Gov. McAuliffe Pushes Gun Control by Vetoing First Bill

Posted: Mar 21, 2014 11:25 AM
Gov. McAuliffe Pushes Gun Control by Vetoing First Bill

Virginia’s new governor, Terry McAuliffe, seems determined to turn the Old Dominion into Andrew Cuomo's less-than-gun-friendly New York.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe used his veto power for the first time Tuesday, rejecting a bill that would have made it clear all legitimate gun owners could carry a weapon in an unlocked glove box or console of their cars.

Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge County, is a sponsor of the bill. He says his legislation was meant to clarify that existing state laws allows gun owners who do not have a concealed carry permit to put guns in secure compartments. He considered McAuliffe's veto a direct assault on the right to bear arms and accused him of courting the gun control lobby:

Cline said he was “disappointed that Governor McAuliffe’s first use of the veto is in opposition to a bill defending the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Virginians. “The governor is clearly listening to his friends in the gun-control lobby instead of the majority of Virginians who support the Second Amendment.”

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The action may seem modest, but this isn't McAuliffe's first gun control rodeo. During his gubernatorial campaign, he advocated for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines.

Cline is now hoping the General Assembly can override McAuliffe’s latest anti-gun action during its “veto session” on April 23.

Maybe one day McAuliffe will place Virginia's needs over those of gun control advocates.