Virginia Passes SB 1035 Restaurant Carry, Rejects SB 1257 Private Gun Sales Ban


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This week brought good news for Virginia gun owners.

Yesterday the Virginia Senate passed SB 1035, patroned by Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R - Mt. Solon), to repeal the hated restaurant ban. A matching bill, HB 1821 patroned by Delegate Joseph P. Johnson, Jr. (D – Abingdon), is pending action by the House of Delegates. Meanwhile New Mexico's House Business & Industry Committee unanimously recommended a bill to decriminalize gun carry in many or most restaurants serving alcohol, and a similar bill will be also considered by the Tennessee legislature this year. [See previous report.]

And today the Virginia Senate rejected SB 1257 patroned by Senator Henry Marsh (D – Richmond) and amended by Senator Creigh Deed (D – Bath County) to ban most private sales of guns at gun shows. Bill backers like Senator Janet Howell (D – Fairfax County) disingenuously blamed gun shows for the 2006 Virginia Tech murders and called private sales at gun shows not just a “loophole” but “a gaping hole.”

Sorry Senator. The people's freedom of contract in guns is not a loophole – it’s the public policy of Virginia and most states. And freedom’s no loophole.
 


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