Friday, March 27, 2015

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Protecting Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

As expected, today Governor Terry McAuliffe two firearm related bills, including one that would have prevented law enforcement in states that do not have concealed permit reciprocity with Virginia from having access to the information on those permits. From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
The vetoes, detailed Wednesday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, include a rejection of several gun bills that would have let concealed handgun permit holders drive with loaded shotguns or rifles in their vehicles, and would have prevented the state from sharing permit holder information with any other state that does not have a firearms reciprocity agreement with Virginia.
The bill protecting concealed handgun permit holder information, SB948, in no way endangers law enforcement.  In fact, there is evidence that concealed carry permit holders are some of the most law abiding people in the nation.  All this bill does is protect Virginia CHP holders from fishing expeditions that law enforcement in states like Maryland and New Jersey typically take when they learn someone they stop for routine traffic violations is a gun owner and concealed carry permit holder.

The other bill he vetoed is Senator Tom Garrett's bill (SB1137) that would allow concealed handgun permit holders to have a loaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicle.

The General Assembly will take up the Governor's vetoes and amendments on April 15.  Be sure to contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote to override Governor McAuliffe's vetoes on SB948 and SB1137.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Second Gun Bill Likely to Be Vetoed by McAuliffe

The Washington Post reports that another gun related bill is likely to be vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
McAuliffe is also expected to veto several bills intended to expand gun rights, including one that would allow anyone who holds a concealed handgun permit to transport a loaded shotgun or rifle in a car on any public roadway.
The bill mentioned by the Post is SB1137 sponsored by State Senator Tom Garrett.  Governor McAuliffe told WRVA today that he will hold a news conference Friday to announce all of his vetoes and amendments.  Check this blog tomorrow for more information related to the remaining pro-rights bill awaiting action by the Governor.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

McAuliffe May Veto at Least One Gun Bill

The Times Dispatch reports this morning that among the bills on Governor McAuliffe's possible veto list is a bill that let felons who had served their time and had their rights restored in other states, possess firearms in Virginia.  HB 2286, which was sponsored by Delegate Michael Webert, passed the House 65-35.  It passed the Senate on a vote of 24-16.  If vetoed, it would take 27 votes in the Senate to override it.  Governor McAuliffe has until midnight Sunday to complete his action on legislation.  The General Assembly reconvenes on April 15 for a one day session to take the Governor's amendments and vetoes.

I had the chance to talk with Cam Edwards of Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company about the gun bills that have been signed and what's left.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gun Free Zone Documentary Debuts April 1

The topic of “gun-free zones” and campus carry is facing the glare of the national spotlight with lawmakers in 10 states promoting bills to permit licensed carriers who are 21 or older to bring their firearms on college campuses. Safety/security (sexual assault and mass shootings) and constitutional-rights concerns are driving the discussion.  So it is timely that the Outdoor Channel's Safe Haven Documentary hosted by Fox News contributor and Townhall news editor Katie Pavlich debut's April 1.
According to the Outdoor Channel media release:
"Safe Haven" takes a critical look at the history of gun-free zones in the United States and their effect on crime prevention through a series of interviews with law enforcement, industry experts and survivors, among others. The documentary explores how effective, or perhaps ineffective, these gun-free measures have been and offers possible solutions that would better protects schools, businesses and the public at large.
The program airs at 4:30 ET on April 1.

Restaurants Where You Can Carry In Nashville During the NRA Annual Meeting

For those who will be attending the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Nashville in April, Dr. John Lott's Crime Prevention Research Center interviewed restaurant managers to determine which venues would welcome patrons carrying concealed.  The post has a list of restaurants that post "no firearms" signs and those that don't.  One restaurant had NRA decals in the window.  I guess it's safe to say gun owners carrying are welcome there.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Christian Science Monitor: Departure of ATF Chief Victory for Gun Rights Groups

The Christian Science Monitor has this story on the announced resignation of ATF Director B. Todd Jones:
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has never been a favorite with gun rights groups or their champions on Capitol Hill. To put it mildly.

The departure of ATF Director B. Todd Jones this week was “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector,” as the official announcement declared – reportedly to a newly-created senior position with the National Football League (NFL).

But the real reason Mr. Jones’ tenure at the controversial ATF finally came to an end had to do with an attempt to ban certain armor-piercing bullets used in AR-15 assault-style weapons. For the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-gun groups, controlling ammunition is just as objectionable as regulating gun ownership.
The announcement was applauded by pro-rights advocates from the NRA to House Judiciary Chairman and Virginia 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  At least one anti-rights Democrat also piled on Jones:
“This was sloppily handled and as a result the outcome was surprising, disappointing and even confusing,” Rep. Steve Israel, (D) of New York, told The Hill newspaper. “I hope under the new leadership the ATF can have a more transparent and responsive process.”
Our opponents in Congress want to pick up where Jones left off however.  Israel is backing legislation that would prohibit all forms of so-called "armor-piercing ammunition."   On the pro-rights side, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, (R) of Wisconsin, is pushing legislation that would eliminate ATF.

Friday, March 20, 2015

VSSA Affiliated Club Spends Quality Time with National and World Champion Shooter Julie Golob

National and World Champion Shooter and Team Smith and Wesson member Julie Golob was in Virginia Beach recently shooting a commercial for Federal Premium at Colonial Shooting Academy's Virginia Beach location. While she was there, she spent some quality time with VSSA Affiliated Club 757 Ladies Packing Heat:
Julie is the most successful female shooter to ever compete in Practical Shooting. I've had the opportunity to speak with her at NRA Annual Meetings in St. Louis and Indianapolis and she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  She is also a strong advocate for firearm safety.

Thanks to 757 Ladies Packing Heat's Kathie Gerber for passing along the video.

ATF Director First Casualty of Ammo Ban Fiasco

The Hill reports that ATF Director B. Todd Jones is resigning following the fiasco that led to the agency temporarily pulling the "green tip" ammo ban proposal:
Jones, who in July 2013 became the first ATF director to be confirmed by the Senate, is departing shortly after the agency dropped a controversial attempt to ban certain armor-piercing bullets used in AR-15 rifles.

The episode was the latest in a series of flaps that has put the Obama administration's ATF at odds with many congressional Republicans. In recent weeks, GOP lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to tamp down on the agency's authority — and to abolish the ATF altogether.

Attorney General Eric Holder lauded Jones for his service and "groundbreaking" law enforcement initiatives, including an effort to strengthen ballistic imaging technology that recently played a critical role in the investigation of the shooting of two police officers.
Townhall's Katie Pavlich had a great idea on the subject when she posted this comment on Twitter:

Governor McAuliffe Signs Two Pro-rights Bills

Governor McAuliffe has signed Senator Tommy Norment's SB1191 and Delegate Buddy Fowler's HB1666

SB1191 amends the statute that makes it a crime to possess a firearm, stun weapon, knife, or certain other weapons on school property by requiring that the person knowingly possess the firearm or other weapon before they can be charged.

HB1666 permits a nonresident of the Commonwealth prohibited from possessing a firearm, ammunition, or a stun weapon because of a felony conviction or a juvenile adjudication of delinquency of certain offenses to petition the circuit court where his last felony conviction or adjudication of delinquency occurred for restoration of his right to possess, transport, or carry a firearm, ammunition, or a stun weapon. Current law does not provide for venue for a nonresident's restoration petition.

Governor McAuliffe has until March 30 to act on the remaining bills on his desk.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Crime Prevention Research Center Event at NRA Annual Meetings

Dr. John Lott's Crime Prevention Research Center is holding two events in conjuction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville on April 10 and 11th.  Confirmed special guests include Katie Pavlich and Dana Loesch, among others:
On Friday, April 10th, the Crime Prevention Research Center will be having Desserts and Coffee/Tea at the Hilton Nashville Downtown from 6 to 9 PM.  For those attending the Dessert and Coffee/Tea from 6:45 to 9, the cost is $50.  For those attending both the dessert and the much smaller stand up dinner, the cost is $200.  The Hilton is adjacent to the Nashville Convention Center, which will be hosting the NRA National Convention at that time.  On Saturday, April 11th, you have a chance to go shooting with your favorite celebrity at Tennessee’s 5-star range, The Nashville Armory (just a 12-minute car ride from the Hilton).  The event will go from 8:30 to 10 AM. Funds from the event will be used to finance the Crime Prevention Research Center.
If you plan to be in Nashville for the Annual meeting, you may want to RSVP for this event

Looks Like That Ban on Firearms in Post Offices Really Works - Not!

From CBS 6:

Post Offices are among federal buildings where firearms are not allowed inside.