Second Amendment activists are wearing big smiles today in West Virginia after the House of Delegates yesterday passed a measure to allow concealed carry without a permit by more than a 2-to-1 margin, while in neighboring Virginia, the gun prohibition lobby has furiously turned on Gov. Terry McAuliffe for restoring CCW reciprocity agreements with 25 states.
McAuliffe is the target of a full-page advertisement in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch, paid for by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying organization, as noted by the Washington Post. The Democrat governor’s restoration of concealed carry reciprocity with more than two-dozen states is seen as a definite victory for gun owners, both in Virginia and those from other states who travel to the Old Dominion and don’t care to leave their self-defense rights at the border.
The blistering reaction from Everytown further affirms that this group is only interested in limiting Second Amendment rights. They’re not about “safety” at all, but only the erosion of the Second Amendment. The lesson for McAuliffe may be that the anti-gun lobby will turn on its own in a heartbeat.
Speaking of borders, just across the border in West Virginia, the House of Delegates voted 68-31 to eliminate the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed sidearm. According to the West Virginia Metro News in Charleston, Del. Josh Nelson, a Boone Republican, explained the move thusly: “What we’re about to do today is fixing something that was wrong in the first place.”
This was a bold move by lawmakers, considering that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a similar measure last year, and has reportedly promised to do it again. The bill has been sent to the Senate for action. Tomblin, a Democrat who is not running for re-election, has nothing to lose by vetoing the measure a second time if it hits his desk. However, that might not do a would-be successor any good.
Back in Richmond, Everytown’s attack ad pretty much calls McAuliffe a liar without actually using the word. It does label several of his earlier anti-gun statements as “false.”
Some might consider this poetic justice for an anti-gun Yankee from New York sitting in the governor’s office south of the Potomac. He’s on the wrong side of the river, and according to today’s Washington Post, this “native of Syracuse, N.Y….spent most of his career on the national political scene as a close friend of and fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton, (and) relied heavily on out-of-state money to fund his governor’s race, political action committee and the state Democratic Party.”
That makes McAuliffe’s reaction to the Everytown attack all the more ironic. The WaPo quoted a statement from his spokesman, Brian Coy, in this morning’s article in which Coy criticized “This out-of-state group’s misleading political attacks.”
“The Governor is proud to stand with the Virginians from both parties who worked together to make our communities safer, even in the face of Mr. Bloomberg’s negative politics,” the statement said.
McAuliffe is hardly a good old boy standing in the shadows of Robert E. Lee and George Edward Pickett. But the compromise he has agreed to reportedly extends reciprocity to other states in exchange for voluntary background checks at gun shows, which isn’t good enough for the Bloomberg lobbying group. It is welcome news for Virginia activists.
It may not be a good year for Democrat governors. Out in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee is furious after the State Senate last Friday refused to confirm his Transportation Director, effectively firing her, as reported by the Seattle Times. But Lynn Peterson’s tenure has seen the Interstate 405 traffic debacle unfold. On the other hand, she was reportedly praised for a quick response when the I-5 bridge collapsed at the Skagit River and repairs were swiftly made, and she also handled the mess created by the Oso mudslide.
And on Saturday, Inslee’s Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke resigned. This came after the state mistakenly released several prison inmates earlier than they should have been.
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