Restaurant carry bill signed into law!

Governor Bob McDonnell Signs VA Restaurant Carry into Law!

Fairfax, Va. – Governor Bob McDonnell has signed into law a NRA-backed measure allowing right-to-carry permit holders to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense in restaurants, providing they do not consume alcohol.  State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) were the principal sponsors of Senate Bill 334/House Bill 505.

“This is a victory for self-defense in Virginia,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “As headlines remind us, violent crime can happen anywhere. Law-abiding Virginia residents now have the option to carry a firearm in restaurants to defend themselves and their loved ones.”

This is long overdue – it should have passed last year – but very welcome. It doesn’t take effect until July 1, though, so carrying concealed in restaurants that serve alcohol is still illegal until then.

(h/t Snowflakes in Hell)

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