Two Democratic Senators switched their votes on HB 1851 (introduced by Scott Lingamfelter R-31st) today and made the difference in upholding the Governor/DNC Chairman’s veto of a bill that would allow active duty and reserve military personnel to be excepted from Virginia’s “one gun a month” rule. George Barker and Chuck Colgan, who had previously understood that there are cases where military personnel might need to ensure their families had the means for adequate self-defense after they were deployed threw away their convictions in order to sustain another anti-self defense veto by Tim Kaine. Unfortunately, this isn’t all that much of a surprise.
Virginia’s law limiting firearms purchases to one per month makes no sense at all, but it particularly doesn’t make sense when applied to military personnel stationed in Virginia. These people who are regularly entrusted with ordinance that ordinary civilians generally can’t even get close to are the last folks we should be concerned with in regards to legally obtaining civillian firearms. If they need to obtain a second firearm in a month due to a deployment, a change of station, or some other circumstance why would anyone think that doing so would negatively impact public safety? Chuck? George? Can you possibly explain why soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors pose a public safety threat to us if they obtain a second firearm in a one month period?
I notice both of these Senators said on the campaign trail that they fully supported our armed forces and our rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment. So did Governor “Gridlock” Timmy. Once again, we’ve seen how well some elected officials follow through on what they promised they would do.
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