Virginia’s Legislative Session Ends with Historic Pro-Gun Legislation

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Virginia’s Legislative Session Ends with Historic Pro-Gun Legislation
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -( The 2016 Virginia Legislative Session has come to a close and included the passage of historic firearm legislation.

On February 26 2016, legislation was signed into law to address the Attorney General’s arbitrary cancellation of concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states.

House Bill 1163 and Senate Bill 610, patroned by Delegate Michael Webert (R-18) and state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), will recognize all valid out-of-state concealed carry permits.  This legislation will also require the Virginia State Police to enter into reciprocal agreements with certain states so they will recognize Virginia’s concealed carry permit.

Virginia’s new total recognition law will go into effect on July 1, 2016.

Last week, the Governor’s proposed amendments for Senate Bill 626 and House Bill 766 were rejected and the bills were sent back to the Governor’s desk for his final consideration.  Governor McAuliffe’s recommendations would have completely negated the intended purpose of the bills.  Patroned by state Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15), SB 626 /HB 766 would allow the petitioner of a protective order to temporarily conceal carry without a permit, thus affording them immediate self-defense options while waiting for their carry permit to be approved.  Senate Bill 626 and House Bill 766 are now heading back to the Governor’s desk in their original form.

House Bill 1096 also heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.  Patroned by Delegate Michael Webert (R-18), HB 1096 would prohibit any state entity from adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation, policy, or administrative action governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combinations thereof unless expressly authorized by statute.  The bill invalidates any such rule, regulation, policy, or administrative action adopted by a state entity prior to July 1, 2016.

Thank you to the NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their lawmakers this session.  Your NRA will continue to keep you informed of all legislation and will fight for your Second Amendment rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia!

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

  • 15 thoughts on “Virginia’s Legislative Session Ends with Historic Pro-Gun Legislation

    1. Me hace sumamente feliz este resultado,porque expresa la voluntad histórica de un pueblo adulto,conocedor de
      sus derechos y respetuoso de las leyes por encima de la arbitraria determinación de cancelar los permisos y des
      conocer la tradición de un pueblo,que forjó su presente sabiendo hacer buen uso de su tecnología y aprendizaje

    2. This was the most bizarre chain of events. Attorney Gen takes concealed carry reciprocity rights away, gun lobby goes to work, pro gun folks go nuts and Governor pulls back and makes deal. You have to wonder what exactly just happened. One thing is for sure. If the people unite together over a cause they care passionatly about they can win. McCauliff I’d a very anti gun governor and he alienated bloombergs MDA after just dumping millions in the election. I guess he figured out that gun control is not a good campaign promise.

      1. Get into the fine details of this agreement, wait a year, maybe two and then let’s see if it was really such a great deal.

      2. McAuliffe was certain (the anti-gun advisors assured him) that he and the AG could get away with these acts. This is the first time McAuliffe has met the VCDL and the legislature head-on. He got a very rude awakening. He suddenly realized that if he was to ever get a piece of legislation passed again, he would have to deal and deal big, with his hat in hand. Bloomberg saw his millions spent on gun control in Virginia, get pissed down the drain.
        Will they try again? Of course! And we’ll be right there, ready to fight for every inch.
        What’s next? Constitutional Carry, greatly improved law on ‘brandishing’ and repealing of McAuliffe’s ban on carry in admin buildings..

      1. Virginia law enforcement will have no choice. It is now in law, with explicit language that says –ALL– CCW permits/licenses will be honored. After July 1, 2016 come on up & carry open or concealed!

    3. I trust “those people” (dems) just as far as I can throw the Brooklyn Bridge! Liars, thieves, and skunks ALL!

      1. Dems are not all bad , Just the ones that prescribe to HRC’s PROGRESSIVE mantle. We have a bunch of those Progs in the RNC also. The big winner in the political season this year is one leg of the three legged stool and that is media. Now the big guns will come into play. Big Government vs Big Business. If you think MMA gets bloody just hold onto you hats.

    4. If this sort of thing could happen in Va. Perhaps the N.R.A. would be willing to help the oppressed people of Communist, anti-gun Mass. They certainly are always willing to accept our dues money! More importantly just look at the new Bill in California!!! I hope everybody in this country donates at least something to stop this crazy outrageous Bill! Then help the honest gun owners of Mass.
      Jeff Dusti

    5. This happened because the Virginia Citizens Defense League ( will not allow unconstitutional gun laws come to fruition in the Communistwealth of Virginia.

    6. To Ben from Jeff Dusti
      Ben I couldn’t agree with you any more if I tried! You are right, and please don’t ask me how these parasites in office got voted in. I certainly did not vote for the scum that fills that sewage treatment plant in Boston that they call a state house. You have no idea what kind of people are there! It will take forever to clean house. They try there hardest to just copy laws in other states like Cal. NY N-Jersey etc. The NRA knows it is like trying to piss up a rope in this state. You know, where it all began!

    7. To John from Jeff D.
      My wife and I are members of Goal, and the nra and we contribute money to both as well as Comm 2-A ! We have been members for over 10 years and I talk to Jim Wallace once in a while. He had a surgery go bad last year as you probably already knew since you lead me to believe your a member! Jim is a nice guy and a politician!! He knows how to side step direct questions brilliantly. Let me ask you 1 of my questions I had for Jim. When asked why goal has not attacked the violent crimes act of 1998 he says that Goal did. Does that mean they took no for an answer and moved on to something easier , because nobody I know has any knowledge of Goal even trying. If they did, it must have been some big secret or something. Since the law is so unfair and I believe as well as several lawyers I’m affiliated with that the law is unconstitutional, I would think Goal and the NRA would fight it relentlessly so thousands of people who once had a license could get it back! I said 1 that’s it!
      respectfully! Jeff D. PS I think Mr. DE Leo is a hot dog swallower! OK

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