not popular. It takes leadershipand guts. Others will tell you theyhave good voting records whilerepresenting conservative coun-ties. I put the bills in and led fromthe front, all while representingFairfax.As a State Senator from Fairfax,I proved that I was on the side of gun owners across the Common-wealth by being a consistentchampion of our Second Amend-ment rights. Duringmy tenure, I:• Worked for the repeal of unrea-sonable restrictions on con-cealed carry permit holders andfor reciprocity between statesthat issue concealed carry per-mits.• Successfully advanced the billthat finally stopped counties fromrequiring duplicate local back-ground checks when purchasing afirearm—checks that those countiesused asnothing more than a back-door wait-ing period on law-abiding Virginians.• Fought for and won protections forlaw-abiding gun owners, despite com-ing from some of the most anti-gunpolitical territory in the entire Com-monwealth.When I ran for Attorney General, Iwas endorsed by organizations in-cluding the Virginia Shooting SportsAssociation, Virginia Citizens De-fense League, Gun Owners of Ameri-ca and had an A+rating from the Na-tional Rifle Association. Without yourhelp, I would not be in the position Iam today to defend our rights.I have continued my fight against theliberal gun-grabbers. I have led aneffort among states to have a Mary-land law barring law-abiding citizensfrom carrying outside their ownhomes (similar to the
case, butoutside the home) declared unconsti-tutional.As Attorney General, I am the law-yer for each government agency. Itis still true that lawyers merely ad-vise, while clients (state agencies)decide. When I was in the privatesector there were only two timesthat my clients did not take my rec-ommendations. Since I got into gov-ernment, I lost count of how manytimes state agencies didn’t heed myadvice. That’s exactly why I’m running forgovernor—to become the decision-maker and your advocate for gunrights. As your governor, I promiseto continue my record of defendingourconstitutional rights. We must main-tain the progress we have made inthe Commonwealth onthis issue.When I lived in Fairfax, I was amember of the Arlington-FairfaxIzaak Walton League. I’m an avidshooter. I always look forward torange time (especially skeet).I ask for your continued support in mybid to become Virginia’s next gover-nor because I understand the philo-sophical basis of the Second Amend-ment, the practical application as afellow sportsman, and most importantI am the only person running who hasbeen a leader in the fight to defendour Constitutional right to keep andbear arms.
Also passed by the General Assem-bly and signed by the GovernorwereSB1363andHB2317which
provide that residency for membersof the armed forces includes boththe member’s permanent duty postand the nearby state in whichthe military personnel resides forthe purposes of firearms purchases. Another bill of interest to gun own-the Circuit Court and get the per-mit holders in their localities. TheFredericksburg Freelance Star wasfamous for printing the names of individuals who were recently is-sued permits. With the passage of SB1335, they will no longer be ableto do this. This was the biggest vic-tory of the Session for Virginia gunowners.ers that passed and was signed bythe Governor was Delegate ScottLignamfelter’sHB1833which clearsup much of the confusion in theConcealed Weapon Statute in theCode of Virginia. The statute hadbeen amended so many times that itwas increasingly difficult to navi-gate.
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