Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gun Lobby Gets First Step to Victory in General Assembly

The gun lobby has been trying for years to make it easier for people to carry concealed weapons. One of the big things when I was a student at GMU, for instance, was that there were gun lobbyists trying to change laws that allowed students to carry weapons on college campuses. Although they have been unsuccessful in the past, it appears as though the gun lobby has now gotten one step closer to allowing the potential for deadly violence to spread.
The Courts of Justice Committee of the state Senate yesterday narrowly approved legislation that will enable holders of concealed-weapons permits to take their firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol.

The committee also approved legislation that would allow people without concealed-weapons permits to stow weapons in their cars and approved another bill that would allow concealed-weapons-permit holders to renew permits by mail.
Similar legislation has passed committee in the past, but Tim Kaine realized the danger that this posed to the community and therefore vetoed the legislation. Gov. Bob McDonnell, however, has already expressed his support of the move so it appears as though the bill will become law if its able to pass the full General Assembly for the third year in a row.

Although I do think this is another example of why Bob McDonnell shouldn’t be governor, it’s important to note that Creigh Deeds actually voted for this bill while it was in committee. When you combine this with the fact that he sponsored a bill that would allow babies under two years old to get a hunting license, I think it’s safe to say that he also wouldn’t have vetoed the bill and sits on the wrong side of gun laws. What this therefore tells us is that who we nominate for, and elect to, statewide office can have a severe impact on the lives of Virginians.

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