2nd Amendment Rights...They just dont get it
Another take. Lowell at Raising Kaine has the spin machine in high gear with this post. He is appalled as usual at HB162. He thens quotes this story from the WAPO about a gun accidentally firing and killing a State Trooper. Oh what spin. Let us first know that Virginians can legally carry loaded weapons in their car and on their person. That follows our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The key words being 'keep and bear." Here is the wording of HB162
A. No person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity shall maintain, establish, or enforce any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting a person who may lawfully possess a firearm from storing a firearm locked in or locked to a firearms rack in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, parking space, or other similar property set aside for motor vehicles.
B. No person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity shall be liable in any civil action for any occurrence that results from or is connected to the use of a firearm that was lawfully stored pursuant to subsection A, unless the person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity commits a criminal act involving the use of the firearm.
C. Any person may enforce this section by filing a petition for injunction in the court of record of the county or city in which the person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity prohibiting the firearm is located. The court shall award actual damages, court costs, and attorney fees to a prevailing plaintiff.
D. This section shall not apply to (i) § 18.2-308.1, relating to possession of firearms on school property and at school activities; (ii) vehicles on privately owned property to which access is restricted or limited through the use of a gate, security station, or other means of restricting or limiting general public access onto the property; or (iii) vehicles owned or leased by an employer or business entity and used by an employee in the course of his employment.
When companies started making rules that prohibit my right to keep and bear firearms this violates my rights. This bill in no way expands gun owners rights. It does ensure our rights granted under the constitution. If I cant safely keep and store my firearm while at work then that means I cant carry my firearm on the trip to and from work. That violates my rights. In simple terms if I want to hunt or go to the range after work I would not have to make unnecessary trips to get my gun. It also allows me my right to protect myself and property on such a trip. This bill ensures my rights granted under the constitution and clears any business of liability for the gun. That works! The bill passed the house by a 3-1 margin. Good deal! Thanks go out to Puckett, Phillips, Kilgore, and Carrico for supporting our rights. Now the trooper story is tragic, on that I agree with Lowell. It sounds like the trooper did not secure the truck before moving it. I am sure protocol is to search and secure anything in that truck before moving it. While very sad, it most likely was the troopers fault. The telling factor here is what the driver was charged with, and it is not gun related. That rings true with what I have posted. Lowell finishes his spin with this question: "can anyone remember the last time they read about someone using a firearm to protect themselves or someone else in their vehicle?" That is like me asking when was the last time any of my gun carrying friends were robbed or attacked. He is missing the point. I promise you thieves and strong armers will not try to attack people who carry guns. The lady with the 9mm on her side is not the lady who gets robbed or raped. On this note, I will tell a story. I was working at a place who did not allow me to have guns in my car. There was a union organizing happening at the factory and the company had hired thugs with guns everywhere. These thugs were the same thugs used in the famous Pittston strike that Trumka and Lablanc are so proud of. So it was ok for the company to hire armed thugs but deny the workers that same right? Intimidation indeed. This bill is right on target to ensure everyones 2nd amendment rights. This bill also clears liability from penalty to employers and business owners. Don't let the tragic spin of this troopers death cloud that.