Kaine vetoes gun, death penalty bills

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Tim Kaine has vetoed legislation that would have expanded the death penalty and made it easier to purchase and carry guns.

Kaine vetoed bills Friday that would have expanded the death penalty to accomplices in murders and to those who kill on-duty fire marshals or auxiliary police officers.

Kaine also rejected legislation that would have allowed those with concealed carry permits and retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol.

Also vetoed:

- an exemption for active duty service members from the state's one-handgun-per-month purchase limit and allowing those applying for a concealed carry permit to complete the required firearms training online.

- a bill that would have prohibited local law enforcement agencies who held voluntary gun buyback programs from destroying the weapons.

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