Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- In the fight to create good legislation, we decided there had to be two permits if we went with a lifetime concealed handgun permit in Virginia:
1. A lifetime permit, that would still require a NICS check if a holder purchased a firearm, and
2. Our current five-year permit, which would include a NICS check during the application process, but which could be used to purchase a firearm without needing a NICS check
The State Police are saying that there would be a large fiscal impact on the lifetime permit (which we dispute), and Senator Dick Black's lifetime permit bill is going to die in the Senate Finance committee for lack of funds. The House version of the bill introduced by Delegate Campbell was also killed this year for similar reasons.
I expect the effort to get a lifetime CHP will continue next year.
On the misdemeanor domestic violence front, it turns out that the Courts have ruled that for a person to get their gun rights back after a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence, the state has to first take away the person's gun rights and OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS and then restore all of those rights.
Basically, the misdemeanor has to be treated like a felony. Thus, the bills that purported to restore a person's gun rights after taking them away at the state level, WILL NOT WORK AS ADVERTISED.
Thus, Senator Favola's SB 943 is a completely bad bill and I expect it to die in the Senate.
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit: www.vcdl.org