Virginia Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Allowing Those With Protective Orders to Carry Guns


Maybe this liberal cuck should lose his personal protection detail.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) vetoed a bill on Friday that aimed to allow victims of domestic violence to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a permit.

House Bill 1852 would allow anyone in Virginia who has a protective order and is over 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit for up to 45 days after the order is issued. It would then give anyone with an active order an additional 45 days to carry concealed should they apply for a permanent concealed-handgun permit, which can take up to 45 days to process. The person with the protective order would be required to show police the order or permit application and photo ID if stopped.

Governor McAuliffe noted in a statement that the bill bypasses the training and background check requirements associated with obtaining a Virginia concealed handgun permit and said it would make domestic violence situations worse, not better. “The bill perpetuates the dangerous fiction that the victims of domestic violence will be safer by arming themselves,” he said. "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. 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.”

McAuliffe’s office did not respond to questions about whether the governor believed victims of domestic violence should ever arm themselves or what victims, especially those located far from police stations, should do if they find themselves in life-threatening situations.

Gun-rights advocates who championed the bill decried the governor’s veto and said it would likely cost innocent lives.

“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.”

Van Cleave said the first 48 hours after a protective order is issued are the most crucial time for a potential victim to be armed.

“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.”

The bill passed by a vote of 63-31 in the house of delegates and 26-14 in the senate. A veto override would require a two-thirds majority in both houses.

The National Rifle Association said McAuliffe’s veto was driven by his association with gun control groups.
“Victims of domestic abuse should be free to protect themselves with more than a piece of paper,” Catherine Mortensen, a spokesperson for the NRA’s lobbying arm, told the Beacon. “This bill would allow a victim of abuse who already has a protective order to immediately protect herself with a concealed firearm. Governor McAuliffe is siding with the gun control lobby that funds his campaign over victims of abuse who want more than a piece of paper to protect themselves.”


How is this asshole still in office? His wife gave a 675k bribe to the wife of the FBI Agent running the Clinton email investigation. Now he wants to put victims of domestic violence at risk?


If it pleases the crown, may victims of domestic abuse be allowed to protect thy selves?


McAuliffe has broken the record of vetos by any Governor in the history of Virginia. The state House and Senate pass bills into law and he vetos anything he doesn’t like.


Virginia limits its governors to a single term of four years, so McAuliffe doesn’t have too much longer to go. No doubt Virginians will breath a deep sigh of relief.


This is a brilliant and courageous decision by Governor McAuliffe. Introducing a gun into a situation like this is asking for trouble. I’m sure that the women of Virginia are thankful that their Governor is looking out for them and stopping legislation that would put their lives in greater danger.


You’re right!!! A woman or man having the ability to protect themselves is ridiculous! Great post comrade!!!


You didn’t read the Governor’s statement. The requisite licensing and training necessary for an inexperienced person to handle a gun would be sidelined. Are you advocating for irresponsible gun ownership? Are you saying that guns have a place in domestic violence situations?

Please respond without referring to the propaganda you find on the NRA website.


I’m saying that a firearm is a force equalizer when a 100lb woman has to face a 200lb man and vice versa… Please respond with passion in your heart to the thousands of victims of domestic abuse.


I’m sorry, I should have concluded with comrade. My apologies.


That applies to any weapon in the hands of someone trained to use it. The point is the training and licensing is bypassed, making an already dangerous situation that much more dangerous.

I never thought I would hear a gun person say that we need to put guns in the hands of people who aren’t trained in basic firearm safety or marksmanship.

Oh, and please hold the high school insults. I’m not a “comrade” as I didnt vote to put Trump in the White House - the Russians and their supporters did.


I apologize, I had no idea that kitchen knives needed to be regulated by the state or federal government. Let me know when the government decides to start making Krav Maga classes mandatory for the proletariat.

I’m sorry, I just assume that the leftist socialists in America decided to double down on marxist theory.I apologize comrade.


I just realized I brought up Israel!!! I’M SO SORRY. I know you see Israel as the aggressor and I certainly wouldn’t want to anger the Palestinians or ANTIFA with my heretical thoughts!.