Stop Gun Violence Virginia License Plate – Legislative Update 2/4/18

Stop Gun Violence Virginia License Plate
Stop Gun Violence Virginia License Plate

Virginia – -( As was mentioned in a previous Alert, Church Carry (HB 1180, LaRock) has cleared the full Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee and is headed to the House Floor for a vote, probably on Wednesday.

Sadly, the vote was along party lines. I firmly believe that some of the Democrats who voted against HB 1180 didn’t really understand that 18.2-283 interferes with a church’s ability to control its own security measures.

Here are the Delegates on the committee who voted to give churches more control over their own security by repealing 18.2-283 (all Republicans):

Cline, Wright, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Webert, Fariss, O’Quinn, Head, Rush, Freitas, Brewer

Here are the Delegates on the committee who voted to continue limiting church’s control over their own security (all Democrats):

Tyler, Kory, Simon, Rasoul, Bell, John J., Levine, Adams, D.M., Carter, Carroll Foy

Stop Gun Violence Virginia License Plate

There is a license plate bill (HB 287, Simon) with the message “Stop Gun Violence” that has cleared the House and is headed to the Senate. Virginia Citizens Defense League opposes the message because it is not denouncing all violence, only violence perpetrated using a gun. The implication that beating someone to death is acceptable, but shooting them to death isn’t acceptable.


However, as misguided as the message is, bills like this usually pass. NRA has license plates one can order, for example.

When the license plate bill got to the House Floor, Republicans did modify it. The final version of the bill was amended by Delegate Matt Fariss to require that $15, of the additional $25 fee for such a custom plate, goes to the Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Fund and used to enhance and ensure for the coming years, the quality of care and treatment provided to individuals receiving public mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services in Virginia.

If the plate had been worded “Stop Violence,” I think the support would have been unanimous and Virginia Citizens Defense League would not have opposed the bill.

Here are those few who stood on principle and voted against the license plate bill with its off-key message:

Bell, Richard P., Cline, Freitas, Gilbert, Landes, O’Quinn, Poindexter, Wright

No Gun Safe Sales Tax

HB 172, Delegate Filler-Corn, provides there will be no sales tax for gun safes that cost less than $1,000 (such as Gun Vault safes), was defeated in the House Finance Subcommittee #3 by a vote of 5 to 3:

Voting to support gun owners (all Democrats):

Keam, Kory, Lindsey

Voting against gun owners (all Republicans):

Pogge, Ware, Orrock, Byron, Hugo


Virginia Citizens Defense League

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):


Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

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