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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gun Bills on Courts Docket Wednesday

The following bills are on the docket for Wednesday afternoon's Senate Courts Committee meeting. The bills may or may not be taken up depending on the order the bills are taken and the amount of time the committee alots but the bills on the docket are:

S.B. 1035 - Hanger - Repeals the ban on carrying concealed in restaurants that serve alcohol. A person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of a restaurant or club shall inform a designated employee of the restaurant or club of that fact. A person who consumes alcohol in violation of the provisions of the bill is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor and a person who becomes intoxicated in violation of the provisions of the bill is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. VSSA supports this bill.

S.B. 1528 - Cuccinelli - Provides that the completion of a firearms training or safety course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor may be done electronically or on-line. VSSA supports this bill

S.B. 1385 - Stolle - Requires gun show promoters to arrange and pay for a law-enforcement officer from the Department of State Police to be present at all times during a firearms show. Also federalizes the State Police by allowing the Superintendent of State Police to enter into agreements with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to grant the Department of State Police federal law-enforcement authority for the purposes of enforcing firearms laws of the United States. VSSA opposes this bill.

S.B. 1396 - Norment - Allows designated law-enforcement officers to purchase their service handgun for $1 if they are receiving disability payments for a service-incurred disability with no expectation of returning to their former employment. VSSA does not oppose this bill.

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