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Virginia ALERT: Legislative Update 1/22/16 – Good Day for Gun Owners!

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Article first appeared at Ammoland.com

Ammoland – Important pro-gun bills advanced in the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety subcommittee #1 on Thursday.

Those that passed will head to the full committee next week.  Remember that you can keep track of the progress of gun bills using the VCDL Legislative Tracking System on VCDL’s website:

BILLS PASSING OUT OF SUBCOMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY:

  • HB 206, Delegate Webert, STRONGLY SUPPORT, eliminates the requirement for a second form of ID when purchasing a firearm.
  • HB 766, Delegate Gilbert, STRONGLY SUPPORT, a protective order will act as a CHP while the order is in effect.
  • HB 810, Delegate Lingamfelter, STRONGLY SUPPORT, removes the requirement to show proof of citizenship to purchase an “assault firearm.”

BILLS PASSING OUT OF SUBCOMMITTEE BY A 4 TO 1 VOTE:

  • HB 90, Delegate Taylor, STRONGLY SUPPORT, allows Virginia National Guard members with CHPs to carry at National Guard facilities.
  • HB 382, Delegate Fowler, STRONGLY SUPPORT, allows a state agency employee to store a firearm in their private locked vehicle while at work.
  • HB 1096, Delegate Webert, STRONGLY SUPPORT, state-agency preemption bill.
  • HB 1107, Delegate Lingamfelter, SUPPORT, reinstates recognition of all out-of-state CHPs that were accepted on or before 12/1/2015.  It also requires the Crime Commission to study all other states and compare their CHP laws with Virginia.  HB 1163 is a better bill.
  • HB 1163, Delegate Webert, STRONGLY SUPPORT, honors permits from all other states.  Best of the bills in this category.
  • HB 1201, Delegate Bob Marshall, SUPPORT, reinstates recognition of out-of-state CHPs that were accepted before 11/1/2015 and requires the State Police to reinstate any broken agreements with other states.  HB 1163 is a better bill.

BILLS THAT WERE KILLED/WITHDRAWN:

  • HB 593, Delegate Bob Marshall, STRONGLY SUPPORT, clarifies that state agencies do NOT have the power to ban the carry of concealed handguns by CHP holders.  Overrides Governor’s recent state agency gun ban.  Killed because HB 1096 is a better version.
  • HB 840, Delegate Webert, STRONGLY SUPPORT, allows Virginia National Guard members with CHPs to carry at National Guard facilities.  Withdrawn because HB 90 is similar.
  • HB 273, Delegate LaRock, STRONGLY SUPPORT,  same as HB 206. Withdrawn because HB 206 is the same.

BILLS THAT WERE ROLLED INTO OTHER BILLS:

  • HB 12, Delegate Ware, STRONGLY SUPPORT, honors permits from all other states.  Rolled into HB 1163, a better version of the bill.
  • HB 119, Delegate Webert, STRONGLY SUPPORT, same bill as HB 90.  Rolled into HB 90.

BILLS THAT ARE CARRIED OVER TO NEXT THURSDAY:

  • HB 784, Delegate Adams, SUPPORT, a person who serves in the military honorably can have juvenile felonies set aside for purposes of owning firearms.

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.

For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.

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