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
Virginia State Senator John Edwards
In a phone call with Senator John Edwards Friday he said that, “there are only three other states in the whole country that actually do this.”
This morning the Senate continued HB 778 to 2011. The House passed HB 778 on a 86 to 13 vote. The bill would have require the Clerk of the House and the Clerk of the Senate to post on the legislative electronic information system (LIS) the recorded committee, subcommittee, and floor votes of each member of the General Assembly on legislation acted upon in each house.
A citizen could look up by representative to see how they voted rather than having to look at each individual bill either in the House or Senate.
Edwards did not second Phillip Puckett’s (D-Tazewell) motion to report the bill from the Rules sub-committee to the full committee. Puckett has “changed his position” since he made the motion said Edwards.
According to Edwards the Clerk of the Senate, Susan Schaar said this would take substantial staff time to comply with such a bill. In any case Edwards said the House could do this on their own administratively saying “you don’t need a bill … it sounded like the House was trying to tell the Senate how to run its own affairs.”
The Senate has its own website internally explained Edwards that is not available to the public. Edwards wondered why anyone would “want to look at the whole list” of bills and “aren’t people just interested in looking at one bill at a time.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics