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
SCLC member and officials march over MLK bridge Sunday.
On Sunday March 7, 1965 over 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma Alabama on U.S. Route 80 to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They were met by local law enforcement with billy clubs and tear gas driving them back into Selma.
Ruling in favor of the demonstrators District Court Judge Frank Johnson, Jr. said “the law is clear that the right to petition one’s government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups.” Following the ruling 25,000 marchers arrived at the capitol. Less then five months after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This past Sunday the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference walked in silence across Roanoke’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge.
President Emeritus Perneller Chubb-Wilson spoke of the horror of that day and admonished those who fail to exercise their freedom to vote today. She referenced the poor turnout for Tuesday’s Democratic primary and apathy of the electorate. Wilson said, “people died for the right to vote.”
All candidates for Roanoke City Council attended the proceedings. Mayor David Bowers and Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea spoke to the small gathering. Incumbent council member Dave Trinkle along with Democratic candidates Bill Bestpitch, Ray Ferris and Republican candidates Tony Walker, Colonel Robert Craig and Independent Carl Cooper were in attendance.
Posted By Valerie Garner
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