Virginia Overrides Gov. Keane's Veto of Two Pro-Gun Bills

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Today, the General Assembly overrode Governor Tim Kaine’s (D) veto of two pro-gun bills.

Senate Bill 877 will allow "retired" law enforcement officers to carry concealed in a restaurant that serves alcoholic beverages. Unlike Senate Bill 1035, this bill applies only to retired law enforcement officers. The Senate voted to override the Governor by a vote of 30-10 with the House voting 76-22 to override.

Senate Bill 1528
will allow a safety course required for obtaining a concealed handgun permit, conducted by a state-certified or NRA-certified firearms instructor to be done electronically or online.The Senate voted 28-12 to override with the House concurring 73-23.

Unfortunately, the Senate failed to override the veto of Senate Bill 1035, House Bill 1851, and House Bill 2528

would have permitted a Right-to-Carry permit holder to carry concealed in a restaurant, provided he or she did not consume alcohol. The bill failed to pass by a 24-16 vote.

HB1851 would have exempted active duty military personnel or Virginia National Guardsmen from Virginia’s “one-gun-a-month” law on handgun purchases.

HB1851, which passed the House in the override session by a vote of 73-26, failed in the Senate by a vote of 26 to 14 (27 votes were needed for an override).

HB2528 would have established that no locality or entity may participate in a gun “buyback” program where individuals are given anything of value or money in exchange for surrendering a firearm to the locality unless the governing body first passes an ordinance authorizing the gun “buyback.” The legislation also required that any locality holding gun "buybacks" sell the firearms to a federally licensed dealer “or be disposed of in any appropriate manner” if they could not be sold. HB2528 passed the House 71-28 only to be defeated in the Senate by a vote of 24-16.

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