As the Governor who restored voting rights to more than 13,000 felons in Virginia, Terry McAuliffe has already shown contempt for the law-abiding citizens of his state. He flipped the proverbial bird to his constituents again yesterday when he vetoed the state’s switchblade-ban repeal.
Knife Rights issued the following brief statement today:
February 21, 2017: Virginia Governor McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1432 that would have repealed Virginia’s switchblade ban including, for the most part, allowing concealed carry.
Knife Rights supported this bill even though we had concerns with the language. Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts it failed. Knife Rights remains committed to repealing Virginia’s switchblade ban.
Governor McAuliffe’s full statement below the jump.
Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1432, which legalizes the carrying of a concealed switchblade knife when it is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or lawful recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the knife. This bill also legalizes the sale, bartering, giving or furnishing of switchblade knives.
Virginia Code does not define “lawful profession” or “recreational activity.” This modification will create a burden on law enforcement to determine whether a person is engaged in a lawful profession or recreational activity. The enforcement of this law would be challenging at best.
There is no compelling need to add to the list of weapons that can be lawfully concealed from public view and easily traded. Legalizing the concealed carry of switchblade knives would needlessly endanger the lives of Virginians. Furthermore, the laws of the United States prohibit the manufacture, transportation or distribution of switchblade knives.
Accordingly, I veto this bill.
Terence R. McAuliffe
I am guessing the concerns about the “lawful possession ” and “recreational activity” language was the concern mentioned by Knife Rights as well. He is either hopelessly ignorant with regards to the Federal statutes which do not prohibit domestic manufacture or carry of automatics, or he is being purposefully obtuse.
Either way, these bans are still stupid, and a relic of 1950’s paranoia.
That McAuliffe proved to be a douche about it surprises exactly no one.