Virginia Center for Public Safety: Guns and Alcohol Don't Mix

Monday, February 15, 2010

From the Virginia Center for Public Safety, "a non-profit, non-partisan grass roots organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence in Virginia."
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 15, the Virginia Senate is scheduled to vote on SB 334, a bill that would allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry loaded handguns into any establishment that has a liquor license, including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, pizza parlors and bowling alleys.

SB 334 is adamantly opposed by the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association. It is also particularly disturbing to see the bill being considered on the floor of the Democratic Senate in the wake of three recent mass shootings by individuals who were permitted to carry concealed handguns in Virginia (Christopher Bryan Speight, who shot and killed 8 in Appomattox County; Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood Shooter; and Aaron Jackson, who killed his girlfriend and two young children in Stafford County in May 2008).

You can help us defeat this dangerous legislation by taking action today. Please call or email the following members of the Senate and tell them to vote "NO" on SB 334:

Senator Chap Petersen – Democrat, 34th District, Fairfax
(804) 698-7534

Senator Frederick M. Quayle – Republican, 13th District, Suffolk
(804) 698-7513

Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. – Republican, 3rd District, Williamsburg
(804) 698-7503

Senator John S. Edwards – Democrat, 21st District, Blacksburg
(804) 698-7521

Senator R. Creigh Deeds – Democrat, 25th District, Charlottesville
(804) 698-7525

Senator John C. Watkins – Republican, 10th District, Powhatan
(804) 698-7510

It's common sense that guns and alcohol don't mix. Please call or email as soon as possible and help us keep guns out of Virginia's bars and restaurants!


Kaye Tice
Virginia Center for Public Safety