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Monday, March 10, 2014

What Happens Next for House Bill 962 on Concealed Handgun in Car

Friday, the House of Delegates rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe's anti-selfdefense amendment to Delegate Ben Cline's bill that clarified that the term closed container in the code section related to storying a loaded handgun in a vehicle or boat does not mean a "locked" container. McAuliffe amended the bill to have just the opposite effect. The House rejected the amendment. Roanoke's WDBJ TV 7 had the story. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
If the Governor decides to veto the bill and both chambers do not override the veto, there will be no harm as the bill was just a clarifying piece of legislation. It will mean that the handful of jurisdictions who don't know the law may still cause some short term inconvenience to some gun owners. HB962 was intended to fix that. However, it is already lawful to keep your firearm in an unlocked container in your car, truck or boat.

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