After Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his attorney general, both Democrats, stripped its recognition of concealed carry holders from 25 states, Republican lawmakers are fighting back. They’re considering stripping McAulifee of his armed protection.
The Bristol Herald Courier reported:
The permits won’t be recognized starting Feb. 1 and the change will particularly affect border cities such as Bristol. Also on the list of states whose permits won’t be honored are North Carolina and Kentucky.
In six of the 25 states, Virginia permits will no longer be recognized because their laws require mutual acceptance of permits. Four of the 25 states already include Virginia among states whose permits aren’t accepted.
And the move has some Republicans hopping mad.
“I absolutely think it’s absurd,” GOP Sen. Bill Carrico told the Herald Courier last week. “I think it’s a threat to the people of Virginia that have concealed carry handgun permit reciprocity from other states. … This is all political and I hope people see that.”
The decision, announced by state Attorney General Mark Herring, also lacks the blessing of the law enforcement community.
“I would love to see every state recognize each other’s permits and have total reciprocity,” Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said. “I’m a Second Amendment-rights person. Guns have been around for a hundred years—permits aren’t the issue—if people want to commit a crime utilizing a handgun they don’t care if they have a permit.”
Since attaining office, McAulifee has attempted to push gun control measures through the legislature. Failing at that, he’s resorted to executive actions to advance his agenda. The Herald Courier reported:
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.
And Carrico has now hatched up a game plan that goes above and beyond reversing the latest order.
“A lot of the governor’s power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I’ll be getting with my colleagues 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.”
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