Concealed weapons; permit not required for members of the United States Armed Forces. (HB417)

Introduced By

Del. Jason Ballard (R-Pearisburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying concealed weapons; members of the United States Armed Forces; permit not required. Provides that current members of the United States Armed Forces are not required to obtain a concealed handgun permit in order to carry a concealed weapon. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101877D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/18/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB417)
02/15/2022Left in Public Safety


Jeff Roberts writes:

Please explain WHY this is necessary? The burden of proof should be on the need to carry a weapon.

We do not need a new class of gun carrying citizens at large. There is nothing that military association confers that compels permitting service personnel to carry concealed weapons.

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..."

The Bill of Rights further clarifies in the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution that We the People have the natural RIGHT to bear arms (not bare arms as some Democrats might suggest) for our own protection. No government has the right to interfere with that right; the Supreme Court of the United States of America has agreed with that obvious interpretation.

Preventing law abiding citizens from defending themselves against criminals by forbidding, against the Constitution and the Supreme Court, our carrying a gun only emboldens outlaws, so called because they see themselves OUTside the LAW, do not obey such dictates. NO ONE MUST carry a weapon but We the People should make that choice on an individual basis. Remember, when you need a cop in seconds, there is one minutes away.

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