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
March 2012: This is Part One of my hour long interview with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli prior to his Roanoke town hall on electric rates last Tuesday.
It was a close quarters one on one interviw in a small conference room the size of a closet at his Peters Creek Road Roanoke office. The door was closed … but let me clarify we were not alone!
After talking about electric rates and the reason for the town halls I asked him what he thought of the state mandating ultrasounds while he is suing the Feds for mandating insurance coverage. It was one of those questions you knew what the answer was going to be before you asked it.
His response was “anything that the federal government can’t do the state government can as long as it doesn’t violate the constitution.” The state has more control over individuals he said, “and the founders wanted it that way.” He said the state has very broad “police power” (as in health and welfare authority) over its citizens.
He thought the ultrasound state mandate would hold up in court if an attempt were made to block it.
“On the other hand health care has always been managed by the states,” he said. “Requirements on how to operate in the medical profession to that level of specificity are something that you typically only get from the states. With ultrasounds as long as what we’re dealing with is another element of informed consent providing pictures that are already being taken – there is nothing new with it.” However, he said “I’m paid to be paranoid.” He was sure they would prevail if a lawsuit was brought.
He admitted though that there could be judges who would rule differently than the appeals court did in the Texas case. On appeal the lower court injunction was overturned. As a result Texas law requires that abortion providers perform an ultrasound on pregnant women, show and describe the image and play sounds of the fetal heartbeat. The woman is not forced to listen. I suppose she can don a set of those silent headphones. (check “Cuccinelli” tag for past AG articles.)
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli, republican