G.A. to Bars: No Smoking but Guns Are Fine
February 26th, 2009 by WY Daily Staff
Gun-rights advocates argue that being able to enter a drinking establishment with a concealed weapon is important for their self-defense and would not increase violence.
Virginia Senate Bill 1035, a favorite of sponsor Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta, seeks to permit holders of concealed-weapon permits to enter drinking establishments with hidden guns as long as they don’t drink alcohol.
House lawmakers in favor of the “Hangar Bill” also modified the proposal by removing the requirement that concealed-weapons permit holders would need to inform a manager that they’re armed.
The amended bill cleared the Senate yesterday by a 22-16 vote. It needed five more votes to override a veto by Governor Timothy M. Kaine.
Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey said the Governor will veto the bill.
“The governor’s position on this hasn’t changed.”
Democratic Gubernatorial hopefuls Brian J. Moran and Terry McAuliffe are both opposed to the bill. Governor Kaine vetoed the bill last year.