Virginia's Morgan Griffith up to Old Tricks To Avoid Pro Gun Bills
Virginia –-(AmmoLand.com)- Republican Majority Leader Morgan Griffith is up to his old tricks of hiding behind procedure to avoid having to fight for our liberties.
He claims he cannot substitute the HB 69, the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act, for SB501 because “it is not germane”.
Don't be fooled! It is germane if the Speaker says it is germaine.
Both bills deal with the same Code of Virginia and are about firearms.
Last year when Delegate Athey tried to amend a bill exempting military personnel from the one gun-a-month rule by making the exemption apply to all law abiding citizens Morgan Griffith supported the Speaker in ruling Athey's amendment not to be germaine.
But the treachery does not end there.
When Morgan Griffith and Speaker Howell wanted to attack our liberties they are willing to find all sorts of things to be germane
In fact, the abomination transportation bill of 2007 called HB 3202 clearly violated the single object rule of the Virginia Constitution. It had everything in it from land use, VDOT reform, retroactive abuser fees, establishment of regional transportation authorities to tax us without representation and more. Morgan Griffith supported Speaker Howell in call this “germane” under the single object rule because it all fell under the umbrella of transportation.
All you and I are trying to do is amend a bill that deals with firearms out of the exact same section of the Virginia Code. This is not a stretch at all.
HB 69 is clearly germane to SB 501.
It is time that gun owners started telling the politicians what is germane not letting them tell us what is germane.
Why is it that when anti-gun Democrats want to fight to destroy liberty they are willing to flagrantly violate the Senate rule that says sub-committees cannot kill legislation but can only recommend actions to the full committee.
It is because they have spine for their beliefs. You and I need politicians with spine for our beliefs.
Please email Morgan Griffith AGAIN at [email protected]
It is critical that we continue to build the pressure.
And please consider a donation. This required a special trip on my part to Richmond and that cost money.
And, it will cost money to continue to mobilize.
Sample Letter to cut and paste: ————————————————————————
Dear Republican Majority Leader Morgan Griffith,
After reviewing your actions as to what is germane in regard to HB 3202 in 2007 and the one gun-a-month bill in 2009 I am even more convinced that what is germane is what the Speaker rules to be germane.
You are the Majority Leader and running for Congress.
It is time to stand up and be a leader.
If you cannot stand up to the federal government in the state legislature, how do you expect anyone in the 9th district to think you will stand up for our liberties as a congressman?
Please amend SB 501 with HB 69.
Please tell me what you intend to do.
YOUR NAME HERE
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