Guns

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

| by NRA

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

SB1035 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.