Virginia lawmakers have passed two pro-gun rights laws.
HB2114, introduced by State Delegate David Nutter (R-7), was signed into law on Friday, March 27. This bill will restrict access to the Virginia concealed carry permit holder list maintained by the Virginia State Police, making that information confidential. The only information that would be allowed to be released to the general public would be non-identifying statistical information. In a violation of privacy, the Roanoke Times abused this data by creating a public online database with information on Virginia’s Right-to-Carry permit holders, allowing criminals and thieves to target homes that contain firearms.
Signed on Monday, March 30, SB1513/HB1655, sponsored by State Senator Ralph Smith (R-22) and State Delegate Charles Carrico (R-5), states that a court may award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and court costs to any entity that prevails in an action challenging an ordinance, resolution, motion, or administrative action as being in conflict with a locality’s authority to control firearms.
Thanks to the NRA for the information on the passage of the laws.