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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Good News on Repeal of Restaurant Ban

The Senate this afternoon approved the House amendments to SB1035, Senator Hanger's repeal of the Restaurant Ban on a vote of 22Y - 16N. This means the bill now starts the path to the Governor's desk for his consideration.

WRVA AM1140 reported today that debate on the bill continued today, even though the bill cleared the House yesterday. Delegate "Fightin" Joe Morrissey (D-Henrico) prompted the debate, upset he did not get a say during the vote yesterday. According to WRVA, Morrissey said even pro-gun states like Montana do not allow guns in bars. Morrissey cited examples where these permits had been revoked. However, Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), suggested Morrissey just wants to ban guns. Gilbert said the bill would allow, for example, women who have the permit to continue to feel protected, even inside a restaurant.

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