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    FIRE MISSION - Virginia open carry in State Parks

    FIRE MISSION - Virginia open carry in State Parks

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Philip Van Cleave
    Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:33 AM
    Subject: VA-ALERT: VCDL Mini-Update 12/4/08

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    ACTION ITEM: Contact Governor on open carry in State Parks
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    As you know, the Attorney General opined recently that Virginia State
    Parks CANNOT ban or control the lawful carry of handguns, including
    open carry (concealed carry is already OK). The State Parks is
    currently waiting for direction from the Governor on this issue.

    Years ago, Governor Mark Warner was in a similar position with an
    Attorney General's opinion saying that concealed carry could not be
    banned by State Parks. Governor Warner did the right thing and
    ordered State Parks to comply with that Attorney General's opinion and
    concealed carry in State Parks became legal in short order.

    Let's contact the Governor and urge him to have State Parks change
    their regulations to comply with Virginia law and to allow open and
    concealed carry.

    Here is the link to the Governor's webmail:

    http://www.governor.virginia.gov/Abo...ctGovernor.cfm

    Suggested title: Please repeal the unlawful ban on openly carried
    firearms in State Parks!

    Suggested message:

    Attorney General McDonnell recently opined that Virginia State Parks
    do not have the authority to ban lawfully carried handguns.

    Currently, concealed handgun permit holders can carry concealed in
    State Parks, but on hot Virginia summers it does not make sense that a
    person can't openly carry a handgun. Also, those without a concealed
    handgun permit should not be disenfranchised.

    Please advise Director Joseph Maroon to change State Park rules to
    remove the current prohibition on openly carried handguns.

    Please let me know what you are going to do.

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    Not a Virginian but a VCDL member and I'm sending a message.
    We finally got to carry in State Parks in Florida in October, 2006.
    Thank you,Jeb Bush.
    We know your frustration with this ridiculous law.Keep the faith.
    Its only a matter of time before VA State Park carry will be legal.

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    W.E.G.,here is the message I sent the Governor:

    Attorney General McDonnell recently opined that Virginia State Parks
    do not have the authority to ban lawfully carried handguns.
    Currently, concealed handgun permit holders can carry concealed in
    State Parks, but on hot Virginia summers it does not make sense that a
    person can't openly carry a handgun. Also, those without a concealed
    handgun permit should not be disenfranchised.
    I'm a VCDL member, although living in Florida.I have relatives in VA and visit regularly.
    Gov.Jeb Bush of Florida signed into law in 2006 the ability for all law abiding FL residents to be able to bring firearms into Florida State Parks,not just concealed carry permit holders.
    It's a commonsense law.Criminals carry firearms wherever and whenever, never thinking about any legal consequences.
    Please, lets make Virginia safer by allowing all good citizens to have the ability to protect themselves.

    Sincerely,
    Johnny Dollar

    I hope that was succinct enough.

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