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
Government is going in the wrong direction, said Chris Head as he announced for the Republican nomination to fill the seat being vacated by William Fralin in the 17th District of Virginia. Mark Lucas, a Roanoke city resident introduced him. Lucas was rumored to be a candidate but later said it was not a good time for him and he is supporting his friend, Chris Head for delegate.
Head, 46, a Botetourt resident made his announcement at his business on 220 near the Botetourt County line. He and his wife, Betsy of 20 years own Home Instead Senior Care in Roanoke and Lynchburg and have plans to expand on Peter Creek Road in Roanoke County.
Head spoke of “career politicians” with “no common sense” who don’t understand how the laws they make effect citizens at the local level. The economy and jobs is the number one issue in this season’s campaign. Head said that, “all the other candidates are talking about job creation … I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk.” He went on to say unlike his opponents he has actually created jobs and knows how government can speed the process up or slow it down.
On economic issues Head believes that budget cuts don’t have to result in a reduction in services. “It only means we should find a more efficient way to provide those services [and] we don’t need higher taxes” to do it, said Head. He believes that Southwest Virginia is getting shortchanged when it comes to receiving State funding and plans to rectify that when he gets to Richmond.
Head admonished the challenge to Virginia’s “right to work” laws and vowed to protect Virginia from those who would take away the rights of workers to organize by a secret ballot.” We have to protect the right to work at the State level,” said Head.
Later I asked Head his take on payday lenders. Some lenders had found loopholes in regulations the General Assembly had enacted. Head said that is a tough one, as he is an advocate for the “free market” process that stimulates the “opportunity to provide services that people need.” Head then spoke of his mother who had said to him “if it were not for a $1 down and a $1 a week they would not have had what they had.” Head believes payday lending is a necessary service but that they should not have “free reign.” They are there for people that “need just a little extra help,” said Head. He realizes that there are lenders that take advantage while others are following the rules.