Virginia State Agency Gun Ban Hearing – Politics At Its Worst

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Virginia State Agency Gun Ban Hearing – Politics At Its Worst
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia – -( Late last year Governor McAuliffe put into effect an “emergency” ban on the carry of firearms in state agency buildings (DMV, ABC stores, etc.), banning even those with CHPs.

What was the emergency situation that the ban was addressing? There was none.

When was the last time you heard of a shooting in a state agency building? When was the last time you heard about one of Virginia’s 421,000 CHP holders committing a violent crime?

Everything the Governor does is based on politics and its associated rhetoric. The state-agency gun-ban is just another example of McAuliffe putting politics over the SAFETY and RIGHTS of Virginia’s citizens!

The General Assembly Agreed With Virginia Citizens Defense League & Tried To Stop The Ban

Virginia Citizens Defense League urged the General Assembly to clarify that state agencies cannot have any kind of gun ban without the permission of the General Assembly. Delegate Mike Webert put in HB 1096, a state-agency preemption bill, to do just that. The bill passed the House by 65 to 33 and the Senate by 21 to 17, but did not become law because McAuliffe showed his disdain for the General Assembly and gun owners by vetoing it.

The Permanent Version Of The Gun Ban Has A Hearing On Wednesday, August 31st 2016

Emergency regulations cannot be in force forever; they have to be replaced with a “permanent” version.

Your written requests for a public hearing on the emergency regulation earlier this year worked! That’s why the Commonwealth is having a public hearing on the permanent regulation.

The hearing is next Wednesday, August 31 2016, from 10 AM to noon at:

Pocahantas Building (a block south of Capitol Square)
900 E. Main Street (northwest corner of 10th and Main)
Richmond, VA

**Carry is NOT allowed, with everyone having to go through metal detectors (McAuliffe, always the hypocrite, sure likes HIS security, doesn’t he?)**

Action Item #1: I Refuse To Roll Over! We Will Fight For Every Inch Of Ground. Let’s **Pack** The Meeting Room On Wednesday!

This is a hearing, so everyone who wants to speak will be allowed to do so. There is a sign-up sheet, with names called in the order they are on the sheet. You will have two minutes to speak. No signs are allowed, but VCDL GSL stickers will be available.

You can simply say, “I oppose this regulation.” If you wish to say more than that, here are some talking points:

  1. Where is the problem this is supposed to solve? There have been no shootings in Virginia state agency buildings and the ban on concealed carry is even more unreasonable, as CHP holders are the most law-abiding group of citizens in the Commonwealth.
  2. The Governor has no direct authority from the General Assembly to ban guns in state agency buildings. To that end, this year the General Assembly passed a bill clarifying that the Governor cannot do any type of gun control without the express permission of the General Assembly. The only reason that bill did not become law is that the Governor vetoed it! This action ignores the will of the People, as expressed through their elected representatives in the General Assembly.
  3. Since 1960, all but two of the public mass-shootings have been in gun-free-zones, like this regulation creates. This would make state-agency buildings in Virginia less secure, not more secure!

Action Item #2: We All Need To Comment On The Permanent Ban

Click here to leave your written comment opposing the permanent regulation (my comment is the first one on the list). The title should clearly state that you oppose the regulation:

The written comment period ends on October 21.

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

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.

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John Savarese
John Savarese
5 years ago

This is what the founding Fathers said gun rights were about………Categories: Arms Date: February 20, 1788 Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of… Read more »

5 years ago

They need to FEAR the public is the only way