Attorney General (AG) Mark Herring just announced that the State of Virginia was unilaterally revoking the concealed carry weapons reciprocity agreements (CCW) Virginia has kept with 25 states. Changes to Virginia’s reciprocity are effective Feb. 1, 2016.
Herring’s justification for this policy change is that these 25 states no longer “meet the standard” of issuing CCW’s.
His gun control double talk really means that these 25 states have not infringed enough on their citizens’ Second Amendment rights to please this radical AG’s lust for statism.
But as with all “gun control” advocates, Herring can’t help himself when spewing nonsensical and illogical gibberish in order to try and defend his point. To wit:
“Evenly, consistently and fairly enforcing Virginia’s concealed handgun permit law, as we are now doing, means that it will be more difficult for potentially dangerous individuals to conceal their handguns here in Virginia and that will make Virginians safer, especially Virginian law enforcement.”
But in actuality it won’t. The policy change doesn’t solely affect out-of-state visitors coming to Virginia. It affects Virginia residents’ rights to carry in six states that require mutual reciprocity: Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.
Herring’s unilateral mandate actually creates a more dangerous for people to visit Virginia and for Virginians to leave the state.
Virginia House Speaker William Howell remarked that Herring is “damaging the integrity of the office he holds.” (No kidding. But when do liberal rights hating gun control zealots care about following the law, respecting the constitution or their office?) Herring is just following Obama’s lead.
Howell went on to say:
“Despite promising to take politics out of the attorney general’s office, Mark Herring consistently seeks to interpret and apply the law of the Commonwealth through the lens of his own personal, political opinions.”
The problem is that this isn’t the first time Herring has done whatever he so chooses, while ignoring the Constitution, the law of the land, and the will of the people.
On January 23, 2014, Herring announced that he would not defend the Virginia Marriage Amendment in federal court, and filed a brief in a federal lawsuit brought against the law asking for it to be struck down. Herring declared:
“I believe the freedom to marry is a fundamental right and I intend to ensure that Virginia is on the right side of history and the right side of the law.”
Despite elected members of the state legislature representing the will of the voters who put them in office who amended Virginia’s marriage laws, Herring unilaterally decided not to enforce the law. In essence, Herring is discriminating.
Homosexuals can be legally married as a “fundamental right” but the Second Amendment is just a nuisance to work around to infringe at every opportunity? Herring is represents the height of hypocrisy and is a disgrace to his office.
Unfortunately, it seems that Virginians will have to bear this disgrace of an Attorney General until 2018 unless he can be impeached first. Though that seems doubtful.
On the bright side, visitors to Virginia will still be able to lawfully open carry their firearms without a permit as the Attorney General has no purview in that regard. Fortunately, open carriers in the state of Virginia don’t have to worry on the local level, Virginia has full preemption for firearms, meaning towns and cities can’t pass their own gun control measures banning the use of firearms.
Tony Oliva is a Second Amendment advocate and publishes bulletsfirst.net.
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