VA-ALERT: Veto Session results, Action item for PW County!
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- Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 01:57:20 +0000 (UTC)
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Member Hal Macklin attended the veto session of the Legislature today
and reported to me the results of what happened to the three
remaining gun bills that were still up in the air.
As you know, HB 1106, Delegate Athey's bill to allow handgun to be
locked in a container or compartment within a person's reach, had
Delegate Armstrong, who voted anti-gun on this bill, misstated
Virginia law when he addressed the Floor, implying that the bill
didn't change current law. YES IT DOES. Not in a huge way, but it
was a step forward.
Fortunately Delegate Morgan Griffith spoke up and set the Floor
straight on Virginia law.
The veto override FAILED to get enough votes. 67 votes were needed
in the House and only 61 Delegates voted to override that veto.
Here are the Delegates who voted against Virginia gun owners. If any
of these are your Delegate, contact him or her and politely let him
or her know your feelings on his or her vote (all we needed was FIVE
of these people to vote correctly - and there are at least that many
who should have done so). Many of these are Democrats who consider
not embarrassing the Governor to be more important than your right to
self-defense. Others are Republicans who don't understand their own
party platform. That niggling 'freedom thing' is not clearly
understood by both Democrats and Republicans on this list:
Alexander, Amundson, Armstrong, BaCote, Barlow, Brink, Bulova,
Caputo, Dance, Ebbin, Eisenberg, Englin, Hall, Howell, A.T., Hull,
Jones, D.C., Lewis, Marsden, McClellan, McEachin, Melvin, Miller,
Moran, Plum, Poisson, Rust, Scott, J.M., Shannon, Sickles, Spruill,
Toscano, Tyler, Valentine, Ward, Ware, O., Watts
Here are those who voted correctly and should be thanked for doing so:
Abbitt, Albo, Athey, Bell, Bowling, Byron, Callahan, Carrico, Cline,
Cole, Cosgrove, Cox, Crockett-Stark, Dudley, Fralin, Frederick, Gear,
Gilbert, Griffith, Hamilton, Hargrove, Hogan, Hurt, Iaquinto, Ingram,
Janis, Joannou, Johnson, Jones, S.C., Kilgore, Landes, Lingamfelter,
Lohr, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., May, McQuigg, Morgan, Nixon,
Nutter, O'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Peace, Phillips, Purkey, Putney,
Rapp, Reid, Saxman, Scott, E.T., Sherwood, Shuler, Suit, Tata,
Waddell, Wardrup, Ware, R.L., Welch, Wittman, Mr. Speaker
HB 1577, Delegate Cline's omnibus bill that makes CHP's lifetime,
eliminates the local fingerprinting option on CHP renewals, and a few
other minor things, passed into law! As expected, both Houses
accepted the Governor's date correction on the bill unanimously.
After July 1st, there will be no more local fingerprinting options on
CHP renewals. Lifetime permits won't become law until July 1st,
**2007**. And that assumes funding for the State Police to do the
annual background check on permit holders (nothing for permit holders
to do - this is automatic). The VASP only needs $300,000 of funding
and I expect they will get it.
HB 370, Delegate Carrico's bill to clarify that only a person who is
actually hunting needs to have permission to hunt on both sides of
the road if carrying a loaded firearm down that road, had a
recommendation from the Governor that the bill become law on July 1,
**2007** IF the General Assembly would pass it again next year.
The House soundly rejected that idea (68 to 29) and the bill now goes
back to the Governor. At this point the Governor can either veto the
bill (and that veto will stand), sign the bill into law, or not sign
the bill and let it become law without a signature.
What will he do?
After vetoing an extremely watered down HB 1106, all I can say is
that your guess is as good as mine. If you see Rod Serling, I still
would like to speak with him. ;-)
I will let you know as soon as I hear what Governor Kaine does.
Anyone out there NOT believe that the next election of the Senate
(and House) is not going to be critical?
Be prepared as you are going to need to get very active early next
year in the primaries and in the elections later in that year.
If Kaine is going to veto gun bills, then we need to really get the
House and Senate in order. Those who let Kaine get away with a veto
on a pro-gun bill need to pay a heavy political price for doing so.
VCDL is going to need YOU to step up to the plate on this. Please do
NOT hope that someone else will cover any inaction on your part.
The good news is that there are 4,600 people on this alert and it
continues to grow daily. We have great strength if ALL of us pull
Urgent Action Item: Prince William members!
A few days ago, in a quiet action that VCDL learned of too late (via
an NRA alert), the Prince William Board of Supervisors voted 6 to 2
to BAN hunting with buckshot!
VCDL is not primarily a hunting organization, but we back ALL gun
owners and legal gun activities and so we are going to get involved.
If you are a hunter, you might want to put some duct tape around your
head to keep it from exploding. Ok, you were warned!
The Chief of Police actually said that buckshot was dangerous because
it spreads out when you shoot it!
All shotgun shells, except the much more powerful slugs, spread out
and weaken rapidly. That is what makes them SAFER for hunting in
urban areas, for crying out loud!
Nothing worse, or more irresponsible, than a Chief of Police, who
obviously knows nothing of hunting with buckshot, making incorrect
statements like that.
Board of Supervisor member Corey A. Stewart came by the VCDL booth
today at the Shad Planking and told me what had happened.
All is not lost, however - it is up to our Prince William members to
save the day.
If you live in Prince William, you need to contact YOUR Board of
Supervisor member and let him or her know that you want that vote
reconsidered and that hunting with buckshot is not the danger they
were told it was by the Chief of Police. Tell them that buckshot
loses energy quickly and is only effective at short ranges, making it
ideal in more urbanized areas. Tell the Board member that you want
the buckshot ban rescinded this Tuesday.
Here is the web page for the Board of Supervisor members, with
contact info. Call AND email your Board member. ACT NOW - TIME IS
Also, and this is IMPORTANT - the Board is meeting next Tuesday,
April 25th, at 2 PM. If you can be there to speak on rescinding this
ban, be there.
I am going to try to make it myself, but I won't know until the last
minute if I can.
Directions are here (Board Room, 1 County Complex Court):
Prince William - Let's roll!
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