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
Monday, February 27, 2012
RICHMOND (February 27, 2012) – Today, the Richmond Circuit Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by six Virginia residents that sought to have the court draw Virginia’s congressional districts for the upcoming elections. The court found that the 2012 General Assembly had the power to draw new congressional districts, and therefore, the plaintiffs’ suit had to be dismissed.
“We are pleased that the court has granted our motion for summary judgment. As we have said from the very beginning, both the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution provide that redistricting is a matter to be handled by the General Assembly. Once the General Assembly drew new lines, there was simply no need for involvement by the court. Like the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which ruled two weeks ago in a similar case, the state court recognized this fact and decided to dismiss the case with prejudice,” said Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
“Now that the challenges to the General Assembly’s power to draw new congressional lines have all been dismissed, we will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain pre-clearance of the lines under the Voting Rights Act so that the congressional primaries and the general elections can occur with as little confusion and disruption as possible. The law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McDonnell meets all constitutional and statutory requirements, and we are ready to litigate that question if necessary,” said Cuccinelli.
The Richmond Circuit Court lawsuit is Little, et al., v. Virginia State Board of Elections, et al., CL11-5253.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, congress, democrat, lawsuit, republican