Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 626 and House Bill 766, gun rights bills that would have expedited the concealed carry permit process for domestic violence victims who file for a protective order.
As Bearing Arms notes, this bill would have allowed individuals to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days after the issuance of a protective order. If, during that time, a person decides he or she needs to carry a handgun past that initial 45-day period, they apply for the permit, an additional 45 days would be tacked on and a person would be given a copy of the certified application, which would serve as a de facto concealed handgun permit.
According to NBC Washington, McAuliffe said “Senate Bill 626 encourages victims of domestic violence to introduce deadly weapons into an already dangerous situation, an approach that I believe could have significant negative public safety consequences.”
Governor McAuliffe proposed amendments to the bill that would expedite the concealed carry permit process for those who fulfill all the necessary training requirements, but these changes were shot down. Read more.