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Northam Issues First Veto

Vetoes Bill That Would Have Placed Deadline On State Police Over Gun Permits

March 12, 2019 - 4:19 pm

Richmond, Va. ( -- Governor Ralph Northam (D) has issued his first veto of the unusual 2019 General Assembly session, vetoing a bill that would have required State Police to issue de facto concealed handgun permits to non-residents, if the agency didn't complete their review of the application within 90 days.  The bill passed by slim margins during the session, and the veto is unlikely to be overridden.  

Northam called the deadline arbitrary, and overly burdensome.  He also says it would have undoubtedly resulted in some ineligible people obtaining permits.

The Virginia Citizen's Defense League, a gun rights organization, says on their website that State Police are taking as long as six months to process the applications.

The 2019 session ran into heavy controversy in February, when it was revealed Northam had a racist photo on his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School Yearbook page.