Legislative update

From VCDL:

HB 371, Delegate Carrico – This bill puts teeth in Virginia’s preemption laws by requiring a locality that has a preempted ordinance and knowingly enforces that ordinance against an individual to pay all of that individual’s legal fees. HB 371 was passed with a huge bipartisan vote! Only two Delegates voted that localitiies should be allowed to violate the law with impunity: Jim Scott (surprise, surprise) and Paula Miller (NRA C-?).

Paula Miller is my delegate. I’ve always considered her a “moderate” when it comes to gun rights…I’m beginning to doubt that assessment based upon votes like these. Voting to NOT hold a city responsible for violating its citizens rights? What’s that all about?

HB 529, Delegate Pogge – This bill allows you to pay $10 to get a new permit with a change of address if you want one. It also says that when you get your permit renewed, the effective date of the new permit will begin on the date the old permit expires. There was a minor change to the language that VCDL supported and the bill was passed unanimously.

HB 873, Delegate Johnson – This bill clarifies that honorable discharge papers from the military do not expire for use as training when getting a CHP. This bill as originally written had a bad, and unintentional, flaw. Delegate Johnson worked with VCDL to fix the flaw and produced a good bill that should end abuses by the Circuit Court in Washington County and other localities. The bill NOW makes it clear that ALL proofs of training do NOT expire.

In the House Courts of Justice committee that afternoon, HB 815 (Delegate Albo’s bill that original codified the Governor’s Executive Order 50, which takes away gun rights from those who are adjudicated mentally ill) was modified and passed out of committee. VCDL had worked with Delegates Albo, Bell, Janis, and Frahlin to make the bill acceptable to gun owners by making it easier for a person to get his rights restored once he is cured. It is also an improvement over current law in that one does not lose one’s rights at the moment the Court issues a Temporary Detention Order, but only after the person has been observed for 48-hours and the Court determines that the person indeed needs mental health treatment.


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