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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SB436 and SB476 Move to House Floor Today

On Monday, February 18, the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee passed two critically important self-defense measures. SB436 , sponsored by State Senator Jill Vogel (R-27), passed by a vote of 17-4 and will allow law-abiding, non-concealed carry permit holders to store a handgun in a locked compartment or container in their personal vehicles or boats.

Another important bill, SB476, authored by State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24), will allow restaurant owners to decide if they will allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry a firearm for self-defense in their restaurants. SB476 passed by a vote of 16-5.Both of these bills represent significant advances in an ongoing effort to protect and enhance Virginia’s self-defense statutes.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, anti-gun Governor Tim Kaine trotted out the Virginia State Police and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to oppose these bills in committee. Expect a full court lobbying press by Kaine's forces and the gun ban lobby to topedo these bills in the full House.

These bills will likely be considered by the full House in the very near future, and will likely face their first test today. Please contact your Delegate and strongly encourage him or her to protect your right to self-defense by supporting and voting for SB436 and SB476! You can find their contact information by clicking here.

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