The Pilot fears everyone ... everyone that is, EXCEPT the Capitol Police:
Leave guns outside House chambers
Yeah? Crimes do happen, too.Whel Del. Joe Morrissey hoisted an AK-47 above his head, thumb inside the trigger guard, on the House floor during the last legislative session, lawmakers and spectators grew noticeably uncomfortable. A Republican delegate admonished his Democratic colleague to keep his finger away from the trigger.
Hope said he knows of at least a handful of lawmakers who carry concealed firearms into the House. Those weapons do little to enhance security in a place already patrolled by armed Capitol Police. In fact, the presence of concealed firearms affords an opportunity for those obviously untrained in safe handling techniques - as Morrissey superbly demonstrated - to carry dangerous weapons onto the House floor. Virginia's requirements for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed firearm are notoriously weak and require no demonstration of gun safety or proficiency.
Instead of promoting safety, the current arrangement provides a greater risk for harm to lawmakers, legislative staff members and visitors through accidental discharge. Accidents do happen ...
I'm untrained - therefore YOU can't be trusted, either!