From: Lisk, Thomas A <Thomas.Lisk@leclairryan.com>
Sent time: Thursday, March 20, 2008 9:15:35 AM
To: Rubin, Mark
Subject: FYI From
the Virginia Citizens Defense League website
VCDL has some video from tonight's town hall meeting with Governor
Kaine in Norfolk.
In that video (link is below), the Governor says point blank that SB
776, which he signed, does NOT let Commonwealth Attorneys carry
concealed in restaurants and drink! He tries to cloud the issue by
talking about only "sworn law enforcement" being able to carry in
restaurants and drink. But the law says nothing about having to be
sworn to do so.
The Governor graduated from HARVARD. He should know how to read basic
laws and understand them.
So, he is either trying to mislead the public about signing SB 776,
while vetoing SB 476, because it doesn't fit his mindless mantra about
"guns and alcohol not mixing" OR he needs to send his diploma back to
Harvard and never practice law again.
Thanks to Bruce Finkelstein for asking the Governor the question and
sending me the video.
Bruce said that another gun owner didn't let Kaine get away with that
answer and confronted him on the statement about Commonwealth
Attorneys not being able to carry and drink in restaurants shortly
after the video ends. Unfortunately, Bruce didn't capture that
exchange on video
The Governor said that the State Police told him that signing SB 476
would not be a good idea! I will say this again: the State Police
were specifically asked in the Senate Courts of Justice if they
opposed SB 476 and the State Police said that they "take no position
on the bill." They have NEVER taken a position on the repeal over the
Perhaps the Governor ordered the State Police to tell him that they
opposed the bill. Nothing would surprise me after hearing the ABC
oppose SB 476 on "behalf of the Administration."
If you watch the Governor's body language in the video, you will see
that he was not happy about addressing the SB 776/SB 476 debacle.
Well, he shouldn't be. He tried to play gun owners for suckers and
got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Kaine does not know VCDL well, but he should. We are NOT going to let
go until Kaine admits he was wrong about Commonwealth Attorneys not
being able to carry concealed handguns in restaurants and drink. We
want an apology for his actions on SB 776 and SB 476 and a promise to
support a restaurant ban repeal next year.
In the meantime, let's flood your local newspapers with LTEs on Kaine
not understanding the gun bills he is signing. Let's have LTEs that
talk about how Kaine said he doesn't believe that "guns and alcohol
mix," but then signs a bill that lets untrained, offduty,
Commonwealth Attorneys carry concealed in restaurants and drink, while
vetoing a bill that would have let concealed handgun permit holders
carry concealed in restaurants as long as they DIDN'T drink.
Let's turn the heat up and keep things nice and hot for the Governor!
Here is the video:
The monthly VCDL meeting in Annandale is tomorrow night
(Thursday) at 8 PM. Location and more information is on the VCDL
site. See you there!
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