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S.B. 1300. An Act to amend and reenact 9.1-102, 16.1-253.1, 16.1-253.4, 16.1-279.1, 19.2-152.8, 19.2-152.9, and 19.2-152.10 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 9.1-116.1:1, relating to victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course.

02/22/17 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1300ER)
02/10/17 House: Committee substitute printed 17105394D-H1
02/02/17 Senate: Printed as engrossed 17103054D-E
01/10/17 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103054D


Passed Senate February 2, 2017 (28-Y 12-N)

House substitute agreed to by Senate February 17, 2017 (25-Y 15-N)



Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 1300, which requires courts to provide petitioners of certain protective orders with a list of firearms safety or training courses or classes. The bill directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to approve these training courses and classes, and to publish and disseminate a list of providers.

This bill promotes the theory that the answer to domestic violence is the threat of greater, more lethal violence. Encouraging victims to arm themselves contradicts research which suggests that such a policy is more likely to result in tragedy than to prevent it. Facilitating the introduction of firearms into a volatile situation of domestic violence makes Virginia less safe, not more.

Accordingly, I veto this bill.


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