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
WASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) made the following remarks today on the House floor in support of the repeal of ObamaCare:
“I believe the minimum essential coverage provision penalty is unconstitutional. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. This time last year as a Member of Virginia House of Delegates, defending that Constitution, I was proud to cast my vote for House Bill 10, which mandated no Virginian shall be required to buy health insurance. Our Attorney General has joined the fray and filed suit in court and is winning. As Virginians, we did not accept the chains of George III, nor will we accept the chains of ObamaCare.”
Following the vote in Congress: Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. The bill passed the House 245-189.
“Your personal health care decisions should be made by you and your doctor, and no one else. Our health care system needs reform, but ObamaCare is not the answer. ObamaCare will ultimately destroy valuable jobs. We can do better than a government takeover.
“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. When it comes to health care, we need choices–not unconstitutional mandates. We need commonsense policies that create jobs and improve access to care without busting the budget. Repealing ObamaCare will end the 1099 mandate and give businesses the certainty they need to grow.
Congressman Griffith is an original co-sponsor of this legislation. Now that the bill has cleared the House, it will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.