Gun bills pass both houses of General Assembly

Posted by Steve Taggart

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two major bills to expand the rights of gun owners were passed Tuesday at the General Assembly.

The state senate passed a measure that would allow permit holders to conceal their handguns while in a bar or restaurant as long as they are not drinking.  The House of Delegates passed a bill that would repeal the one gun a month bill.

Gun rights supporters applauded the measures. Gun control advocates claimed they would just lead to more crime.

"In all fairness to individuals who are law abiding and who obey the laws as they are currently written, it puts them at a disadvantage to those who ignore the law," said Sen. Emmett Hanger (R).

"We had the reputation as being the 'gun running capital of the east', that kind of reputation, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentleman, led to the bill being passed at that time," said Del. Ken Plum (D).

Both bills still need the approval of their opposite houses before going to the governor for his signature.

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