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FIRE MISSION - Virginia open carry in State Parks

Discussion in 'Legal' started by W.E.G., Dec 4, 2008.

  1. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Mentor

    Sep 26, 2006
    all over Virginia
    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

    ACTION ITEM: Contact Governor on open carry in State Parks

    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:


    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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