Gilbert’s Handgun Bill Fails

Posted: February 14, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Senate committee shot down a local delegate’s effort to amend how out-of-state gun permits are recognized in Virginia.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Democratic-led Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 9-6 against the bill from Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock. The House of Delegates, where unlike the Senate, Republicans hold the majority, passed the measure 60-32 last month.

The proposal would have allowed an out-of-state permit holder to present valid government-issued photo identification to have his or her permit recognized in Virginia, if verification is requested by state law enforcement.

Current law requires other states to have a means for “instantaneous verification” for Virginia police.

Gilbert has said that by changing the law, Virginia will recognize permits from more states where Virginia permits are also not recognized. That will help Virginia gun owners who leave the state because if Virginia won’t recognize some states’ permits, those states won’t honor the commonwealth’s, either.

After the House voted on the bill, the state Democratic Party called it “extreme” and criticized it for eliminating “important requirements,” including the instantaneous verification.

Gilbert could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.

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