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
Sitting across the table from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says it is “a dark day.”
RICHMOND (June 28, 2012) – Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will host a live news conference and teleconference call TODAY at 12:15 ET on this morning’s Supreme Court decision on the federal health care law and its effect on Virginia. The Supreme Court upheld the federal mandate that every citizen buy private health insurance or face an annual fine.
The attorney general had the following initial reaction to the decision:
“This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law. This is a dark day for American liberty.
“This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.
“This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines – a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn’t have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain. Since the federal government itself could never articulate to the court a constitutional limit to this power, Congress has gained an unlimited power to force citizens to buy anything.
“I am disappointed with the court’s ruling and with the unprecedented attack on American liberty the president and the previous Congress have created with this law.
Posted By Valerie Garner
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Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli, Election 2011, Election 2012, health