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
Candidate claims bias. Don Caldwell, Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Roanoke released a statement Monday regarding the complaint by Martin Jeffrey, Democratic primary candidate for the 11th District House of Delegates. Jeffrey is opposing Democratic incumbent Delegate Onzlee Ware in the June 9 primary.
Caldwell states that the document he received in his office from the Jeffrey campaign on May 4 was “remarkably short on detail” but it appeared that the concern was on Delegate Ware’s petitions including the number of signatures, the notary seal, and the way the petitions were circulated.
Caldwell’s statement read: “Pursuant to these concerns, I asked Mr. Tony Reed, the Chairman of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee, to show me the original paperwork that he received from Delegate Onzlee Ware’s campaign. An examination of these documents indicated some 200 signatures were submitted; and Mr. Tony Reed advised that there were at least 125 signatures, the minimum number required by statute, of registered voters who lived in the district where the election is to be held. I next contacted each of the affiants who collected signatures and determined that each affiant had circulated his/her petition(s) and had complied with the requirements of statute and executed an affidavit to this effect on each petition as required by law. Finally, an inspection of the petitions indicated that a raised notary seal was not present. However, a notarized affidavit is not required under Consequently, the presence or absence of a notary seal is not fatal to the validity of the petition especially when the affiant in person administering the oath are available and have verified that this process was done according to statute.”
Mark Powell, Jeffrey’s campaign manager accused Caldwell of making this statement in a bias manner since he supports incumbent Ware openly. “It is a sham of an investigation … the process has been corrupted,” said Powell.