Senator Vogel's locked container bill, which allows a loaded gun in a
locked container or a locked compartment in a vehicle or boat, SB
436, passed by a veto-proof 69 to 29!
This vote, too, was bipartisan and should send a strong message to
Governor Kaine that a large portion of the House and Senate want this
bill signed into law.
VCDL thanks the following Delegates for supporting this important bill:
Abbitt, Albo, Alexander, Armstrong, Athey, Barlow, Bell, Bouchard,
Bowling, Byron, Carrico, Cline, Cole, Cosgrove, Cox, Crockett-Stark,
Dance, Fralin, Frederick, Gear, Gilbert, Griffith, Hamilton, Hargrove,
Hogan, Algie Howell, Hugo, Iaquinto, Ingram, Janis, Joannou, Johnson,
Chris Jones, Kilgore, Landes, Lewis, Lingamfelter, Lohr, Loupassi,
Daniel Marshall, Bob Marshall, Massie, May, Merricks, Jackson Miller,
Morgan, Nichols, Nixon, Nutter, O'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Peace,
Phillips, Pogge, Poindexter, Pollard, Purkey, Putney, Saxman, Ed
Scott, Sherwood, Shuler, Suit, Tata, Valentine, Lee Ware, Wright, Mr.
Speaker (Bill Howell)
The battle for this bill was a strong one, as well.
The bill was carried on the Floor by Delegate Athey, who had an
identical bill that was never heard in the House.
Delegates Carrico and Jackson Miller deserve special thanks for
effectively rebutting Delegate McClellan, who said that the bill would
get police officers killed. Carrico, who is a retired Virginia State
Police officer, and Miller, who is currently a police officer with the
Prince William County PD, said that officers are trained to assume all
vehicles contain a weapon and that SB 436 would not endanger the