Legislative update ACTION ITEM

VCDL sent out their action alert to ask everyone to urge the Governor to sign the Restaurant ban repeal.

They didn’t use the handy dandy, enter your name and click “send” tool…probably because the Governors office has a special online form and apparently doesn’t accept standard e-mail.

They did provide, however, a standard blurb that you can copy and paste into your email if you don’t want to formulate your own. VCDL’s alert with the copy-and-paste text is HERE.

I provided the link to the Governor’s contact page a couple of days ago. Here it is again if you’re inclined to write your own letter and don’t want to use the VCDL text or link. Here’s what I sent.

Governor Kaine,

Gun Owners have been treated as second class citizens in Virginia for way too long. Those of us who have paid the fees, received the training, submitted to the background investigation and received concealed handgun permits are not anyone to fear. CHP holders have demonstrably proven to be the single most law abiding cross-section of society in the state and the country.

As Citizens of the United States and the great Commonwealth of Virginia, we have the right and responsibility to provide for the protection and defense of ourselves and our families. The Police, although they do a great job and are deserving of our utmost respect, CANNOT be at all places and all times to defend us.

Exercising that right of self defense under current Virginia law requires us to display our defensive tools openly in restaurants that serve alcohol. This policy has caused unnecessary disruptions, police interaction and even some frivolous arrests. Allowing those (relatively few) of us who take the safety of ourselves and our families serious to be discreet while doing so in restaurants, is not a danger to other citizens and will prevent the types of misunderstandings and unnecessary angst that has occurred in the past.

Alcohol and guns don’t mix. And that’s why the law stipulates no drinking while armed. If we can be trusted to obey the law in every other venue, then we deserve the respect to be trusted in those that also serve alcohol. Licensed Concealed Handgun Permit holders are not any part of the problem.

Feel free to plagiarize at will or copy outright if you so desire.

Phone calls and snail mail letters are also helpful (and, by some accounts carry more weight than e-mail) so here is the Governor’s more “traditional” contact information:

Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Phone: (804) 786-2211

Whatever you do PLEASE, contact the Governors office about this important issue.

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