House Bill 827, which repeals local gun control, PASSED on the House Floor Thursday, on a 52-48 vote. This bill restores Virginia’s firearm preemption law to prevent localities from passing their own restrictions on Second Amendment rights. It will now move to the Senate for further consideration.Ever since the General Assembly allowed them to do so, anti-gun jurisdictions have created a confusing patchwork of carry restrictions that are difficult to know and obey and result in arbitrary boundaries that disarm law-abiding citizens without doing anything to keep armed criminals out.
Over in the Senate, SB 487 is a bad bill that is moving forward. The sole focus on firearms and the description of the proposed “center” make it clear this is political and not about finding solutions. Violence is violence. The violent person is the problem, not whatever tool that is used. Please contact your Senator urging him or her to oppose this bill.
All of the anti-gun bills in the House have been killed. Dozens of bills are still pending, and you may follow VCDL’s status updates here.
MY OTHER LEGISLATION MAKING PROGRESS
Monday, the full Education Committee will vote on two of my bills: HB 789 Providing parental opt-in rather than opt-out for family life education and HB 1100 to help ensure our public school buildings meet standards for maintenance and operations.
Early next week in subcommittees, we have two bills up Monday morning - HB 788 to improve the existing Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) program, and HB 1024 Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts. The following morning, I will present HB 787 to prohibit political indoctrination like CRT in our public schools, and HB 1036 limiting school boards’ powers re. mask mandates.
Several of my bills have been incorporated into other similar or identical House bills, including the following:
COVID-19 Response and Medical Freedom:
HB 783 Providing a religious exception to “emergency” vaccines – Moving forward as HB 306
HB 976 Restore power to doctors, pharmacists and patients for off-label uses of FDA-approved medications– Moving forward as HB 102
Elections and Voting Reform:
HB 941 Stopping voter registration up through Election Day – Moving forward as HB 185
HB 942 Photo ID required for voting – Moving forward as HB 46
HB 945 Absentee voting in-person available only 14 days prior to election (down from 45 days) – Moving forward as HB 39
HB 1101 Prohibiting outside organizations from selectively funding elections – Moving forward as HB 205
Several of my other bills, including one to limit executive branch emergency powers to protect fundamental rights, one to provide transparency and accountability in law enforcement collective bargaining agreements, and more, will be heard later this week, as Friday is the deadline for most legislation to be voted out of committees and to the House Floor.
SCHOOL BOARDS VIOLATING THE GOVERNOR'S ODER AND PARENTS' RIGHTS