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
Bowers and his girlfriend Marguarite dance before the speeches.
At noon Friday the incumbent Mayor David Bowers held a rally at Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles at Church and Market Street. Along with about 40 supporters was DPVA Chair Brian Moran, Virginia Senator John Edwards, former DPVA Chair Dick Cranwell, former VA Senator Granger MacFarlane and former Delegate Chip Woodrum.
Councilman Sherman Lea was by his side and took accolades from Bowers who thanked and praised his colleague for holding the team together and not challenging Bowers for Mayor. Lea is seeking his third term on council along with Anita Price and Court Rosen.
Price was at a family graduation and Councilman Rosen has been conspicuously absent from Bowers’ events. He made a brief showing at the Democratic women’s wine and cheese event Thursday evening and was seen at the mayoral forum. Lea and Price have shared a few ads and stood with Bowers at many events but Rosen has campaigned on his own.
Another dignitary has been absent. Delegate Onzlee Ware has not been by Bowers’ side at any event. Senator John Edwards on the other hand can be counted on for support and attendance at all events political or otherwise. (Let me know if someone has seen Rosen and Ware.)
Moran said how important it was that Democrats prevail on the local level “where the rubber meets the road.”
Bowers didn’t hold back on his criticisim of his Republican opponent Mark Lucas repeating as he had in the past his opponents lack of knowledge of Roanoke issues and absence at board meetings. Bowers said his opponent calls himself a visionary but “all that sizzles is not steak.” (See the video.)