prosecution or civil lawsuits.

    "It's pretty staggering, the number of bills put forward, especially the bills for carrying concealed weapons and taking them to new and exciting places," said Chad Ramsey, director of federal legislation at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

    Ramsey said that several concealed weapons holders have been charged in mass killings, including Christopher Speight, who is charged with murder in the killings of eight people in Appomattox last month, and Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has been charged in the mass shooting at Fort Hood in November.

    Political climate


    Highest on the gun advocates' wish list is Lingamfelter's bill to repeal what is perhaps Virginia's best-known gun control law. Lingamfelter says the law that bans the purchase of more than one handgun every 30 days is obsolete because the General Assembly has carved out so many exceptions, including a provision that exempts current concealed weapons holders. He says that advances in instant electronic background checks have also made it unnecessary.

    Some gun control advocates said they think the House committee was emboldened to push the measure after the Democrat-controlled Senate surrendered on a bill that would have closed the so-called gun show loophole. That bill, SB595, sponsored by Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), would have required every buyer at a gun show to undergo a background check. Currently, only federally licensed dealers must conduct the checks. Similar measures died in House committees.

    Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said it did not seem worthwhile to pass the bill when its fate in the House was clear.

    "We've beaten our heads against the wall," Saslaw said. "You know, you begin to look like Don Quixote."

    Saslaw also said that avoiding the issue spares some vulnerable members from a politically risky vote. But he expressed hope that the Senate would kill the repeal of the gun-a-month law, even if it moves through the House.

    "If you had a bill over there that required every home to come with a surface-to-air missile, it'd pass," he said.
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