Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
In a message to to his friends and supports Aneesh Chopra conceded to Senator Ralph Northam:
“A little while ago, I called Senator Ralph Northam to congratulate him on winning the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. I know he will fight hard to ensure the Democratic ticket wins in a clean sweep this November.
I want to thank you and all of our dedicated supporters for their hard work on this campaign. This was a campaign run on the idea that we can, and must, work together to move Virginia forward.
While tonight’s result was not what we had hoped for, I know that tomorrow we will all rally together to win in the fall. This is but the first step in ensuring the best possible future for Virginia.”
“I want to congratulate Senator Ralph Northam on his victory tonight in the Democratic Primary. Senator Northam and his staff should be proud of their campaign. While this was not the result that we hoped for tonight — I look forward to coming together to ensure the Democratic ticket wins a clean sweep in November. The work to bring fairness, equality, and opportunity to Virginia continues.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Chopra, democrat, election 2013, Elections, Lt_Governor