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
Incumbent 9th district Congressman Rick Boucher (D) and his Republican opponent Morgan Griffith met for the first time at a debate held by WSLS Channel 10 Thursday, October 21.
At the debate Griffith made a point that Boucher’s Democratic colleage Congressman Nick Rahall voted against Cap and Trade saying it would cost coal jobs and raise energy rates. Boucher said his Democratic colleague was wrong.
Boucher explained the need to reduce greenhouse gases and that the Environmental Protection Agency was getting ready to regulate. “The EPA does not have the tools to protect coal and coal miners and to protect our coal economy and protect our electricity consumers,” said Boucher. He said that coal leaders came to him and asked that he negotiate for them. All the utilities endorsed the policy once he made changes to protect them.
Griffith said, “absolutely I disagree with it – Governor Manchin (Joe Manchin Governor of West Virginia a Democrat) put that bill up on a tree and shot the thing.” He added that electric rates would “go through the roof … kill coal jobs … kill manufacturing jobs.”
I wonder what he is insinuating Griffith is full of do you suppose?