Warner (D-Va.), who supported a similar measure in 2013 and whose support for gun control initiatives has fluctuated over the past several years, said in a statement Wednesday he'd been moved to oppose the bill in light of the numerous mass shootings occurring in recent years in the U.S.Prior to 2001, Warner opposed Virginia's efforts to pass "shall issue" concealed carry, among other gun ban policies he supported. When he ran for Governor in 2001 he did an about face in an effort to keep the NRA from endorsing his Republican opponent. As Governor, he signed 17 substiative pro-rights bills and did not veto any pro-rights legislation.
"With the tragic rate of gun violence today, I simply cannot support efforts to further weaken our nation’s gun laws," Warner said. "That includes renewed efforts this Congress to relax the standards for issuing concealed carry permits or to establish a national system that would further erode state-level concealed carry standards."
But since 2012, he has slowly crept back to his old positions. He supported outlawing the sale of firearms by private individuals with support for so-called "universal" background checks in 2013. He has now come full circle, opposing putting concealed carry permits on par with drivers licenses by allowing someone from say Virginia to carry concealed in any state in the union with a valid Virginia permit.
Warner's excuse is the "tragic rate of gun violence today" but concealed carry permit holders are some of the most law abiding people in the country which begs the question Senator Warner, exactly how does keeping National Carry Reciprocity reduce "gun violence" when permit holders are not the people that are committing crime?