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
Ed Elswick (R) and Sarah Goodman (D) debated at Bent Mountain Elementary School Thursday night. They are running for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Windsor district. Elswick defeated incumbent Joe McNamara in the Republican primary.
Holini David with WDBJ7 moderate the forum. Written questions were also taken from the audience.
Both Elswick and Goodman agreed on many things. Elswick made clear and repeated several times that Roanoke County has wasted taxpayer’s money on amenities like the recreation center and greenways. He remarked that on all his interviews for endorsements each asked if he supported funding the greenways. Elswick is adamant about government being involved in only the necessities. He said he “doesn’t expect to get any endorsements” saying that he didn’t believe that telling them what they wanted to hear was being honest.
Elswick is retired from GE in Salem with 31 years of cost control experience. He stressed that they never made their decisions on where to locate a plant based on quality of life.
Elswick said that “he is beholden to no one … am I a radical?” He closed with a commitment if elected “not to extend the scope of government beyond basic services.”
Goodman on the other hand believes strongly in quality of life amenities. She believes that businesses look for culture and outdoor activity as a means of retaining and enticing skilled employees. Goodman said she would work for the regional initiatives to connect the county greenway with those in the surrounding localities.
Goodman is a real estate agent with schools, economic development and jobs are other parts of her platform.