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Thursday, May 17, 2012

@NPRNews Must Be Reading @TimKaine Talking Points

The NPR Web Site has an article titled  "Tale of the Tape: Ex-Governor's Duke it Out in Virginia" discussing the Virginia U.S. Senate race between former U.S. Senator and Governor George Allen and former Governor Tim Kaine.  It starts with a blurb about the race then gives a side by side comparison on the issues. Here is what they have for Tim Kaine on the issue of "Guns":
Supports gun owners rights. After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, as governor he advocated gun limits including preventing felons and the mentally ill from purchasing weapons.
It should be noted they did at least list under "Dumb Move" that Kaine used taxpayer funds to send buses of gun ban advocates to the 2000 "Million Mom March."

Here is a look at Kaine's record on Second Amendment legislation while governor:

Kaine is no friend to gun owners.  While he signed some legislation supported by gun owners when he was governor, he twice vetoed legislation to allow carrying concealed handguns in restaurants like Applebees and Olive Garden that serve alcohol in addition to food.  He also vetoed legislation that would have allowed a person who may lawfully possess a firearm to carry a handgun in a private motor vehicle or boat if the handgun is locked in a container or compartment.  Both pieces of legislation were later signed into law by Governor McDonnell.

Kaine also vetoed legislation that would have allowed active duty service members of the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard to purchase more than one handgun within a 30-day period, legislation that would have required localities operating compensated confiscation schemes (so-called gun buy-backs) to sell by public auction, or sealed bids, to a person licensed as a dealer, any firearms acquired through the schemes.
 
Kaine vetoed legislation that made it clear that the training required to apply for a concealed handgun permit could be completed online or other electronic format.  Fortunately, the House and Senate overrode that veto.

This year, Kaine was quoted in RVA News saying this after the passage of handgun rationing:
I am very disappointed in the General Assembly’s actions toward repeal of one of Gov. Doug Wilder’s signature achievements,” said Tim Kaine, another previous governor. Kaine is now the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

“I strongly urge Gov. McDonnell to veto this legislation and urge all of Virginia’s leaders in Richmond to renew their commitment to a focus on jobs and the economy,” Kaine said.
McDonnell has indicated that he would sign the repeal measure.
NPR should look beyond what a candidate puts on his website and look at his record when detailing where they stand an issue.

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