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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Militia & Police Subcommittee 1 Meeting Results

This evening, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 took action on three bills of importance to gun owners. During their meeting the subcommittee unanimously passed both Senate Bill 245, the update to Virginia's Emergency Powers statute,  and Senate Bill 563 a bill that streamlines the concealed handgun permit application process. Both SB 245 and SB 563 will now be considered by the full House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tomorrow morning.

In another act supported by pro-gun advocates, this subcommittee also decided to “carry over” until next year one of the few remaining anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 554 by a 4 to 1 vote. Sponsored by state Senator Barbara Favola (D-31), SB 554 would have created a Class 1 misdemeanor for the transportation or possession of firearms within the residence of the alleged victim by persons subject to emergency protective orders issued as a result of an assault and battery against a family or household member.

Legislation is moving quickly in both houses of the legislature as the session races to a final closing date of March 10.

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