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Saturday, January 24, 2015

State Senate Passes Two Pro-Rights Bills

Yesterday, the State Senate approved two bills of interest to gun owners.  First was SB848, the Governor's Twenty marksmanship award.  SB 848 establishes the "Governor's Twenty" marksmanship award to recognize the top 20 competitors in each of the rifle and pistol matches conducted at the annual Virginia State Championships conducted by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association.   The bill passed 40-0.

Also approved yesterday was SB 948, Senator Stuarts bill that prohibits the Virginia Criminal Information Network from sharing information about Virginia CHP holders with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia.  This bill will prevents states like Maryland and New Jersey from going on fishing expeditions if a Virginian is simply stopped for routine traffic violations and the law enforcement agency that stopped them learned they have concealed handgun permits.  SB 948 passed 24-19 with three Democrats, Senator John Edwards, Senator Charles "Chuck" Colgan and Senator Linwood Lewis, joining all 21 Republicans.  During committee hearing of the bill, anti-rights State Senator Dick Saslaw said the Governor would veto the bill if it reached his desk.  We'll see.

Both bills now move to the House of Delegates.

Please contact your state Senator and thank them for voting for SB 848, and if they voted for SB 948, please let them know you appreciate their vote for that too.

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