Pro-Gun Bills Advance In The Virginia House on Thursday Feb 12th 2015

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA –-( Another good night for gun owners!

The following pro-gun bills passed out of the Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee #1 and are headed to the full committee for a vote today (Friday) morning.

SB 948, Senator Stuart, prohibits the Virginia State Police from providing Virginia concealed handgun permittee information to law enforcement in states that do not have a reciprocal licensing agreement with Virginia. This would prevent states that are hostile to gun ownership, such as Maryland, from going on “fishing trips” to find an excuse to arrest or harass Virginia concealed handgun permit holders.

SB 1130, Senator Garrett, repeals the ban on blackjacks, switchblades, ballistic knives, and throwing stars. Switchblades and ballistic knives are particularly useful to those with physical handicaps. Criminal misuse of such weapons is illegal, but mere possession should not be.

SB 1137, Senator Garrett, exempts concealed handgun permit holders from any local bans on having loaded rifles or shotguns in a vehicle on any public street, road, or highway. Currently law enforcement, military and any person who reasonably believes that a loaded rifle or shotgun is necessary for his personal safety in the course of his employment or business are exempted.

SB 1155, Senator Edwards, requires law enforcement to take reasonable steps to return a stolen gun used in a crime back to its rightful owner.

SB 1191, Senator Norment, changes the felony charge for having a firearm on school property to apply only if the person does so knowingly. This is particularly important for exclusive school events held off of school property.

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