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
Governor Kaine arrived a few minutes after 10:00 AM this morning to a group of about 70 avid Roanoke City bikers from the very young to the mature. Mayor David Bowers participated in the bike ride as he did in the “Mayor’s Bike Ride” on May 2. In May Dana Martin, Commonwealth Transportation board member presented a proclamation declaring May Bike Month.
Construction of the missing link at Roanoke Memorial Hospital will begin this summer and be completed by Thanksgiving according to Bowers. This will allow clear uninterupted biking from Wasena Park to the 13th Street bridge.
Bowers introduced Governor Kaine who praised the Roanoke Valley for offering an exceptional quality of life experience. “There is so many places for people to do things outside,” said Kaine. Kaine said he had heard so much about Roanoke’s greenway and was excited to actually be able to particpate in riding it.
Barbara Duerk picked up quickly on Kaine’s advocacy for “Trails on Rails.” Kaine said, “the more people we get outdoors the more we create energy and passion to protect the natural beauty we have.”
“Enough speaking lets ride,” said Kaine so in a flash they were on their way.
Kaine was expected at Fire Station No. 11 and then at the downtown city market. At 2:30 he will be at the State and City building to announce Renew Virginia Initiatives and recognize efforts of the business coalition.