Virginia Senate

Senator Deeds may oppose VA state agency preemption bill

Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds, longtime ally of gun owners, has expressed pessimism over the needs for a state agency preemption bill in Virginia, at least as far as colleges and universities are concerned.  Senator Deeds told NBC News that he “doesn’t see the big hand of the General Assembly being necessary to override the Board of Visitors in that situation.

In making such a statement, Senator Deeds appears to be taking the side of college and university administrators who are almost completely exempted from Virginia’s Administrative Process Act under current Virginia law.

Virginia’s public colleges and universities have been taking advantage of this ‘loophole’ to pass numerous regulations against campus carry by faculty, staff, adult students, and visitors with carry permits.

As I have noted repeatedly in my articles, state agency preemption remains one of the most desperately needed reforms to Virginia’s firearms laws. Thankfully, we have the Virginia Citizens Defense League to fight for our rights in the General Assembly and to gently remind Senator Deeds, who most assuredly is a friend to gun owners, just how important it is that our students not be rendered helpless again.

Read more at NBC News.

Senator Saslaw bemoans his impotence over gun control

As Minority Leader, Virginia Senator Dick Saslaw (D-35th) may be the most powerful Democrat in the Virginia General Assembly but, try as he might, he cannot seem to strip those pesky citizens of their gun rights.

Last week at a legislative forum held at Alexandria City Hall, he spent a great deal of time complaining about his inability to “get sensible gun control.”

Saslaw, who represents Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, specifically called out the Virginia Citizens Defense League as the force behind much of the pro-gun successes in Virginia.  He noted that, of the 39 pro-gun bills last session, the NRA was involved in only 4 and VCDL shepherded the rest.

DC born Saslaw has not made any secret of his disdain for gun owners in the past. Perhaps most famously, he was overheard by VCDL Executive Member John Pierce calling them ‘the cast of deliverance‘ during the 2008 legislative session.

Read more at Patch.com.

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