Ralph Northam on Gun Control
No concealed carry without a permit
Legislative Summary: Allows any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within the Commonwealth.
If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, any pistol, knife, blackjack, or flailing instrument (known as a nun-chucks), or any weapon of like kind, he is guilty of a misdemeanor.
A second violation shall be punishable as a felony. It shall be an affirmative defense regarding a handgun violation, that a person had been issued a valid concealed handgun permit.
Introduced Dec. 15; failed Senate 20-20 on Feb. 1, with tie-breaker vote by Lt. Governor Northam (who voted NAY).
Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB48
, Feb 1, 2016
Keep guns out of the hands of criminals & the mentally ill
Being smart on crime is just as important as being tough on crime. We need to take low cost steps to help Virginia's finest do their jobs: keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, utilize drug courts and jail diversion to keep
non-violent offenders from being incarcerated at taxpayer expense, and work with the federal government to enforce immigration laws, rather than diverting scarce state and local resources from other responsibilities.
Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website NorthamForLG.com
, Nov 1, 2013
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