March 5, 2014 Leave a comment
It was brought to my attention that our new governor, Terry McAuliffe, is trying to insert anti-gun amendments into House Bill 962. Back in January, McAuliffe’s first attempt to undermine the Second Amendment was thwarted by Republicans in the House of Delegates.
HB 962 “provides that for purposes of the exception to the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon if it is in a secured container or compartment in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel, the term “compartment” includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed. The bill also provides that the term “secured” does not require that a container or compartment be locked, but merely closed.”
Concealed carry law in Virginia says a concealed handgun permit “is not necessary when carrying a handgun while in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel. The term “secured” as used does not require the compartment to be locked.” McAuliffe’s amendments would undermine current law in place.
Virginia Citizens Defense League has a great tool to write delegates and pressure them to reject McAuliffe’s amendments to a law already in the books. Here’s the text that is sent out to one’s respective delegate upon completion of the application:
As a constituent I urge you to REJECT Governor McAuliffe’s suggested amendments to HB 962!
HB 962 is Delegate Cline’s bill that clarifies the current law both as interpreted by an Attorney General’s opinion and as established in case law. HB 962 makes it clear that a person without a concealed handgun permit can lawfully store a loaded gun in a CLOSED, but not necessarily LOCKED, compartment or container in a vehicle or vessel.
HB 962 should not be controversial, as it is merely a clarification to prevent more false arrests because the police and magistrates are misreading current law.
The Governor’s amendments wouldn’t clarify current law, but would CHANGE it completely by requiring that the compartment or container be LOCKED. That reduces the usefulness of a handgun in an emergency situation and was not the intent of the General Assembly when the law was passed.
Please let me know how you are going to vote on this bill.
Write your delegates here.
Fellow Virginia voters: Make sure you write your delegates and urge them to reject McAuliffe’s amendments to HB962. If people in uber liberal Connecticut are fighting to keep their guns, we shouldn’t capitulate either.
Keep calm and CARRY on!