Lt. Governor Northam casts the tie-breaking vote to defeat the constitutional carry bill in the Senate.
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate Monday (2/1) to defeat a bill that would have eliminated the permit requirement for concealed handguns.
Openly carrying a firearm without a permit is legal in Virginia.
The bill patroned by Republican Senator Dick Black of Loudon would have allowed gun owners to conceal carry without a permit.
Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax says requiring people to register for concealed carry keeps them accountable.
Journalists return to the floor of the General Assembly, and the Republican party requests the removal of the affiliation statement from Virginia’s primary.
The General Assembly reached a compromise on gun control legislation, reversing the decision by State Attorney General Mark Herring to no longer accept reciprocity agreements with other states.
Governor Terry McAuliffe, State lawmakers and advocates appear to have reached a rare compromise on one of the most divisive issues in politics, the balance of gun rights and gun violence prevention. The deal would reverse Attorney General Mark Herring’s opinion late last year, which ended concealed handgun reciprocity agreements with dozens of other states.
In exchange gun rights proponents have agreed to prohibit those who have a permanent protective order for domestic violence against them from carrying a firearm.