Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
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
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Morgan Griffith elected 9th distric congressman
BRISTOL _ The Republican Party took back the Ninth Congressional seat Tuesday from long-time incumbent Rick Boucher. Morgan Griffith claimed the election with 51 to 46 percent including large chunks of voters in the coal-rich southwest Virginia.
Griffith had criticized Boucher on his vote for the Cap and Trade bill, which the Republican said would hurt coal jobs in the region.
In his victory speech at the Bristol Holiday Inn, Griffith recognized Bill Wampler Sr., who was in attendance. Wampler was the last Republican to hold the seat until 1982 when Boucher started his 28-year run.
“I’m glad to put the fight back into the Fighting Ninth,” Griffith said. “Washington has a lot of problems, and I now I feel the burden to correct some of those. Make it clear-Cap and Trade is not going to pass. I will fight to rein in the EPA, and look at all regulations that have negatively affected the businesses in southwest Virginia.”
Griffith told a boisterous crowd that he will stop the Obama attack on coal. “We need to take the offensive that we have the best coal in the world.”
Boucher called Griffith shortly before he addressed the crowd, offering to help in the transition. Griffith called Boucher’s concession call a move by a classic Virginia gentleman.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Elections, Politics
Tags: congress, Election 2010, Elections, republican