By January 14, 2010

Upcoming Virginia firearm bills you may be interested in

I’ve held a concealed carry permit in Virginia for over thirteen years. I believe that citizens are responsible for their own safety and that if you are legally able to own a firearm you should be able to legally carry it.

To that end, some interesting bills are coming to Virginia this year. The Virginia General Assembly started yesterday, and the NRA published a list of pro-gun bills for 2010.

Below are the ones I find of most interest and intend on contacting my representatives. I hope they support these bills.

House Bill 8 and Senate Bill 3 propose that current concealed carry permit holders can renew by mail. As my third VA CC permit expires next year, this would be nice.

House Bill 49 would repeal the “one handgun a month” law. This was originally passed in a knee-jerk “do something” reaction to curtail violent crime. It doesn’t make sense to restrict the sales of a handgun on a temporal basis when rifles and shotguns are not governed by such restrictions. It’s your typical, illogical gun control law and should be repealed.

House Bill 72 would reduce the penalty for inadvertently bringing a firearm (loaded or not) onto school grounds. I think the only “off-limits” location for possession of a legally owned firearm should be a law enforcement station or penitentiary. Anything that decriminalizes otherwise legal possession is okay in my book.

House Bill 79 would prohibit the County Clerk from publishing information about concealed carry permit holders. Fuckface Christian Trejbal thought it would be cute to get the list of permit holders in Virginia (which was legal to do, and still is) and then out some permit holders in his article for the Roanoke Times in March of 2007. He also made the database available online for a limited time.

House Bill 106 is of super importance to me, as it allows for concealed carry in an establishment that sells alcohol for on-premise consumption. Despite scare tactics, there have been no drunken saloon shootouts between permit holders at bars or your local Applebee’s. This is a stupid restriction on law-abiding permit holders and should be removed.

House Bill 171 would prohibit property owners, employers, or a business entity from barring firearms left in a locked motor vehicle. This is a super important step in maintaining a circle of legality for concealed carry holders. Like the restaurant restriction, localized restrictions put otherwise law-abiding permit holders in a legal and ethical quandary. Passing Bill 171 would be a small but important step in allowing permit holders to obey the wishes of an establishment and still retain their legal right to carry a concealed weapon. Personally, I look forward to the day that firearms laws no longer fall into a legal black hole wherein a private establishment can decide not to follow state law.

Out of all of the bills I’ve highlighted, HB171 and HB106 are the most important to me in a regular basis. Passing these two would reduce the number of handguns stolen out of cars. As it stands, many concealed carry permit holders leave their handguns in their car, only to have their cars broken into (or stolen outright) and the handguns removed.

We’ll see how it goes. The legislature passed a bill similar to HB106 (Senate Bill SB1035) last year but ex-Governor Kaine vetoed it like a dumbass. Way to make sure I voted Republican the following election, douchebag!

Virginians may use the Who’s My Legislator? tool to find the contact information of their representatives. Please start calling, emailing, and writing today.

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