Virginia fails to overturn anti-gun Governor's vetoes of pro-2A legislation.
The reconvened session of the General Assembly on Wednesday upheld all of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes but did not adopt his amendment to reinstate Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law.
McAuliffe, a Democrat, has issued at least 40 vetoes this session and Republican lawmakers, in control of both chambers of the legislature, tried and failed to garner enough votes to override any of them. Among the measures that fell short were four pro-Second Amendment bills — SB 1299, SB 1300, HB 1852, and HB 1853 — that the governor argued would weaken the Commonwealth’s gun laws.
The House measures needed 67 votes to pass and only achieved 65 while the two Senate bills needed 27 and received 22-23. Republicans hold a 66 to 34 majority in the House and 21 seats in the Senate.
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