I have been expecting this to happen for about 3 days now, but I was
hoping it wouldn't.
Gun-hater Senator Marsh, who is the chairman of the Senate Courts of
Justice committee, has created a special subcommittee to "deal" with
Who is on this "death star" committee?
Senator Toddy Puller (Democrat) - anti-self-defense - chairperson
Senator Henry Marsh (Democrat) - anti-self-defense
Senator Janet Howell (Democrat) - anti-self-defense
Senator Louise Lucas (Democrat) - anti-self-defense
Senator Frederick Quayle (Republican) - pro-self-defense
First, the good news: the restaurant ban repeal (SB 334), guns in
locked containers and compartments in vehicles (SB 408), CHP renewals
through the mail (SB 3), and the right to an ore tenus hearing for
first time CHP applicants who are turned down (SB 533) ARE ALL SAFE
from this subcommittee and, unless the House somehow really fumbles
the ball, should be heading to the Governor's desk in the near
future. Also, the firearms safety education program for elementary
schools (HB 1217) is being heard in a different Senate committee:
Health and Education - it passed out of a subcommittee by 3 to 2 this
Now, the bad news: the rest of the pro-gun bills that passed the
House are **probably** headed to Marsh's death star subcommittee,
which is scheduled to meet on Thursday. Here is my analysis on the
fate of those bills that could end up in that subcommittee:
BILLS THAT ARE GOING TO REQUIRE THE MOST EFFORT TO GET PASSED OUT OF
HB 1070, Delegate Athey, allows CHP holders to carry in emergency
HB 108, Delegate Cole, requires localities to sell firearms purchased
in a "buy up"
HB 79, Delegate Ware, prohibits Circuit Court Clerks from
disseminating CHP applicant information
HB 870, Delegate Cline, repeals the option for localities to
fingerprint first time CHP applicants
HB 69, Delegate Carrico, Virginia Firearms Freedom Act, guns made and
sold in Virginia not subject to federal regulations
HB 854, Delegate Morefield, Castle doctrine
BILLS THAT SHOULD REQUIRE LESS EFFORT TO GET PASSED OUT OF SUBCOMMITTEE
HB 191, Delegate Griffith, allows Circuit Court Clerks to issue CHPs
HB 490, Delegate Lingamfelter, requires the State Police to put
together a proposal for lifetime CHP permits
HB 505, Delegate Gilbert, restaurant ban repeal - probably conformed
to SB 334, which has already passed out of the Senate
HB 109, Delegate Cole, repeals the authority for counties to tax
handgun sales and get a list of handgun purchasers
HB 885, Delegate Athey, allows a non-CHP holder to have a loaded gun
in an unlocked container or compartment in a vehicle - probably
conformed to SB 408, which has already passed the Senate
HB 52, Delegate Cole, creates a $25 civil penalty if a CHP holder does
not present his CHP when asked to do so by a LEO
BILLS THAT SHOULD PASS OUT OF SUBCOMMITTEE EASILY
HB 1092, Delegate Crockett-Stark, allows retired police to carry
everywhere they go
HB 1379, Delegate Sickles, allows NoVA localities to control storage
of firearms in small child-care facilities
Elections, like the one tomorrow in the House District 41 (Bolognese/
Filler-Corn), have consequences.
In 2011 the entire Senate is up for election and we must replace the
Senate's bad actors on both sides of the aisle with pro-self-defense
But that by itself probably won't be good enough. Since the
LEADERSHIP of the Senate is controlled by anti-self-defense Democrats,
the only way to stop the Senate leadership from continuing to play
games with our rights is to take them out of power or to reduce their
The loss of three Democratic Senate seats, for example, would turn
leadership of the Senate over to the Republicans, while a loss of only
two Democratic seats would give both parties joint control.
*** This might be a good time to begin filling the VCDL-PAC's coffers
with a lot of money. ***
Here's a story in the Washington Post on the death star subcommittee:
Virginia Politics Blog - Senate special panel likely to kill House bills expanding gun rights
Senate special panel likely to kill House bills expanding gun rights
The chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee this morning
announced that he was creating a special subcommittee to hear a
collection of bills dealing with guns that have passed the House of
Delegates, including a proposal to repeal Virginia's law limiting
handgun purchases to one a month.
The committee's membership leaves little doubt as to the outcome:
Chaired by Democrat Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax), the committee will
also include Democrats Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Louise
Lucas. Each have a long history of opposing such bills. The only
Republican serving on the subcommittee will be Sen. Fred Quayle, who
said recently he does not favor repealing the one-gun-a-month law.
Sending the bills to a subcommittee takes advantage of a new practice
of the Senate to allow the smaller group of senators to kill bills
without requiring a vote of the full committee. The House has long
operated under such rules. After years of moaning about how the House
often failed to give its proposals the consideration of full
committees, the Senate this year decided to follow the House lead and
adopt a similar practice.
Sending the gun bills to a subcommittee ensures the bills will be
killed by senators from safe districts, whose voting history on gun
issues is well established. It spares Democrats on the full committee
who sometimes vote for such bills a tough vote that could hurt their
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D), the party's former gubernatorial nominee,
for instance, will likely not have to cast a vote on the one-gun-a-
month issue. He had said during the campaign that he would not veto a
repeal of the bill but as a delegate in the 1990s, he had backed the
adoption of the measure.
Sen. Chap Petersen (D), who represents a swing Fairfax district, will
also not have to weigh in. Petersen supported a measure earlier in the
session to allow restaurant patrons to carry concealed weapons in
establishments that serve alcohol, as long as they do not drink.
Petersen said recently that he opposed repealing the one-gun-a-month
Courts Committee Chairman Henry Marsh (D) denied protecting Senate
voting records was a motivation for creating the subcommittee.
Instead, he said he was aiming to "expedite" the work of the
committee. Without sending the bills to subcommittee, he said the
committee would not be able to complete its docket this year. [PVC:
Sure, Senator Marsh - if you say so.]
The special subcommittee is scheduled to meet Thursday.
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