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    What if VA Dem politicians had to abide same anti-gun rules imposed on citizens?

    What if VA Dem politicians had to abide same anti-gun rules imposed on citizens?

    It might happen if some in VA GOP get their way.

    Virginia had an election in November which Democrats, including governor Terry McAuliffe, hoped would give them control of the state senate. They campaigned in part on gun control and lost, but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing their agenda.

    After failing to achieve their goals through the democratic process, top Democrats are enacting gun control measures at the executive level.

    The Washington Post reported:

    Virginia to stop recognizing concealed carry gun permits from 25 states

    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Tuesday that the commonwealth will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits, part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws.

    Herring (D) said 25 states have lax laws compared with Virginia, where a history of stalking, drug dealing or inpatient mental health treatment can disqualify someone from carrying a concealed handgun. The move is in step with actions governors and attorneys general are taking to address gun violence without going through Republican-controlled legislatures.

    “While you are here, you are subject to the commonwealth’s gun laws,” Herring said during a news conference…

    In October, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order to ban firearms in state office buildings. And President Obama is considering using his executive authority to bypass Congress to expand background checks.

    “This has been where the gun violence prevention movement is going,” said Chelsea Parsons, vice president of guns and crime policy at the liberal Center for American Progress. “In much the same way President Obama said I’m not going to wait for Congress anymore, the same can be said for leaders at the state level to really use their authority to take strong meaningful steps on this issue.”

    Here’s the governor discussing the issue with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews just before the election:

    Republicans who maintained majority control think the governor should live by his own rules.

    Bearing Arms reports (emphasis is mine):

    VA GOP May Strip McAuliffe Of His Protective Detail Over Concealed Carry

    Virginia’s radically anti-gun Governor and Attorney General were probably quite pleased with themselves when they spitefully severed concealed carry agreements with 25 states, including all but one of its neighbors.

    They probably didn’t anticipate the backlash they’ve received, which includes calls to recall or impeach Attorney General Mark Herring, and pushes for legislation that will both strip elected officials of the ability to make such unilateral decisions, and get a little payback.

    Herring’s announcement came three weeks before the start of the General Assembly session, which is controlled by Republicans. In November, a bill was filed that would require Virginia to recognize permits from other states. If approved, it would reverse Herring’s ruling.

    Carrico said he’ll address the issue come January.

    “A lot of the governor’s power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I’ll be getting with my collegues to circumvent everything this governor has done on this point,” he said. “I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.”

    That only makes sense, right? People on Twitter seem to agree:

    That pretty much covers it.

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    Subotai Bahadur | December 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    As pleasant as the thought is of removing his security detail, you know and I know that the Whigs do not have the testicular fortitude to actually stand up and oppose the Left. The WHIGe types will tamp down this kind of “extremist” talk and probably enlarge his detail to prove that they can get along.

    Estragon | December 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    McAuliffe . . . the same McAuliffe who turns up in investigations of corporate fraud time after time but always walks away with millions as workers lose their jobs and pensions? And other principals go to jail? The same McAuliffe who took dirty money from an African dictator? The McAuliffe who set up the Buddhist monks to give millions to Gore and raised millions for the Clintons? The McAuliffe who believes to this day that Gore won Florida?

    The McAuliffe who Donald Trump supported and donated $25,000 to just two years ago? THAT McAuliffe?

    Gremlin1974 | December 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I so hope this passes. They should also add a rider that he may not hire private armed security to be used on state property, which includes the Governors Mansion.

    Also, their little lie that the states that they broke reciprocity with have training inadequate to VA is laughable, most of the state’s in question are stricter than VA.

    The legislature should pass a bill for automatic reciprocity, that way the Gov. and AG have no choice.

      randian in reply to Gremlin1974. | December 29, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Inadequate training isn’t the fig leaf being used. Not forbidding carry licenses to persons convicted of certain misdemeanors is.

      Arminius in reply to Gremlin1974. | December 30, 2015 at 6:14 am

      I like the thought but I would narrow it down. After all the point is to make McCauliffe live by the same rules as everyone else. I read that McCauliffe signed an executive order banning concealed carry in all state office buildings, not state property in general.

      So, if his private security detail can be at his official residence, and on any state property where other CHLs can carry.

      But if he signs E.O.s banning CHL licencees from certain locations, then that applies to his private security as well.

      What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    VaGentleman | December 29, 2015 at 6:54 am

    It’s interesting to note that I am unable to find any evidence that states with more stringent training requirements to obtain a CCW have any better results than those with few requirements. IMO, this is the result of several factors.

    Responsible people act responsibly, whether its operating a vehicle, carrying a gun, etc. Responsible behavior is a habit not dependent on circumstances.

    Long distance shooting skills are of little value in the vast majority of civilian use of deadly force situations. Most of these occur at very close range – touching distance. (The perpetrator has to be close to the victim to intimidate or to use a contact weapon – knife, etc.) As the threat recedes in distance, it is harder to justify a deadly response.

    Most people with a CCW simply don’t want to shoot. Despite the fantasies of liberals, most CCW holders have no desire to act out a Rambo fantasy.

    Finding that the victim is armed makes many predators flee.

    Indications are that our legislature will pass a bill recognizing every other state’s permit. Getting it past a veto will be the trick. If you want to follow this story go to:

    healthguyfsu | December 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    McAuliffe is HEAVILY backed by Bloomberg. These are his marching orders from the Grabber in Chief.

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