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
Melvin Williams, 36, is seeking the Republican nomination of his party for the 17th District of Virginia. The seat held by Delegate William Fralin (R) who announced he was stepping down to devote more time to the family business, Medical Facilities of America.
“Smaller government is better government” is Williams’ platform. He touted his conservative values instilled in his youth. Rather than serving up government handouts Williams believes in the helping hands of the community, neighbors, church and family. He does support some government assistance as “a safety net” in the most dire of circumstances. Melvin Williams website is located HERE.
Williams was sympathetic to men who owe child support. In many cases “the people who need the child support are in no better condition than the people that are suppose to be paying.”
Williams grandfather was in the House of Delegates in Allegheny County from 1960 to about 1972. His wife, Pamela, said that he had held a position in church ministry throughout his law practice and was pastor of Church of the Brethren in Newport News while in law school.
When it comes to working across the isle Williams says that its more about “geographic delegation” then “party delegation” and credits Delegate Onzlee Ware (D) in the adjoining 11th District as a nonpartisan legislator who is doing “what is best for Virginia.”
Williams said that he believes people in the Roanoke Valley want “to see a government that is efficient” and one “that is not going to take any more money out of their pocket than they have to.” Government should be used for “essential resources … the private sector should be first.”
Social Services should be the last resort not the first resort,” said Williams. Government should only be for “when there is no other option.”
Roanoke conservative Mickie Nixon was helping out but the campaign staffing is still in the works. According to Salem Republican Chair, Adam Boitnott there could be other contenders. Boitnott indicated there would be an announcement of a Republican candidate for the 11th District coming soon.