Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe isn’t a fan of guns apparently. Right now, however, he’s getting a sense of what it’s like to be under fire after the Virginia attorney general announced the state would no longer recognize the carry permits of 25 other states, claiming they do not meet Virginia’s standards.
Pro-gun politicians aren’t exactly thrilled with that either…
Herring’s announcement came three weeks before the start of the General Assembly session, which is controlled by Republicans. In November, a bill was filed that would require Virginia to recognize permits from other states. If approved, it would reverse Herring’s ruling.[Virginia Sen. Bill] Carrico said he’ll address the issue come January.
“A lot of the governor’s power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I’ll be getting with my collegues to circumvent everything this governor has done on this point,” he said. “I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.”
It’s an interesting response.
Folks, it’s always struck us as hypocritical when a politician claims that the presence of guns doesn’t make us any safer while surrounded by people with guns. Why do they get to be protected while our families aren’t? In Virginia, it looks like Carrico has similar thoughts.
“Long before gun control was touted as ‘common sense’ measures, the concept was promoted as a means to keep ethnic populations in an unequal position while assuaging the fears of whites.”
It’s also amusing how drivers licenses and marriage licenses are recognized among all 50 states per the Fair Faith and Commons clause, but carry permits require special legislation. Then again, a number of Second Amendment advocates argue how it’s ridiculous to have to have a permit to exercise their right. They might have a point too.
However, back to our premise, if Virginia’s legislature can push this through, it may make things sticky for gun control governors. If something like this catches on, then those governors not only have to weigh the possibility of losing an election, but also the possibility of losing their armed security. It definitely makes things interesting.