Virginia laws regarding carry conceal laws are similar to many other states; if you wish to carry a concealed firearm, you must have a permit. In Virginia, the process to get a permit can take up to 45 days.
For a regular citizen, waiting 45 days to get your permit may be a slight annoyance, but it would not be overly prohibitive. For someone whose life might be in danger, waiting could mean the difference between life and death.
A new bill that just passed the House in Virginia is indicative of the new administration’s view of 2nd Amendment rights.
Delegate C. Todd Gilbert was the sponsor of the bill and says, “The essence of this is that we want to empower people, especially women, who find themselves in a position where they are in fear of their lives, to be able to protect themselves in a manner that they see fit.”
allows victims of domestic violence the ability to conceal carry before obtaining a concealed carry permit. Any person over the age of 21, who is not prohibited from owning a firearm, would have the legal right to carry a gun under the protection of a valid restraining order.
The victim would be allowed to conceal carry for up to 45 days after the restraining order was issued, giving them enough time to apply for and receive a permit.
Victims of domestic violence often find themselves caught in a difficult position. When they gain the courage to leave their abuser they frequently seek out a restraining order to protect themselves. While that is the lawful path and establishes a paper trail, it regularly puts the victims in more danger while they are awaiting trial.
Abusers are rarely happy to receive a restraining order. To them, it is embarrassing and of course, puts distance between them and the person they supposedly love. It can be what pushes them over the edge to a new level of violence.
Theon domestic abuse are staggering;
- 1 in 4 women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes.
- 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused each year as a result of domestic violence.
- Nearly 2.2 million people called local and national domestic violence hotlines in 2004.
- More than 1.35 million people accessed domestic violence victim services in 2005.
The issue is affecting millions directly and at least that many indirectly, meaning children or other family members. When a victim decides to get help, she should not have to fear for her safety even more.
Thiswould allow a victim some added protection during the dangerous time between a restraining order being issued and a trial.
Proponents of the bill argue that abusers could manipulate the system, resulting in more violence. Delegate Mark Levine (D) expressed his disagreement;
“No one wants to protect victims of domestic violence more than I, but one of the things that people tell me that practice in this area is that, increasingly, the abusers are seeking to muck with the system, are seeking to seek protective orders. The judge issues the protective order, and then, even if it’s prohibited under federal law … the clerk simply sees the order and the guy can now concealed carry and can do a lot of damage.”
It is true that there could be people seeking to abuse the bill. However, it has been proven that when criminals want guns, they find them, no matter the laws in place. It is highly unlikely that most abusers would bother using the legal system if they are going to commit the crime of murder.
Proponents of this bill are readying it for Virginia’s Senate now as well as related bills for the House and Senate. Thosewould provide funding for reimbursement of training expenses as well as information for those individuals seeking training under the protection of a protective order.
Anti-gun advocates will complain, whining about how Virginia should not be arming these women without a full screening process. Most of those people have never had to witness an enraged abuser track down his victim after receiving a restraining order. Rest assured, they would be singing a different tune if they had.
President Trump is a breath of fresh air for 2nd Amendment supporters.spent 8 years hacking away at gun rights and making it more difficult for citizens to protect themselves.
Trump has shown that he will go in the exact opposite direction. He has alreadysome of Obama’s gun laws and we expect to see more fall in the future.
States like Virginia can now begin to repair their laws, once again allowing responsible citizens to possess firearms for legal purposes. With a supportive President and a conservative Congress, we will be seeing many more freedoms in the months and years to come.
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