Why Does Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Care More About New York Than His Own State?

posted on March 29, 2017

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.” 

McAuliffe’s amendment? He wants to reinstate Virginia’s one-handgun-per-month limit, purportedly to stem gun trafficking to New York. Never mind that Virginia gun crime is down for the fourth consecutive year, while firearm sales have skyrocketed.

“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.

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