Legislative update

From VCDL:

SENATE COURTS OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE

***Closing the Concealed Handgun Permit List from dissemination***

All of the bills in committee have a problem: they do NOT close getting CHP information directly from circuit courts.

While VCDL did not oppose any of the bills, we did want the CHP holder information at the circuit court level to be protected.

SB 759, Senator Ruff’s bill, and SB 730, Senator Smith’s bill, were rolled into Senator Houck’s SB 529 and conformed (made identical to Houck’s bill.

Senator Cuccinelli’s bill, SB 332, which allowed CHP holders to “opt-out” of having their names and address released, was defeated.

The two surviving CHP list bills only partially protect the CHP list from publication — SB 529 (Senator Houck) and HB 982 (Delegate Nutter)

*** OOPS – A bad bill slips through ***

We need to immediately oppose anti-gun Senator Ticer’s bill SB 764. This bill, which had slipped under our radar, prevents CHP holders who have been victims of domestic violence from being able to use a fictitious address assigned by the Attorney General.

Apparently, Senator Ticer isn’t concerned about the safety of victims of sexual or domestic violence who decide to get a concealed handgun permit. She must believe that a dead victim is preferable to a live ex-victim with a gun

Unfortunately the bill has reported out of committee and we will have to kill it on the Senate Floor OR in the House.

*** Guns in locked containers ***

SB 436, Senator Vogel’s bill to allow non-CHP holders to have a loaded gun in a locked container or compartment in a vehicle or boat, was not heard today and should be heard on Wednesday. This gives us more time to push to get the LOCKED provision dropped, allowing loaded guns in closed containers or compartments.

HOUSE COURTS OF JUSTICE

*** Castle Doctrine Bill ***

Good news! HB 710, Delegate Janis’ “Castle Doctrine” bill, passed out of committee by a 17 to 4 vote and is on its way to the House Floor!

*** Arrest for misdemeanors at will of officer ***

HB 436, Delegate Jackson Miller’s bill that would allow police to arrest someone at will for a class 1 or class 2 misdemeanor, passed out of committee by 19 to 2. The bill now goes to the Floor where we will continue to fight it,

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