A microcosm war is being waged in Virginia between people who believe in individual liberty provided by the Constitution of the United States and leftists who want to shred the document and enslave the population, many people argue. And, the fight just escalated.
One of the ‘newest’ representatives in the state’s general assembly isn’t wasting any time promoting new measures that will outlaw all private indoor gun ranges (unless they are operated by the government for law enforcement) and make it illegal to transport your firearm in your vehicle.
Of course, people with the ability to think logically and who do not have an agenda that lines their pockets with cash, understand that such measures do not have any impact on ‘gun violence.’ In fact, all they do is make it easier for evil monsters to gun down innocent victims.
In House Bill 567, the measure would amend the Code of Virginia to prohibit private buildings from housing indoor gun ranges.
- That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 3 of Chapter 12 of Title 18.2 a section numbered 18.2-511.2 as follows:
- 18.2-511.2. Indoor shooting ranges; prohibited in private buildings; exceptions; penalty.
- As used in this section, “indoor shooting range” means any fully enclosed or indoor area or facility designed for the use of rifles, shotguns, pistols, silhouettes, skeet, trap, or black powder or any other similar sport shooting.
- It is unlawful to operate an indoor shooting range in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or the federal government unless (i) fewer than 50 employees work in the building or (ii) (a) at least 90 percent of the users of the indoor shooting range are law-enforcement officers, as defined in § 9.1-101, or federal law-enforcement officers, (b) the indoor shooting range maintains a log of each user’s name, phone number, address, and the law-enforcement agency where such user is employed, and (c) the indoor shooting range verifies each user’s identity and address by requiring all users to present a government-issued photo-identification card.
- Any person that violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000 for the initial violation and $5,000 per day for each day of violation thereafter.
Likewise, House Bill 568 relates to carrying or storing firearms in motor vehicles, and outlines the penalties for this infraction as well:
- Any person possessing or storing a firearm in a motor vehicle or vessel shall secure such firearm in a locked container, other than a glove box, that is not within the dominion and control of or readily accessible for prompt and immediate use by any person within the motor vehicle.
- The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, or any person having a valid concealed handgun permit.
- Any person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500.
- 18.2-308. Carrying concealed weapons; exceptions; penalty.
- If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; (iii) any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; (iv) any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or (v) any weapon of like kind as those enumerated in this subsection, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A second violation of this section or a conviction under this section subsequent to any conviction under any substantially similar ordinance of any county, city, or town shall be punishable as a Class 6 felony, and a third or subsequent such violation shall be punishable as a Class 5 felony. For the purpose of this section, a weapon shall be deemed to be hidden from common observation when it is observable but is of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapon’s true nature. It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation of clause (i) regarding a handgun, that a person had been issued, at the time of the offense, a valid concealed handgun permit.
- This section shall not apply to any person while in his own place of abode or the curtilage thereof.
- Except as provided in subsection A of § 18.2-308.012, this section shall not apply to:
- Any person while in his own place of business;
- Any law-enforcement officer, or retired law-enforcement officer pursuant to § 18.2-308.016, wherever such law-enforcement officer may travel in the Commonwealth;
- Any person who is at, or going to or from, an established shooting range, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported;
- Any regularly enrolled member of a weapons collecting organization who is at, or going to or from, a bona fide weapons exhibition, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported;
- Any person carrying such weapons between his place of abode and a place of purchase or repair, provided the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported;
- Any person actually engaged in lawful hunting, as authorized by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, under inclement weather conditions necessitating temporary protection of his firearm from those conditions, provided that possession of a handgun while engaged in lawful hunting shall not be construed as hunting with a handgun if the person hunting is carrying a valid concealed handgun permit;
- Any attorney for the Commonwealth or assistant attorney for the Commonwealth, wherever such attorney may travel in the Commonwealth;
- Any person who may lawfully possess a firearm and is carrying a handgun while in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel;
- Any enrolled participant of a firearms training course who is at, or going to or from, a training location, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported; and
- 9. Any judge or justice of the Commonwealth, wherever such judge or justice may travel in the Commonwealth.
- This section shall also not apply to any of the following individuals while in the discharge of their official duties, or while in transit to or from such duties:
- Carriers of the United States mail;
- Officers or guards of any state correctional institution;
- Conservators of the peace, except that a judge or justice of the Commonwealth, an attorney for the Commonwealth, or an assistant attorney for the Commonwealth may carry a concealed handgun pursuant to subdivisions C 7 and 10 9. However, the following conservators of the peace shall not be permitted to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a permit as provided in this article: (i) notaries public; (ii) registrars; (iii) drivers, operators, or other persons in charge of any motor vehicle carrier of passengers for hire; or (iv) commissioners in chancery;
- Noncustodial employees of the Department of Corrections designated to carry weapons by the Director of the Department of Corrections pursuant to § 53.1-29; and
- Harbormaster of the City of Hopewell.
House Bill 569 will “ensure concealed carry permit holders from out-of-state have permits that meet Virginia’s standards,” and Helmer has said that Virginia will no longer “allow a domestic abuser in another state to carry concealed weapons.”
— Dan Helmer (@HelmerVA) January 6, 2020
Of course, domestic abuse is (in many states) grounds to prevent concealed carry permits, but pesky things like the facts rarely bother liberals.