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Monday, January 19, 2015

CHP Holder Privacy Bill Reported out of Senate Courts

Senator Richard Stuart's SB948 reported out of Senate Courts this morning on a vote of 10-4.  SB948 provides that information on concealed handgun holders in the Virginia Criminal Information Network may not be shared with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia for the carrying of concealed handguns.   This bill will prevent states like New Jersey and Maryland, states that are very unfriendly to gun owners, from going on fishing expeditions in the event they involved in a routine traffic stop.

During discussion of the bill it was learned that the Fraternal Order of Police opposes the bill.  Senator Saslaw, apparently a spokesman for the Governor, said if the bill passes, Governor Terry McAuliffe would veto it.  The bill should be voted on passage Wednesday.  Please contact your state senator and urge him or her to support SB 948.  You can find you legislator by clicking here.

Voting to protect your privacy were: Obenshain, Edwards, Puller, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin

Voting against your privacy were: Saslaw, Howell, Lucas, McEachin.

The surprise in this vote was that the usually anti-rights Senator Puller voted for advancing the bill.

When contacting your Senator, please also contact the senators above who voted to report the bill and thank them for their vote.

Watch today's Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company at approximately 5:20 for more about this and other legislative news of interest to Virginia Gun owners.

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