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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Does Gun Rights a Favor: New at Reason

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:25
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Some of the measures advanced by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) have had the unintended consequence of strengthening gun rights.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

The National Rifle Association gave Terry McAuliffe an F when he ran for governor in 2013. McAuliffe said he didn’t care, and if anything he seemed proud of the grade. But lately he has been taking steps that might make supporters of gun rights think better of him.

The governor already took one last year, when he hammered out a deal with Republicans in the General Assembly. They were furious at Attorney General Mark Herring, who had canceled reciprocity agreements with other states that recognized their concealed-carry permits. The deal with the governor reinstated such recognition. In return, it required the State Police to be on hand at gun shows to offer background checks, and it required individuals subject to protective orders to surrender their weapons.

Progressives thought they got the short end of the stick. So despite the governor’s earlier decision to prohibit civilian bearing of arms in executive-branch offices, Everytown for Gun Safety, which has given millions to support Democrats in Virginia, took out a full-page ad to denounce McAuliffe and his deal.

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