Hot on the heels of vetoing the right of at-risk women to have access to a gun to protect themselves from abusers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe booted another bill designed to protect Virginia citizens back to the General Assembly, accompanied by an amendment to further restrict gun rights.
McAuliffe returned a bill that would block sharing Virginia concealed-handgun permits with states that don’t recognize Virginia permits. Sponsor Richard H. Stuart said, “This bill was to protect Virginians that are in lawful possession of a firearm from being arrested by out-of-state jurisdictions that don’t give reciprocity to our concealed-carry permit. The bill very simply is designed to protect the people that are playing by the rules.”
“I also find it unfortunate that the governor chooses to place his priorities with New York City instead of the citizens of Virginia,” Stuart told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Move Underway To Override Virginia Governor’s Vetoes
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is alerting Virginia gun owners to an important attempt to override Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of several self-defense measures.
Despite their passage by the General Assembly, McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bills 1299 and 1300, and House Bills 1852 and 1853. All these measures focused on the safety of victims and would have allowed any person who is 21 or older; who is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing or transporting a firearm; and who is currently protected by an unexpired protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days after the protective order was issued. This would have provided time for the victim to apply for their concealed-carry permit. McAuliffe also used an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1023 to send the legislation back to the General Assembly in the form of a “one-handgun-a-month” bill.
Next Wednesday the Assembly will consider whether to override the veto of these important measures, so legislators need to hear from Virginia gun owners now!
Contact your state senator and delegate and strongly urge them to vote to override the vetoes on SB 1299, SB 1300, HB 1852 and HB 1853—and to also reject Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to SB 1023. You can contact them byclicking here.
Oklahoma Man Uses AR-15 To Stop 3 Home Intruders
Gun-ban advocates like to rail about AR-15s, calling them military assault weapons and saying law-abiding Americans have no reason for owning the most popular rifle in America. One Broken Arrow, Okla., man would probably argue that point.
On Tuesday afternoon, three men dressed in all black and with their faces covered—one armed with a knife, another with brass knuckles—broke into a house in the quiet Tulsa suburb through a glass back door. The 19-year-old resident, who is the son of the homeowner, grabbed an AR-15 rifle and went to investigate, according to a report at foxnews.com.
Sheriff’s spokesman Nick Mahoney told Fox that the suspects apparently encountered the homeowner's son, who opened fire after an exchange of words. Two of the suspects died in the home's kitchen, while the third was found in the driveway.
Mahoney said the preliminary investigation indicates the shootings were in self-defense.
AG Sessions Targets So-Called “Sanctuary” Cities
“Today, I am urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t mince words when it came to calling out “sanctuary” cities for their refusal to assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.
Speaking at a White House press briefing, Sessions cited a recent report issued by Department of Homeland Security that detailed more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor detainer requests and releasing criminal suspects back onto the streets. “Such policies cannot continue,” the attorney general warned. “They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.”
Sessions also declared that state and local governments seeking Department of Justice grants must be able to certify compliance before receiving any further federal funding.
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates there are 167 “sanctuary” cities and counties across 25 U.S. states. Their latest findings were published last week.
Iowa Man Shoots Lunging Dog In Self-Defense
A man walking his dogs in a quiet Des Moines neighborhood was threatened by two other dogs roaming freely in the streets. Fortunately, he had a license to carry.
According to police, the victim unsuccessfully attempted to frighten the dogs away. Then one of the dogs, a large St. Bernard, began growling—and then lunged. As the dog bit down on his arm, the man was able to pull a gun from his pocket and shoot toward the charging animal.
Investigators say the dog did not sustain visible injuries, as the rounds from the revolver were “birdshot.” However, the victim suffered broken skin on his left arm and bite holes in his clothing. The St. Bernard’s owner told police his dog was in the back yard at the time of the attack, but a witness who heard the shot said he turned to see the large dog in the street.