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Delegate Rich Anderson put in a bill, HB 1673, to protect Virginia's law-abiding citizens from an ever-growing government surveillance overreach using automatic license-plate readers and other devices. Senator Chap Petersen has a matching Senate bill: SB 965.

The BATFE had considered using automated license plate readers at gun shows to get information on the attendees. Supposedly they never implemented the idea, but the concept is scary and could be used for other activities as well.

HB 1673 and SB 965 passed virtually unanimously in both the Senate and the House, but the Governor decided to change the bills any how. His changes dramatically increase how long the police can keep information from such surveillance when no evidence of criminal activity is found. The bills allowed 7 days, but the Governor wants 60 days! McAuliffe also exempted all non-license-plate-reader surveillance techniques from the law.

The Governor is in love with a big, all-powerful government. His changes are good for a police state, but they are not so good if you happen to value your personal liberty.

We need to get the General Assembly to reject the Governor's changes.

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SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR DELEGATE, click here:

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SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR SENATOR, click here:

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I just got word from EM Bob Sadtler that a bill introduced by Delegate Mark Cole, and that VCDL backed, has been effectively brought back to life in a Governor's recommended change to another bill!

The key wording from Cole's HB 1287, which keeps items from being forfeited to the government until after a person has actually been found guilty of the crime and all appeals have been exhausted, has been dropped into Senator Marsden's bill, SB 721, by the Governor. (SB 721 deals with seizures, too. It ensures that seized items are inventoried and the inventory given to the person whose items were seized.)

Cole's HB 1287 originally passed the House by a huge margin, passed out of the Senate Courts of Justice committee, only to die in the Senate Finance committee.

VCDL backed Cole's bill because of the disproportionately-high number of seizures involving firearms.


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We need to contact our legislators to encourage them to ACCEPT the Governor's recommended changes to SB 721.


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VA-ALERT: List of gun-bill votes for 2015

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Here are the detailed votes and actions that were scored in the VCDL 2015 Scorecards. You can search for your legislators to see each and every vote or action that the legislators took on this year’s gun bills.


PRO-GUN BILLS THAT PASSED OUT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY


SB948, Senator Stuart - This bill prohibits the Virginia State Police from providing Virginia concealed handgun permittee information to law enforcement in states that do not have a reciprocal licensing agreement with Virginia. This would prevent states that are hostile to gun ownership, such as Maryland, from going on .fishing trips. to find an excuse to arrest or harrass Virginia concealed handgun permit holders.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Senator Stuart

Senate Courts of Justice:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Obenshain, Edwards, Puller, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin
Voting anti-gun: Senators Saslaw, Howell, Lucas, McEachin

Senate Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Black, Carrico, Chafin, Colgan, Cosgrove, Edwards, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Barker, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Petersen, Puller, Saslaw, Wexton

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Wright, Gilbert, Webert, Fariss
Voting anti-gun: Delegate Tyler

House Militia, Police and Public Safety full committee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Lingamfelter, Wright, Cline, Gilbert, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Morris, Fariss, O'Quinn, Head, Rush, Fowler, Berg
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Tyler, Hope, Surovell, Kory, Lopez, Simon, Rasoul

House Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates BaCote, Bulova, Carr, Davis, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Rust, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts

Veto Override Senate vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Black, Carrico, Chafin, Cosgrove, Edwards, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Petersen, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Barker, Colgan, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Puller, Saslaw, Wexton

Governor McAuliffe: anti-gun vote

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SB1191, Senator Norment, Jr. - This bill changes the felony charge for having a firearm on school property to apply only if the person does so knowingly. This is particularly important for exclusive school events held off of school property.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Senator Norment

Senate Courts of Justice:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Norment, Obenshain, Edwards, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin
Voting anti-gun: Senators Saslaw, Howell, Puller, McEachin

Senate Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Alexander, Black, Carrico, Chafin, Cosgrove, Dance, Edwards, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Marsden, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Miller, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Petersen, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Barker, Colgan, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, McEachin, Puller, Saslaw, Wexton

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Wright, Gilbert, Webert, Fariss, Tyler
Voting anti-gun: NONE

House Militia, Police and Public Safety full committee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Lingamfelter, Wright, Cline, Gilbert, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Morris, Fariss, O'Quinn, Head, Rush, Fowler, Berg, Tyler, Hope, Surovell, Kory, Lopez, Simon, Rasoul
Voting anti-gun: NONE

House Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Bulova, Byron, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Futrell, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Hodges, Hope, Hugo, Ingram, James, Joannou, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Kory, Krupicka, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, McClellan, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, Murphy, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Preston, Ramadan, Ransone, Rasoul, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Stolle, Surovell, Taylor, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, Watts, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates BaCote, McQuinn, Morrissey, Plum, Sullivan

Governor McAuliffe: pro-gun vote

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SB1137, Senator Garrett - This bill exempts concealed handgun permit holders from any local bans on having loaded rifles or shotguns in a vehicle on any public street, road, or highway. Currently law enforcement, military and any person who reasonably believes that a loaded rifle or shotgun is necessary for his personal safety in the course of his employment or business are exempted.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Senator Garrett

Senate Courts of Justice:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Norment, Obenshain, Edwards, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin
Voting anti-gun: Senators Saslaw, Howell, Puller, McEachin

Senate Floor vote #1 of 2:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Alexander, Black, Carrico, Chafin, Cosgrove, Edwards, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Petersen, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Barker, Colgan, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Saslaw, Wexton

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Wright, Gilbert, Webert, Fariss
Voting anti-gun: Delegate Tyler

House Militia, Police and Public Safety full committee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Lingamfelter, Wright, Cline, Gilbert, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Morris, Fariss, O'Quinn, Head, Rush, Fowler, Berg
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Tyler, Hope, Surovell, Kory, Lopez, Simon, Rasoul

House Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Albo, BaCote, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Rust, Sickles, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts, Yancey

Senate Floor vote #2 of 2:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Black, Carrico, Chafin, Cosgrove, Edwards, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Petersen, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Barker, Colgan, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Saslaw, Wexton

Governor McAuliffe: anti-gun vote

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HB2009, Delegate LaRock - This bill requires the chief law-enforcement officer to certify a request for the transfer of a firearm that is covered under the National Firearms Act (NFA), unless the officer knows the person receiving the firearms is prohibited from doing so. This bill will make ownership of NFA firearms uniform across the state. Currently the chief law-enforcement officers in some jurisdictions refuse to do any such certification, while others do them as a matter of course.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Senator LaRock
VCDL requested bill: Senator LaRock

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Wright, Gilbert, Webert, Fariss
Voting anti-gun: Delegate Tyler

House Militia, Police and Public Safety full committee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Lingamfelter, Wright, Cline, Gilbert, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Webert, Morris, Fariss, O'Quinn, Head, Rush, Fowler, Berg
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Tyler, Hope, Surovell, Lopez, Simon, Rasoul

House Floor vote #1 of 2:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates BaCote, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, Lindsey, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts

Senate Courts of Justice:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Obenshain, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin
Voting anti-gun: Senators Norment, Saslaw, Howell, Edwards, McEachin

Senate Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Black, Carrico, Chafin, Colgan, Cosgrove, Deeds, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Miller, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Barker, Dance, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, Petersen, Saslaw, Wexton

House Floor vote #2 of 2:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Spruill, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Sickles, Simon, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts

Veto Override House vote:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates BaCote, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, Lindsey, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts

Veto Override Senate vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Black, Carrico, Chafin, Cosgrove, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Barker, Colgan, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Petersen, Puller, Saslaw, Wexton

Governor McAuliffe: anti-gun vote

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HB1666, Delegate Fowler, Jr. - This bill fixes an inequity that is currently in Virginia law. As the law is now, a person who has had their civil rights restored by the Governor for a non-violent felony committed in Virginia, can only get their gun rights restored if they currently live in Virginia! This bill allows a nonresident to be able to petition the circuit court where they were originally convicted to have their gun rights restored. Some states, like North Carolina, will restore a person.s gun rights, but only if they had their gun rights restored in the state where they were convicted. A person who has moved out of Virginia is left in a hopeless situation currently.

Because this bill only had two anti-gun votes (Delegates Plum and Toscano) as it moved through committees and the Floor of both bodies, it is not being counted except to give Delegate Fowler a pro-gun vote for introducing it.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Delegate Fowler
VCDL requested bill: Delegate Fowler

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HB2286, Delegate Webert - This bill recognizes firearms rights restoration of other states.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Delegate Webert

House Courts of Justice, Criminal Law subcommittee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Bell, Robert B., Cline, Gilbert, Miller, Villanueva, Morris, Adams, Watts, Herring, Mason
Voting anti-gun: NONE

House Courts of Justice full committee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Albo, Kilgore, Bell, Robert B., Gilbert, Miller, Loupassi, Villanueva, Habeeb, Morris, Leftwich, Adams, Campbell, LaRock, Watts, Mason
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Toscano, Herring, McClellan, Hope, Lindsey

House Floor vote #1 of 2:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hugo, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Albo, BaCote, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Krupicka, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Rust, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts

Senate Courts of Justice committee:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Norment, Obenshain, Edwards, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin
Voting anti-gun: Senators Saslaw, Howell, McEachin

Senate Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Black, Carrico, Chafin, Cosgrove, Deeds, Edwards, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Barker, Colgan, Dance, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Petersen, Puller, Saslaw, Wexton

House Floor vote #2 of 2:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Albo, BaCote, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Murphy, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Rust, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts


Voting pro-gun: Mr. Speaker

Governor McAuliffe: anti-gun vote (attempt to damage a bill with bad changes

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HB2015, Delegate Surovell - This bill allows more than one firearm to be protected from bankruptcy proceedings,as long as the total value of the firearms does not exceed $3,000.

Since this bill passed almost unanimously all the way, it will not be counted other than to give Delegate Surovell a pro-gun vote for introducing it.

Patron Pro-Gun: Support Delegate Surovell

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SB848, Senator Stanley, Jr. - This bill creates the "Governor's Twenty" marksmanship award recognizing the top 20 pistol and rifle competitors at an annual marksmanship match held in Virginia.

Since this bill passed unanimously all the way, it will not be counted other than to give Senator Stanley a pro-gun vote for introducing it.

Patron Pro-Gun: Support Senator Stanley


PRO-GUN BILLS THAT WERE KILLED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR

SB1130, Senator Garrett - This bill repeals the ban on blackjacks, switchblades, ballistic knives, and throwing stars. Switchblades and ballistic knives are particularly useful to those with physical handicaps. Criminal misuse of such weapons is illegal, but mere possession should not be. The bill was first passed out of both bodies, only to be recalled in the House and defeated. Only the House's final vote is considered below.

Patron Pro-Gun: Strongly Support Senator Garrett
VCDL requested bill: Senator Garrett

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Wright, Gilbert, Webert, Fariss
Voting anti-gun: Delegate Tyler

House Militia, Police and Public Safety full committee:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Lingamfelter, Wright, Cline, Gilbert, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Morris, Fariss, O'Quinn, Head, Rush, Fowler, Berg
Voting anti-gun: Delegate Tyler, Hope, Surovell, Kory, Lopez, Simon, Rasoul

Senate Courts of Justice committee:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Norment, Obenshain, McDougle, Stuart, Vogel, Stanley, Reeves, Garrett, Chafin
Voting anti-gun: Senators Saslaw, Howell, Edwards, McEachin

House Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Delegates Adams, Anderson, Berg, Byron, Cline, Cole, Fariss, Gilbert, Ingram, Knight, Miller, Poindexter, Ransone, Rush, Taylor, Webert, Wright
Voting anti-gun: Delegates Albo, Austin, BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Bloxom, Bulova, Campbell, Carr, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Farrell, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Futrell, Garrett, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Hodges, Hope, Hugo, James, Joannou, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Kory, Krupicka, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Lopez, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, McClellan, McQuinn, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, Morrissey, Murphy, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Plum, Pogge, Preston, Ramadan, Rasoul, Robinson, Rust, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Stolle, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, Watts, Wilt, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker

Senate Floor vote:

Voting pro-gun: Senators Barker, Black, Carrico, Chafin, Colgan, Cosgrove, Garrett, Hanger, Lewis, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Petersen, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins
Voting anti-gun: Senators Alexander, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Locke, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Saslaw, Wexton

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VA-ALERT: VCDL legislator voting record is posted!

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VCDL’S NEW VOTING RECORD SCORECARD

You now have a new tool to use when considering who to vote for and who to support in the General Assembly!

It’s been quite a while since VCDL has provided a voting record for legislators and we’ve never done one like this before.

I’ve written some software to help automate the laborious task of creating a voting record for 140 legislators. Thanks to that software we have been able to not only score the 2015 General Assembly session, but we’ve gone back to score the 2014 and 2013 sessions, as well. We can go back further if we wish.


HOW THE VOTING RECORD WAS COMPILED

The beauty of this new voting record system is that it WEIGHS votes based upon each bill’s importance to gun owners and creates a “score." It also allows us to apply a weighted score to non-voting actions which impact bills, such as pocket vetoes by the Speaker of the House, pocket vetoes by a committee chairman, and rulings on germaneness by the Speaker ("For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” Luke 12:48).

We count every vote on the contentious gun bills (where the bills are not passing by massive majorities) - subcommittee votes, full committee votes, Floor votes, conference committee votes. We also add points for introducing pro-gun bills (negative points for anti-gun bills) and an additional positive points for introducing a bill on VCDL’s behalf.

Thus, legislators will have varying total scores, depending on how often they get to vote on any given bill, if they introduce gun bills, and if they introduce a bill on VCDL’s behalf.

Each voting record scorecard is contained in a single PDF file, which has the voting record sorted by name, so you can quickly see your legislators’ scores. It also has the voting record sorted by the percentage pro-gun score, which allows you to see how your legislators stack up to everyone else.

If two legislators both have, say, a 100% voting record, the one with the most points will be considered to have the better overall voting record and will be sorted higher. That’s because that legislator had more chances to vote correctly or incorrectly, and we need to consider that fact.

The last section of each scorecard gives more details on how the scores are calculated.


SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE SCORES

VCDL has long been weary of pocket vetoes, where the Speaker and a committee chair never allow a vote on a bill, causing it to die for a lack of attention. One or two people, out of 140, should not be allowed to determine the fate of a bill. Gun owners have been the victims of pocket vetoes of many important bills - from Constitutional Carry bills to Airport Carry to K-12 Carry.

In 2013 the bills that were introduced were mostly mild and there weren’t any pocket vetoes. In that year the Speaker and the House committee chairs had excellent voting records. But again, there were not many really strong bills introduced that year. Even a few normally very anti-gun Senators got high scores because they voted on only a few gun bills and the bills were mild enough, or dealt with things like privacy, that they supported the bills (Favola and Northam fall into that category). The pro-Second Amendment leader-of-the-pack in the House in 2013 was Delegate Todd Gilbert and in the Senate it was a three-way tie: Senators Tom Garrett, Mark Obenshain, and Jill Vogel.

In 2014 a whole lot of aggressive, pro-liberty bills were introduced, many by Republican freshmen, but also by more senior legislators. The pocket vetoes that year flowed like wine, changing some ratings dramatically. The Speaker’s pro-gun rating dropped from 100% in 2013 all the way down to 36% in 2014, putting him at the bottom of the pack for House Republicans. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, who headed the critical Militia, Police, and Public Safety committee, where most of the the pocket vetoed bills ended up, also took a hit, dropping from a 94% rating in 2013 to a 60% rating in 2014. The leader-of-the-pack in the House in 2014 was Delegate Todd Gilbert (again) and in the Senate it was Senator Tom Garrett (again).

In 2015 another large group of excellent bills were introduced and, again, there were a lot of pocket vetoes. Although the Speaker improved his score, he still received a dismal 59% pro-gun score and Delegate Lingamfelter jumped back up to 90%, he exercised few pocket vetoes in his committee. Delegate Steven Landes wasn’t so lucky as he is held accountable for the lion’s share of pocket vetoes in his committee (Education), which dragged his score down to 66%. The leader-of-the-pack in the House in 2015 was a two-way tie between Delegates Todd Gilbert (yet again) and Matthew Fariss and in the Senate it was Senator Tom Garrett (yet again). Garrett had one minor bad vote, giving him a 99% score, while Ben Chafin, Mark Obenshain, and Bryce Reeves all had perfect scores. But Garret had a dramatically higher number of points than anyone else giving him the final edge (Garrett introduced some strong bills and many on VCDL’s behalf - all of which increased his point count).

Because of the mild bills in 2013, the Democrats and Republicans intermixed on scores quite a bit.

In 2014 the only Democratic Senator to score up with the Republicans was Lynwood Lewis with a score of 67%. The Senate Democrats were pretty much at the bottom of the barrel other than that. The House Democrats had two stars - Johnny Joannou and Lynwood Lewis (Lewis served in both the House and the Senate that year, having won a special election) - both with 100% scores. Most of the House Democrats joined their Senate counterparts at the bottom of the barrel.

This year the best Senate Democrat was Lynwood Lewis (again), with an 87% score. John Edwards followed him with a disappointing 76% score. House Democrats were led by Johnny Joannou at 91%, leaving all the other House Democrats down in the mud.


HERE ARE THE SCORECARDS

Here is a link to all three of the voting record scorecards:

http://vcdl.org/scorecards

There will be a second email showing each gun vote in the 2015 session, allowing you to see exactly how your legislators voted on each bill that came before them.




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