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
If there was any doubt that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds had Roanoke support then those crammed on Fork in the City’s patio should tell you something. WDBJ7’s poll just released shows him up two more points at 42% with 30% for Terry McAuliffe and 21% for Brian Moran.
I missed his 2 minute speech but got some good video and pictures. After all what more is there to say – the end is nigh. Deeds best line of the evening was “who says nice guys can’t finish first?” Councilman Dave Trinkle and his wife Ann hosted the Deeds rally at their newly opened hotspot, Fork in the City on Marshall Avenue. Dr. Trinkle treated everyone with free pizza. Well at least I thought it was free and ate my fill. On hand was political strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt, Board of Supervisor member Charlotte Moore, Commonwealth Attorney Don Caldwell, former Roanoke Council member Linda Wyatt, Jack Tompkins Roanoke Valley Sister Cities, and Senator John Edwards.
I again spotted the Bob McDonnell spy following Deeds around recording his every word. It must say something that the spy was not at McAuliffe’s visit nor Moran’s visit to Roanoke on Sunday. Evidently the McDonnell campaign watches the polls – do you think?
Enjoy the pictures and video. After tomorrow the real political campaigning will start. Did you think it was over tomorrow – all those robo calls? How many did you get?
Joe Bush for Roanoke City Sheriff
Sen. Creigh Deeds
Deeds gives me a look!
Deeds working the crowd.
Deeds greeting supporter.
Councilman Dave Trinkle talks with Senator John Edwards