How politically expensive did it get for the Michael Bloomberg’s Golden Boy to be forced to reverse position?

Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a stunning reversal of firearms policy that angered Republicans and gun rights advocates across the nation.

The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) severed the right for gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.

In exchange, Republicans will agree to some concessions, according to McAuliffe’s office and the office of House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford).

McAuliffe to restore handgun reciprocity in deal with Republicans

So far, the only group having kittens are our friends in CSGV. I think Moms, Everytown and Brady are in shock.

Virginia Reciprocity CSGV

I don’t wanna read the comments yet. That will be a whole ‘nother post on its own.

McAuliffe gets three concessions:

  1. If an individual’s Virginia concealed-carry permit is revoked, a permit from another state will not be honored in Virginia — a practice known as “state shopping.”
  2. State police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis.
  3. Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offence will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order.

I really don’t see much of a loss but I don’t live in Virginia. How low is the bar so they can revoke your permit? As for the castrated Universal Background Check at gun shows, I have no problem either. The last one? I thought that is pretty much standard everywhere, but if not, do let us know.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

16 thoughts on “McAuliffe to restore handgun reciprocity in Virginia: I feel a disturbance in the Anti Gun Force.”
  1. Somebody’s legislature started punting his ass around the school yard and Bloomberg wasn’t there to protect him.

  2. He caught the wrath of the NRA (headquartered in his home state) and also of gun owners around the country…that’s what happened. Real “grassroots” action, not bussed in by Daddy Warbucks.

    Also now CSGV knows how gun owners felt when the reciprocity actions were first introduced. No one saw those coming, either. So yeah Ladd, not so nice when it comes back at ya, huh?

  3. Maybe he realized that the NRA isn’t just some building in Fairfax when we showed up outside his window en masse on lobby day.

    This is a start, but we still haven’t forgotten about HIS executive order 50 that prohibits carrying in state agency buildings (DMV’s, roadside rest stops, etc). That needs to go too!

  4. Wait a sec, J-. You mean, Hizzoner Bloomberg demanded, McAuliffe complied, but when the SHTF Hizzoner opted to not get messy?

    This is my shocked face.

    There’s a lesson in there somewhere, if they’re smart enough to pick up on it.

  5. Those “concessions” appear to be no concessions at all. McAullife folded, and the Republicans threw him a token bone to let him save face that does not substantively change anything at all, it appears. Shopping for a CC is not something responsible persons want to do anyway; my state says that if I am a Kansas resident I must have a Kansas CC to carry here (of course, we’re now a Constitutional Carry state, and the permit is really just for reciprocity during travel). The rest is a nothing burger; the check is voluntary, and persons under a restraining order are barred anyway.

    Pure victory.

  6. Probably part of the deal is that the statehouse Republicans don’t throw a big messy telegenic deal over Herring overstepping his authority at the behest of McAuliffe’s biggest donor. It probably wouldn’t change the governor’s race but it wouldn’t help various non-safe-district Dems come election time.

  7. Just as an update, I think that the Guvnor had to try to save face with a so-called “deal” with the republicans. Look what happened in the state house as of Jan 27th:
    (from VCDL newsletter):

    Here’s what happened today:


    SB 175, Senator Stuart’s bill to prohibit sharing CHP information with states that do not honor Virginia permits passed out of the Senate by a veto-proof 28 to 12 majority! (If there is an actual veto, though, there is no guarantee that the majority would hold up).

    SB 48, Senator Black’s Constitutional Carry bill was passed by until tomorrow.


    Anti-freedom bills KILLED:

    SB 97 One Handgun a Month

    SB 138 No gun stores near a school

    SB 156 Disgruntled spouse can deny a CHP

    SB 184 10 round magazine limit

    SB 214 No guns if on Terrorist Screening Database

    SB 220 Universal Background Checks

    SB 259 No ammo for person who is committed

    SB 260 No CHP for person seeking help with addiction

    SB 546 No CHP for certain MISDEMEANORS dead for the year

    Anti-freedom bill that PASSED out of committee, but headed to Finance committee, where it will probably die

    SB 300 New penalty for open carrier who is intoxicated

    Pro-freedom bills PASSED and heading to the Senate Floor

    SB 610 Recognized permits from all states (other similar Senate bills all rolled into this one, except Senator Hanger’s

    Pro-freedom bills PASSED, but headed to Finance committee

    SB 677 Removes requirement for Circuit Clerk Clerk to charge $10 for a CHP

    SB 713 Reciprocity bill, but weaker than SB 610

    Pro-freedom bill KILLED

    SB 656 Provides firearms training for those who are victims of domestic violence

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  8. Devil’s advocate for a second: what are the specifics of “State police must be present at all gun shows”?

    If the state police get in trouble for not sending troopers to a show, that’s fine. If shows cannot continue unless a trooper is there, then that’s a trap.

    Step 1: require shows to have troopers
    Step 2: deny payroll funds to staff shows with troopers
    Step 3: no more gun shows in Virginia.

  9. VSP troopers are already present at all gun shows. They usually have computers set up to assist with back ground checks that are being conducted by FFL holders, answer questions from dealers and to pick up anyone who attempts to buy a gun and gets denied do to the back ground check. I have seen several people escorted out in handcuffs due to this.

    The VSP troopers that I have worked with at gun shows have always been very professional and helpful.

    So, on its face, it does nothing. If somebody wants to do a voluntary back ground check on a private sale, that’s their choice. It will cost $2.00 and the time to do the paperwork.

  10. Nothing in the concessions about us Virginians who never bothered to get a Virginia permit and instead went right to an out-of-state Florida permit.

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