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
Monday, February 24, 2014
SEN. PETERSEN’S BIKE BILL DOORED BY HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE: DOES NOT SURVIVE
RICHMOND, VA.- Today, Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to protect cyclists from suddenly opened car doors died an untimely death in House Transportation Subcommittee #2. The vote was 4-3.
The bill (SB 225) was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate in a bipartisan vote.
Members of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, the Virginia Bicycling Federation, Ride Richmond, and others spoke in favor of the bill.
After the early morning subcommittee meeting, Petersen stated: “I’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard to get this bill as far as it did. This is a safety issue, and 40 states, even Alaska, have this exact law. You’re more likely to hit a moose than a bicycle in Alaska, I’m troubled as to why some people don’t want this safety law in Virginia.”
Delegates LeMunyon (R-Fairfax), Ward (D-Hampton), and Carr (D-Richmond) voted for the bill. Delegates Taylor (R-Virginia Beach), Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Austin (R-Buchanan), and voted against the bill.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: cycling, house_of_delegates, Law_enforcement