A discussion is underway on our weekend open thread about gun rights, especially in light of the mostly-Republican effort to repeal Virginia’s one-handgun-per-month law.
Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam has weighed in on the issue, urging the governor to veto HB 940. Here’s the letter he sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell:
February 26, 20122 (sic)
The Honorable Bob McDonnell
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Dear Governor McDonnell:
As Mayor of Blacksburg for the last six years, I am painfully aware of the power of handguns.
Having seen the devastation caused by gun violence, I echo the concerns expressed by the families of the April 16th victims. I join those families in their request. I too ask that you veto HB 940.
If you veto HB 940, which would remove the nineteen year old law restricting handgun purchases to one per month, you are not putting the Second Amendment in jeopardy. Your veto would simply confirm your support of the 1993 legislation that limited handgun purchases. You did the right thing in 1993 and I hope that you will do so again in 2012.
Thank you for your consideration of a veto of HB 940.
Rordam points out in his post that he does not get involved with legislation unless it has a direct affect on Blacksburg, but in this case it “has so many ramifications for Blacksburg, the Commonwealth, and the Country, that I felt a response was required.”