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We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

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We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

Postby CCFan » Fri, 02 Mar 2012 19:52:14

Governor McDonnell signed the Emergency Powers Reform Bill into law, so carrying and transporting firearms cannot be prohibited during a declared state of emergency.

http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state ... -law!.aspx
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Re: We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

Postby OakRidgeStars » Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:11:46

More good news out of Richmond :clap:
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Re: We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

Postby mk4 » Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:39:39

below is the text of hb20. how do y'all feel about (3)?

reading the bolded section, there has been interpretation in some circles that it gives the governor or other government actors the ability to, without much trouble or by simply citing "public safety", issue orders to set the bill's supposed protections aside. one might also deduce that the governor or other government actors could declare any building/structure/facility as an emergency shelter, even possibly one's home, and declare firearms prohibited there. how would you feel if a swarm of tornadoes rolled through and destroyed many homes, but yours was spared, declared a shelter/triage facility, and then proclaimed a prohibited place?

frankly, i think this bill, now statute, leaves far too much uncontrolled leeway to the government to believe we've really gained anything of substance.

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VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to amend and reenact § 44-146.15 of the Code of Virginia, relating to emergency services and disasters; constitutional rights.
[H 20]
Approved

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 44-146.15 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 44-146.15. Construction of chapter.

Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to:

(1) Limit, modify, or abridge the authority of the Governor to exercise any powers vested in him under other laws of this Commonwealth independent of, or in conjunction with, any provisions of this chapter;

(2) Interfere with dissemination of news or comment on public affairs; but any communications facility or organization, including, but not limited to, radio and television stations, wire services, and newspapers, may be required to transmit or print public service messages furnishing information or instructions in connection with actual or pending disaster;

(3) Empower the Governor, any political subdivision, or any other governmental authority to in any way limit or prohibit the rights of the people to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by Article I, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia or the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, including the otherwise lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms except to the extent necessary to ensure public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons;

(4) Affect the jurisdiction or responsibilities of police forces, fire-fighting firefighting forces, units of the armed forces of the United States or any personnel thereof, when on active duty; but state, local and interjurisdictional agencies for emergency services shall place reliance upon such forces in the event of declared disasters; or

(5) Interfere with the course of conduct of a labor dispute except that actions otherwise authorized by this chapter or other laws may be taken when necessary to forestall or mitigate imminent or existing danger to public health or safety.
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Re: We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

Postby OakRidgeStars » Fri, 02 Mar 2012 21:20:45

Emergency shelters will continue to be gun-free zones
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Re: We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

Postby joeshmo » Sat, 03 Mar 2012 11:49:19

Not sure if im reading this correctly but they say they can limit it in any Political subdivisions. Are political sudivisions counties, cities, towns, villages MY HOUSE ect...


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Re: We're Safe! Emergency Powers Reform Bill signed

Postby WRW » Sat, 03 Mar 2012 15:03:19

joeshmo wrote:Not sure if im reading this correctly but they say they can limit it in any Political subdivisions. Are political sudivisions counties, cities, towns, villages MY HOUSE ect...


except to the extent necessary to ensure public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, or any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons;


Would the addition help?


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