Oh, No, Where Ever Can I Put my Glock 17 Now?

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has vetoed a bill that would allow drivers to keep loaded guns in their cars and boats without a criminal background check or firearms training. According to Christina Nuckols at the Virginian-Pilot, Kaine said the measure “presents a danger to our law enforcement officers, who risk their lives for Virginians on a daily basis while patrolling our Commonwealth’s roads and highways.”

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police opposes the legislation. Executive Director Dana Schrad said the bill would create a confusion by opening a loophole in existing laws requiring concealed weapon permits. “We just felt the safety of police officers was put at too great a risk.”

A gun-rights advocate said the veto won’t protect police because criminals would ignore the law anyway.

If I’m reading this right, if you pack heat and you really, really want to stash a pistol in your glove compartment, you still can — as long as you pass a criminal background check or have firearms training. The only people who could possibly object to this are the radical civil libertarians of the right who, in my book, are almost as loonie as the radical civil libertarians of the left.

Frankly, I’d prefer that the General Assembly focus its attention of addressing the issues that matter to the other 98 percent of the population.

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7 responses to “Oh, No, Where Ever Can I Put my Glock 17 Now?”

  1. Waldo Jaquith Avatar
    Waldo Jaquith

    I’ve never understood the goal of this bill, in part because I can’t sympathize with the desire to carry around a loaded gun. As a child I was taught that if you’re not shooting, your gun should be unloaded. The idea of carrying around a loaded, hidden gun really freaks me out. It sure seems dangerous.

  2. Shaun Kenney Avatar
    Shaun Kenney

    As a purely academic exercise…

    What precisely is the government’s business as to whether or not I carry a loaded firearm in the glove compartment of my car?

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Gosh, if you really want to get the House majority’s attention forget taxes, education, transportation or health care and focus on something that’s really important like, say, guns, gays or God.

  4. Jim Bacon Avatar
    Jim Bacon

    If the individual in question is you, Shaun Kenney, law-abiding citizen, nobody’s going to care. But if it’s a convicted meth dealer recently released from prison, I’m not happy about the guy stashing a gun in his car. Now, the convicted meth dealer isn’t likely to be deterred by obscure laws on the books. But that’s not the point. The point is if a cop pulls him over and searches his car and finds the gun, he’s got grounds to put the guy back in the slammer — which is probably a good thing.

  5. Waldo, just because you were taught a certain way, doesn’t mean it was right. I suggest you were deprived of a proper firearms education. I wonder if you think our soldiers who are in combat zones, should go around with unloaded weapons as well. Should they? No, of course not… and neither should someone walking around up on Church Hill in Richmond. And anytime you want to put your “firearms education” to the test, feel free to let me know..and you and I can go to the range with a box of .45 ball and see who got the better education 🙂 I’m dead serious.

  6. GOPHokie Avatar

    Jim, cant we lock up that meth dealer if hes caught with a gun anyway?
    Hes not allowed to have one to start with, regardless of whether this law passed or not.
    I thought felons weren’t allowed to have guns until they get their rights reinstated.

  7. Anonymous Avatar

    This bill just goes to show how much power the NRA has over the GA and the fear it instills in elected officials.

    Bills like this come up and legislators are practically forced to support them because they know that if they don’t the good ‘ol boys from the NRA will be on their A$$.

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