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
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, will hold a town hall meeting at the Hotel Roanoke on Friday from 8:00-9:00 a.m. On Thursday he will hold a private fundraiser.
This past Sunday local Democrats hosted a meet and greet for Terry McAuliffe at the Sheraton Airport Hotel.
Both candidates have not made Southwest Virginia a priority in their campaigns. That may change when they see poll numbers crunch together making SWVA voters a more coveted demographic. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine courted SWVA voters and if I recall they won their race for governor and U.S. Senate. <snark>
On Sunday McAuliffe launched his policy to support Virginia’s veterans and military families and stressed his support for Medicaid expansion and investing in Virginia’s transportation infrastructure. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland campaigned in the Commonwealth for McAuliffe, making stops at small businesses in Bristol, Roanoke, and Richmond to discuss his vision for growing and diversifying the economy.
McAuliffe also applauded Governor McDonnell’s announcement of the extension of Amtrak services from Lynchburg to Roanoke:
“I was pleased to hear that regional intercity passenger rail will be extended to Roanoke–a critical investment that will boost Virginia’s economy and connect another city in the Commonwealth to those up and down the Northeast corridor. I applaud Governor McDonnell and Virginia’s legislature for coming together earlier this year to pass the first bipartisan transportation compromise in Virginia in 27 years.”
Senator Mark Herring also attended the meet & greet in his bid for attorney general.