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
The troubadour paid a satirical visit to the Reagan Dinner fundraiser Saturday night. The headliner was Lt. Governor Bill Bolling but Steve Mabry stole the show with his troubadour roast of Gwen Mason.
The Roanoke city Councilwoman ran for retiring William Fralin’s seat for the 17th District against Republican Bill Cleaveland. Cleaveland won handily and Mabry his campaign manager could not resist.
Introducing the clip Mabry referred to Mason as a liberal activist and Democrat by DNA. “She actually worked for Hillary Clinton,” quipped Mabry. He said during the campaign however “she aligned herself with everything that Bill Cleaveland stood for … to convince us of how conservative she was.”
What is stranger thought several Republicans was that Mason is supporting Ray Ferris running for city council as a Democrat. Ferris hosted a fundraiser for Cleaveland with contributions totaling $500. Ferris voted in the Republican primary where Cleaveland prevailed over the other four Republicans vying for the nomination.
The troubadour just happened to come by so listen to him here ….