Assembly blocks out-of-state access to handgun permits

By Lyndsey Raynor
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – It is now up to Gov. Terry McAuliffe whether to sign into law legislation that would prohibit certain out-of-state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued by the commonwealth of Virginia.

The House of Delegates gave final approval Tuesday to the measure, Senate Bill 948. The vote was 66-33, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it. SB 948 now advances to McAuliffe for consideration.

If signed into law, states like Maryland would not have access to concealed weapon permit data from the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Maryland does not recognize concealed handgun permits issued by Virginia.

How they voted

Here is how the House voted Tuesday on SB 948 (“Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information”).

Floor: 02/17/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 33-N)

YEAS – 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 – 66.

NAYS – 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 – 33.

NOT VOTING – Gilbert – 1.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Falls Church, spoke against the bill during Tuesday’s session. He said the measure would be dangerous for in-state and out-of-state law enforcement.

“This causes problems for law enforcement because law enforcement wants to have instant access to accurate information about the presence or possible presence of firearms in vehicles when they do traffic stops and when they arrest folks,” Simon said.

“To the extent that we are telling folks in states that don’t have reciprocity that we are withholding that information from you, we’re inviting them to do the same thing to us.”

Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, suggested that if states like Maryland would cooperate with Virginia, their police officers would be a lot safer.

“It’s the policy of entrapment that has been used based on the concealed carry exchange information that has precipitated this,” Marshall said.

The bill comes after gun owners in Virginia and other states expressed concerns about being targeted by Maryland State Police.

Capital News Service is a student news-gathering program sponsored by the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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