McAuliffe Vetoes Gun Rights Bill

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill dealing with gun rights in Virginia, marking the first time he has used that power as governor.

The bill was meant to clarify an existing law that says gun owners without concealed-carry permits can have their guns in the car in a secured area like a glove box.

The hold-up is whether the area has to be locked.

Delegate Ben Cline, who represents parts of Augusta County and sponsored the bill, said court rulings say the areas don't have to be locked; however, McAuliffe asked the bill be amended to say the compartments have to be locked, although the bill still passed in both the Senate and House.

Cline said the bill is a safety matter and this would make it easier for people to reach for their guns if they need them without having to go through locks

"I'm disappointed, but not surprised. The governor has a long record of rhetoric of limiting gun rights of Americans, and so, with his friendship with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg," said Cline.

Cline said he thinks the bill will be defeated for now, but that case law is on the side of allowing people to have guns in their cars without needing it to be locked away. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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