Gun rights supporters are coming out of the woodwork to oppose Gov. McAuliffe’s ban on concealed carry.
Via ABC News:
Gun rights advocates blasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to ban concealed handguns in state-owned office buildings Wednesday, saying the governor’s actions jeopardize public safety.
“Gun-free zones are a magnet to people who want to do harm; they are a magnet to terrorists,” said Vicki Lindsey from Chesterfield, echoing similar comments made by several other advocates.
McAuliffe issued an emergency executive order last year banning concealed guns from most state-owned office buildings as part of a package of measures he said would prevent gun violence. The state’s Department of General Services took public comment in Richmond on Wednesday as part of its process for making the governor’s order permanent, likely in the early part of next year.
The Democratic governor, an outspoken advocate for greater gun control measures, is unlikely to reverse course, despite the opposition raised at Wednesday’s hearing. Republican lawmakers have denounced McAuliffe’s order, but don’t have enough votes to pass veto-proof legislation to undo it.
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