Virginia rejoins the community of common sense and true gun safety with Governor Terry McAuliffe deciding to make a deal with Republicans in the state legislature to restore concealed carry reciprocity with 25 other states and overturn radical Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision last month.
Concealed carry permit holders are screened and among the most law abiding citizens in the country, at least 5 times less likely to be involved in violent crime then the general public. This fact made AG Herring’s decision untenable.
The deal itself may make Virginia families safer. In exchange for restoring reciprocity, McAuliffe gets a change in Virginia law that mirrors most other states and forbids people who are under a permanent PFA from possessing firearms during its duration — up to two years. Instead of celebrating a victory the Coalition Against Gun Violence fumed in a statement on their Facebook page.
Now he’s preparing to cave to them in a strange backroom deal. Please help us drive home the message that gun violence prevention advocates will NOT be taken for granted by his administration.
Supporters of the right to carry should congratulate Governor McAuliffe. Contact Governor McAuliffe at (804) 786-2211 or online.