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
Around the country cities and counties were showing their resolve to fight back against crime in their communities. Roanoke City was no exception with 10 neighborhoods participating this year. Countryside Neighborhood Alliance took part Tuesday with their annual picnic to show appreciation for Roanoke City police and Fire/EMS personnel. As Chair of Countryside I can say without a doubt that we look forward to having our public safety professionals at all our gatherings. The weather cooperated perfectly and my neighbors sure can cook.
Held this year in the Saunders’ back yard adjacent to the 10th and 11th Countryside golf course fairway we were visited by an abundance of public safety officials. Our local fire station No. 13 were the first to show up with two firetrucks closely followed by Fire Chief David Hoback and Assistant Manager and former Fire Chief Jim Grigsby.
Police Chief Gaskins receives Proclamation from Mayor Bowers
A big hit with not only the youngsters but as you will see in the slide show McGruff the Crime dog had the ladies attention. We are so lucky to have a Community Resource Officer like William (Billy) Wood and Lt. Mac Babb who is assigned to Zone 4 (Northwest City).
At left at Monday’s Council meeting Mayor Bowers proclaimed Tuesday, April 4 National Night Out in Roanoke. Councilwoman Anita Price came with her daughter and granddaughter to share the evening as well.