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
Gwen Mason was joined Thursday, by local members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation to announce the endorsement of Virginia AgPAC, a political action committee of VFBF, in the race for the 17th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Supporters included Roanoke County Board of Supervisor member Charlotte Moore, Roanoke City Treasurer Evelyn Powers and local members of the Farm Bureau at the Jeter Farm.
As the granddaughter of a peach farmer and a long-term member of the Farm Bureau myself, their endorsement means a great deal to me.
These past weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in Botetourt County and elsewhere in the 17th District speaking with local growers. The Food Expo on Friday, August 14th was a wonderful celebration of family farms in this precious corner of Virginia. I will work hard to promote these healthy, homegrown treasures and the people who produce them.”
The non-partisan Virginia AgPAC was created by the Farm Bureau in 1999 and employs in-kind contributions to support candidates who can best support agriculture and Farm Bureau issues. With 147,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group.
Mason responds to Bill Cleaveland’s remarks on Wednesday:
CLEAVELAND on Wednesday – “Governor adjusted the official figure to a half a BILLION dollars more than my opponent’s projection. Underestimating economic difficulties and simply hoping for the best are the origins of the current shortfall.”
“Virginians deserve leadership that will produce realistic budgets based on realistic projections not wish lists based on misplaced optimism.”
MASON Thursday: “Just who controlled the house during these years?” (referring to the Republican held House of Delegates).
Mason in response to an informal challenge for two debates by her opponent Bill Cleaveland said she would work with her opponent on a schedule – “the voters deserve to have a debate” to assess each candidate.