No Restaurant ban repeal this year.
Two things: Kaine just signed his political death warrant when he inevitably runs for higher office. The vast majority of Virginians…both Democrat and Republican…support gun rights. Kaine demonstrated that he is not to be trusted on this issue…ever…regardless of how sincerely he promises during campaigns. Not only can he not be trusted to support the Second Amendment, but he also demonstrated that he CAN ABSOLUTELY be trusted to lie when it is politically expedient to do so.
I will be supremely surprised if he ever wins another election of any kind in this state.
Secondly, several people in comments to my post about the Vetoes suggested that we make a point of openly carrying in restaurants. Many CHP holders lock their firearms in their cars (or leave them at home) when patronizing establishments that serve alcohol. That needs to stop today. If seeing citizens with guns makes
hoplophobes sheep subjects people uncomfortable, they need to get on our side and urge passage of this law change next year. We’ve got about ten months to make restaurateurs and patrons so uncomfortable that they get behind us on this…lets get cracking.
The veto override for SB 476, Senator Hanger’s restaurant ban repeal, failed by a 22 to 18 vote. 27 votes were needed to override.
The veto override for SB 436, Senator Vogal’s locked container bill, failed by a 25 to 15 vote, falling only TWO votes short of the override.
Veto overrides are tough to do, but by no means impossible. That’s because the Governor will pressure members of his party to back his veto.
*** SB 476 ***
Two Democrats buckled, which didn’t make a difference as we could not get anyone who voted against the bill originally to stand up and vote for the override. We needed to pickup 3 votes to make the override work. The odds of saving the bill were slim, but worth the try.
Here are the Senators who voted WRONG on SB 476. Those with asterisks by their name buckled, having voted right to pass the bill, but wrong on the override:
Barker, Blevins, Colgan**, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Norment, Northam, Puckett**, Puller, Saslaw, Ticer, Whipple
Here are the Senators to thank:
Cuccinelli, Deeds, Edwards, Hanger, Houck, Hurt, Martin, McDougle, Newman, Obenshain, Petersen, Quayle, Reynolds, Ruff, Smith, Stolle, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins
Senator Hanger made an excellent speech on the bill before the vote.
Senator “Deliverance” Saslaw used his old lie that if you open carried into a restaurant in Northern Virginia, they would kick you out. He has no idea how wrong he is. 😉
Senator Cuccinelli, who is considering a run for Attorney General BTW, challenged Saslaw on Saslaw’s position.
*** SB 436 ***
Six Democrats buckled, causing the override for SB 436 to fail, when it shouldn’t have. By buckling, those Democrats are saying that currying favor with the Governor is more important than your right to protect yourself.
Here are the Senators who voted WRONG on SB 436. Those with asterisks by their name buckled, having voted right to pass the bill, but wrong on the override and caused this bill to die:
Barker**, Colgan**, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsh, McEachin, Yvonne Miller**, Northam**, Petersen**, Puller, Saslaw, Ticer, Whipple**
Here are the Senators to thank:
Blevins, Cuccinelli, Deeds, Edwards, Hanger, Houck, Hurt, Martin, McDougle, Miller, J.C., Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Puckett, Quayle, Reynolds, Ruff, Smith, Stolle, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins