Virginia Governor’s Anti-Gun Veto will ‘Likely cost innocent lives’

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has vetoed legislation that would have allowed a person under court-ordered protection to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

The Governor said in a statement that the bill “perpetuates the dangerous fiction” that domestic violence victims would be safer if they were armed.

The bill “would inject firearms into a volatile domestic violence situation, making that situation less safe, not more,” McAuliffe continued. “I will not allow this bill to become law when too many Virginia women have already fallen victim to firearms violence at the hands of their intimate partner.”

House Bill 1852 would have allowed many of these women to carry a firearm for self-defense. It permitted anyone in Virginia who has a protective order and is over 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit for up to 45 days after the order is issued.

It would have then given anyone with an active order an additional 45 days to carry concealed should they apply for a permanent concealed-handgun permit, which can take up to 45 days to process.

The bill was designed, proponents say, to allow victims of domestic violence to arm themselves immediately without waiting for a concealed carry permit to be issued.

According to Philip Van Cleave, the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the first 48 hours after a protective order is issued are the most critical time for a potential victim to be armed.

“Protective orders really enrage the aggressor and the vetoed bill would have allowed the victim to be fully armed, yet in a discreet manner, even during those initial 48 hours,” Cleave told the Washington Free Beacon. “Sadly, the governor’s veto will likely cost innocent lives.”

As to McAuliffe’s concern about introducing firearms into a domestic violence dispute, Cleave pointed out that many times a firearm can act as a deterrent, allowing the victim to avoid a confrontation altogether.

“Governor McAuliffe claims we don’t need to introduce a gun into a ‘volatile situation,’ where there is a protective order in place,” Cleave said. “He’s completely wrong. That situation is exactly where we DO want to introduce a firearm. Knowledge that the victim is armed is a great incentive for the aggressor to stay away.”

The NRA also chimed in, telling the Beacon that “victims of domestic abuse should be free to protect themselves with more than a piece of paper.”

The bill passed by a vote of 63-31 in the house of delegates and 26-14 in the senate. A veto override would require a two-thirds majority in both houses.

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • Jerry August 17, 2018, 3:30 pm

    The Governor showed his abject ignorance by stating that a person who has a protective order in place doesn’t need to have a firearm. Is he so dumb as to believe that a person who intends to attack someone is going to obey a protective order, the violation of which in most states constitutes a misdemeanor. Does he really think that one seeking to harm or kill someone is going to refrain from doing so because he may subsequently held in contempt for disobeying the judge’s order!!! Such weak reasoning is analogous to the libtards who believe that having a “gun free zone” sign posted at a school, etc. will stop a thug from entering the school with a gun. Where do these idiots come from??? As the old saying goes, when faced with a life or death situation … I would rather have a gun in my hand than a policeman on the phone.

  • Beachhawk August 21, 2017, 2:57 am

    McAuliffe doesn’t care if his veto leads to someone’s death as long as he looks good to left-wing. big dollar political campaign donors like George Soros and ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He wants to be your next president and bring back the Clinton-era policies. Of course, he lacks Bill’s political instincts or Hillary’s ruthlessness.

  • Spencer Lyman April 19, 2017, 10:40 am

    “I will not allow this bill to become law when too many Virginia women have already fallen victim to firearms violence at the hands of their intimate partner.”
    In That Statement Shows the Governor’s Ignorance and Lack of Common Sense in Explaining as to Why a Threatened Woman Not Carrying a Weapon is Safer Than a Woman Carrying a Weapon?!.
    The Idiot States Very Clearly that Too Many Women Fall Victim to Their Intimate Partner… So Common Sense Dictates It’s Logical for Such Women Be Armed for Self Defense…
    Not Dismissing the Element of Their Not Having Knowledge of a Weapon in the First Place, as They Should Have a Crash Course in Weapons Handling and Consequence.

  • Auggie Will April 3, 2017, 11:41 pm

    I’m with @BigC on this one

  • David April 2, 2017, 4:10 pm

    They can still carry openly

  • Mark From Bristol April 2, 2017, 11:46 am

    A good day for me would be a 9-1-1 call from the Virginia governor’s mansion that goes something like, “…my husband is blue and cold and won’t wake up and really don’t want him to, but I figured I’d call as a formality to report it…”.

  • Beachhawk March 31, 2017, 11:31 pm

    Terry McAuliffe is dumb as a post and apparently never reads a newspaper. Like most liberal politicians, he wants to tell everyone that he knows how we should live. His arrogance is staggering. No doubt some woman will die as a result of his veto and he will blame the victim and the police.

  • ExNuke March 31, 2017, 9:15 pm

    When he runs for re-election the names of every victim he disarmed should make even Regressives wonder why they voted for him the first time.

  • Larry March 31, 2017, 12:57 pm

    “The punk” as he is known by those who really do “know” him, is the governor of Virginia only because the voting populace of the fine state of Virginia have more morons than sane, rational people casting votes. Votes have consequences. I feel sorry for those of you who were wise enough to not vote for this worthless hunk of skin. I hope you are not the ones to suffer the injustices of violence due to this foolish man’s decisions.

    • Beachhawk March 31, 2017, 11:34 pm

      Terry McAuliffe couldn’t get elected dog catcher in most of Virginia. He was elected by all of the Democrat state and federal government employees who live in Richmond and around the Capitol Beltway in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia.

  • BigC March 31, 2017, 12:26 pm

    All this from a POS with numerous armed bodyguards!!!!

  • BigC March 31, 2017, 12:24 pm

    Sorry, but you idiots in VA who voted for this POS are now about to reap the fruits of your idiocy……………….ENJOY!!!

  • Grady March 31, 2017, 11:19 am

    He is like our idiot dumbocrat governor Bullock here in Montana. During the campaigns to get elected he was a strong believer in the 2nd but vetoed 10 pro gun bills his last term, has vetoed two in the last two months and two more are going to his desk that he will also veto. Typical dumbocrat.

    • Larry March 31, 2017, 1:00 pm

      It sounds like you folks in Montana have a bunch of stupid voters to me. Good luck next time. Make him a one termer & here’s hoping you voters up there learn your lesson.

  • Dan March 31, 2017, 7:24 am

    Oh! Give me. A Break! Get a life! Yes, a women should have the right to protect herself or her love ones from anyone that threatened them! I’m sure that he the Dumb Governor would be the first one to want his daughter to be able to protect herself or his grandchildren! It’s a know fact if I think you have a weapon I’m more likely not try an hurt you! That’s just Common Sense !

  • Lester N. March 31, 2017, 5:55 am

    Thanks to the scatter brained libtards in Northern VA, for this fine specimen of a polesmoker, they elected…. #notmygov

  • Michael E. Hensley March 31, 2017, 5:37 am

    Beautiful thing about My Commonwealth Of Virginia, Is we can carry open so maybe the sight of the Abused person toting a .45 would be enough to convince the Abuser that it is not worth the effort.

  • Dan March 31, 2017, 3:44 am

    He did the same thing they did with opioids. Stop everyone, even documented pain patients from any help or participation. Just because everyone is the same supposedly.

  • James M March 29, 2017, 3:08 am

    Common nonsense. He is stating that every situation is the same. Every person is alike. And every scenario a reflection of the others. The sad part is when Governor McAuliffe ends up with blood on his hands, he will either be blinded to the fact of the consequences of his works or like many of the other sorry politicians in this country not give a damn about the average citizen.

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