Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Unilaterally Revokes Handgun Permit Agreement With 25 States

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– 23 December 2015 –

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Patulcius-sqVirginia’s Democratic Attorney General, Mark Herring, during his nearly two years in office, has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a traitor to his office.  In his latest outrage, he has unilaterally revoked mutual handgun permit agreements with twenty-five other states:

Concealed handgun permits held by residents of 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday, drawing swift criticism from GOP lawmakers.

Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, said the state will revoke its reciprocity agreement with the states because their concealed weapon laws don’t meet Virginia’s standards. Those states hand out permits to people who are barred under the Virginia law, like fugitives, convicted stalkers and drug dealers, which undermines the state’s law and puts residents at risk, he said.

“Evenly, consistently and fairly enforcing Virginia’s concealed handgun permit law, as we are now doing, means that it will be more difficult for potentially dangerous individuals to conceal their handguns here in Virginia and that will make Virginians safer, especially Virginian law enforcement,” Herring said.

The move means that Virginians will no longer be able to use their concealed handgun permits in six states that require a mutual reciprocity agreement: Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming.

John Whitbeck, chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, said Herring’s announcement was further proof that Democrats have “declared war on the Second Amendment.”

The top Republican in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates said that Herring is “damaging the integrity of the office he holds.”

“Despite promising to take politics out of the attorney general’s office, Mark Herring consistently seeks to interpret and apply the law of the Commonwealth through the lens of his own personal, political opinions,” House Speaker William Howell said.

State attorneys general are elected (or in some cases appointed) to act as legal council to their respective governments and to act as the chief law enforcement officer of the land.  They are not meant to be political activists, nor are they supposed to use their powers to effectively make law.

Almost immediately after taking office, Herring refused to defend Virginia in court when the federal government sued the state for its Virginia Marriage Amendment, a state constitutional amendment that defended traditional marriage, passed in 2006.  He then went one step further in his betrayal of office and actually joined the federal lawsuit, filing a brief in which he asked the judges to strike the amendment down, which it did a few weeks later in February 2014.

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Christians protesting the federal imposition of homosexual marriage upon Virginia in April 2014.

In April 2014, Herring once again decided on his own to extend in-state tuition and college assistance to so-called DREAMer’s, illegal immigrant children who were very young when they invaded the country.

In fact, he brags about his activism on his campaign site:

Mark Herring is the first Democrat elected to serve as Virginia’s Attorney General in almost a quarter century — and he’s bringing a modern approach to the job.

Just days into office, Mark became the first Attorney General in the nation to argue successfully in court that his state’s ban on marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.  He looked at the law regarding in-state tuition and found that DREAMers—children whose parents brought them to the U.S. without documents, but who are now considered lawfully present by the federal government—qualify for an affordable college education.   He was the first Bay-state Attorney General to file a defense of our Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan in court against Attorneys General from 21 other states as far away as Alaska.

Now Herring just randomly decides, after a token investigation, to trample on concealed carry permits.

He’s got more than two more years left to his term in office, plenty of time for him to enact more damage. And he has already announced that he will run for another term.  Let us hope that Virginia hasn’t fully succumbed to displacement by non-Virginians and they fire this menace in 2017.

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