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
On February 8 in the 2011 General Assembly session Virginia House of Delegates freshman Greg Habeeb (R-8) introduced his first bill, HJ687. Habeeb from Salem filled Morgan Griffith’s seat in a special election January 12. Griffith was elected to Congress replacing Rick Boucher in the 9th district.
Habeeb said in a tweet about his back and forth with Democrat Minority Leader Ward Armstrong of Henry County: “It was fun … Having a majority like ours doesn’t offer someone like me many opportunities like that one so I’ll have to enjoy the ones I get.”
You don’t need to have Habeeb to tell you that he enjoys floor debate. In the video it becomes apparent that he enjoyed every minute of it.
Habeeb will hold a town hall Saturday, February 19 at Cave Spring High School starting at 10:00 a.m.
HJ687: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); General Assembly powers; limitations. Provides that the General Assembly may suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by joint resolution agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each house. The General Assembly may designate a joint legislative commission or pair of standing committees representing both houses to suspend any administrative rule or regulation during the interim that the General Assembly is not in session.
The bill passed the House and is now in the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections.