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
With the Senate redistricting plan finalized Thursday night and the governor prepared to sign it Republican Senator Ralph Smith looks to be the odd man out.
Not so fast says a source who adamantly declared that “it is primary time for Smith.”
Speculation was that Smith would not go down without a fight. Some thought he would challenge Democrat John Edwards in the 21st district.
Why the Republicans in the Senate threw Smith off the bridge we may never know. It is probably more of a survival of the fittest. A sigh of relief, a “phew it’s not me” and a “sorry about that” for Smith.
The Senator who moved to Botetourt to challenge Brandon Bell in a Republican primary looks set to move again. Smith has repeatedly hinted that he is “flexible” and can “move about easily” if he has to.
There was no doubt from the source close to the “simmering showdown” that Smith will challenge Bill Stanley in a primary.
Stanley’s district has spread all over the place. It is unclear if Smith has property anywhere in Stanley’s enlarge 19th district. The reasoning behind Smith’s choice is said to be that his supporters and constituents are now being gobbled up in Stanley’s 19th district.
Will Senator Smith have the last laugh?
Senate Districts - 21st John Edwards and 19th Bill Stanley
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Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Election 2011, Elections, republican