Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe just put a lot of innocent lives in his state at risk. On Friday, he vetoed a bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence, who have a protective order to carry a firearm concealed for up to 45 days without a permit.
House Bill 1852 would recognize that a person who has a protective order and is over 21 years of age to carry their gun concealed for up to 45 days after they receive the order. Additionally, it would give the person another 45 days if they chose to apply for a permanent concealed weapons permit.
The bill passes 63-31 in the house of delegates and 26-214 in the senate.
However, Governor McAuliffe vetoed the bill, which means it will take two-thirds in both houses to override it.
“The bill perpetuates the dangerous fiction that the victims of domestic violence will be safer by arming themselves,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “It would inject firearms into a volatile domestic violence situation, making that situation less safe, not more.”
“In 2014, there were 112 family and intimate-partner related homicides in Virginia,” he added. “Sixty-six of those deaths were with a firearm. I will not allow this bill to become law when too many Virginia women have already fallen victim to firearms violence at the hands of their intimate partner.”
There is a serious problem here. It is not Governor McAuliffe’s responsibility to ensure the safety of these individuals. It is their right and duty to protect themselves. The framers of our Constitution knew this and sought to enshrine those protections in the Second Amendment. Of course, that applies to the central government not infringing upon our rights, but it stems from the Declaration of Independence which says our rights come from our Creator. Therefore, even the states are usurping their authority to restrict and regulate the keeping and bearing of arms.
They are further infringing on that right by requiring that people pay for permission to carry their weapons, open or concealed.
Several pro-gun groups attacked the governor over his veto.
“Governor McAuliffe claims we don’t need to introduce a gun into a ‘volatile situation,’ where there is a protective order in place,” Philip Van Cleave, the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s president, told the Washington Free Beacon. “He’s completely wrong. That situation is exactly where we DO want to introduce a firearm. Knowledge that the victim is armed is a great incentive for the aggressor to stay away.”
“Protective orders really enrage the aggressor and the vetoed bill would have allowed the victim to be fully armed, yet in a discreet manner, even during those initial 48 hours,” he said. “Sadly, the governor’s veto will likely cost innocent lives.”
It is my opinion that Governor McAuliffe be held criminally negligent for any persons with a protective order who are injured or killed by those which the order is against.