Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- The first time I saw the State Police lobbying for gun control was during the Kaine Administration, when the Colonel personally addressed the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety full committee in favor of a bill to close the non-existent “gun show loophole.”
There was no doubt then that Kaine had ordered the Colonel to do that and the Colonel had no choice in the matter.
During the McDonnell Administration, the State Police stayed neutral, only offering technical assistance to committee when asked for it. THAT is how it should be.
But with the McAuliffe Administration it is now worse than ever! On virtually every pro-gun bill, the State Police representative speaks against the bill and on every anti-gun bill the representative speaks for the bill.
Late last year, the State Police suddenly decided to reinterpret laws dealing with gun shows that would have put a massive burden on gun shows and would have taken away the privacy of gun show attendees.
Fortunately, after some push back, the State Police dropped that effort.
The State Police are not even close to being impartial any more. I understand that the State Police work for the Governor and has to do what they are told.
But the net effect is that now they are just another set of political hacks with an agenda.
I am NOT talking about the rank-and-file at all. They continue to do a great job enforcing laws and we rarely run into any negative issues with them.
I AM talking about the leadership of the State Police.
You’ll love this one: the current Administration is doubling-down and Delegate Gilbert called them out on it at Friday’s Militia, Police, and Public Safety committee hearing!
During the hearing, the State Police spoke against Delegate Ware’s bill that would honor all other CHPs and get our permits recognized by Georgia, New Hampshire, and Colorado.
No sooner had Governor McAuliffe’s state police spokesman sat down, then here comes a representative of the Virginia Public Safety and Homeland Security department. She says that her department agrees with the State Police.
At this point, Gilbert has had enough.
He asks the Public Safety rep, “Isn’t it true that your department TELLS the Virginia State Police what policies they will have?”
The rep looks confused and uncomfortable all of a sudden. She quietly says, “Yes.”
“So you order the State Police to take a position in front of the committee and then you come up here and say you are in agreement with the State Police, which means you are in agreement with your own position?”
The rep was clearly not very happy as she walked away from the podium.
When Gilbert is on his game, you really don’t want to be on the other side. 😉
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