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
With many high profile supporters, Democrat incumbent delegate Onzlee Ware announced his reelection bid. Ware was surrounded and praised by fellow Democrat Minority leader Delegate Ward Armstrong 10th District that includes Martinsville.
Former Delegate “Chip” Woodrum, Commonwealth Attorney, Don Caldwell, Clerk of Court Brenda Hamilton, Commissioner of Revenue Sherman Holland, City Treasurer Evelyn Powers, and Council members Court Rosen, Rupert Cutler, Dave Trinkle, and Gwenn Mason (running for the 17th district herself).
Ware’s opponent for the primary is Martin Jeffrey. Jeffrey’s campaign manager, Mark Powell is seen here shaking Ware’s hand.
Mark Powell, Campaign Manager for Martin Jeffrey
“Chip” Woodrum, Delegate Onzlee Ware, Candidate Pat Patterson
Delegate Onzlee Ware
Ware says “he is a fighter” and his opponent will need every waking moment in challenging him. He has “team Ware” pointing to those surrounding him. The highlights are in the video here and Delegate Ward Armstrongs speech followes Ware’s remarks.