After practically begging the gun community in Virginia to forgive his anti-gun past and humbly swearing fealty to the Second Amendment…just long enough to get elected…Governor Kaine has clearly demonstrated why past performance is better than present platitudes as an indicator of future behavior.
Never one to let a little thing like a campaign promise to stand in the way of advancing a pet agenda, today he Vetoed both SB 476 (the restaurant ban repeal) and SB 436 (which would allow loaded guns to be carried in locked glove compartments).
True to very nature of gun-banners the world over, to justify his veto of the restaurant ban repeal, he even felt it necessary to invent opposition that never existed, saying
“I take seriously the objections of law enforcement to this measure.”
To my knowledge, there was never any organized law enforcement objection to the measure…unless, as the VCDL suggested in their alert…you count the Alcohol Beverage Control Board…the members of which just happen to be appointed by the Governor. Hmmm.
In any case, both measures passed the General Assembly with close to veto proof margins. We need to contact our legislators and urge them to override these vetoes.
VCDL action alerts are imminent, I’m sure. I’m not waiting for them, I’m going to contact my representatives today.