- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Virginia state senator wants to defund Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s armed security detail after he banned guns on government grounds and ended concealed weapons reciprocity agreements with 25 states.

“I’m only asking for equal protection here, basically,” Sen. Charles William “Bill” Carrico, a Republican, told CNS News. “The governor talks about equal protection under the law, and that’s what I’m asking for.

He said he plans to propose a budget amendment during the January session to defund the governor’s protective detail, which is made up of multiple Virginia State Police officers, for “as long as his Executive Order 50 stays in place, which basically prohibits anyone from carrying concealed weapons on the state properties.”

“If he’s not going to allow us, the citizens of Virginia to protect themselves, then he has to make this decision,” Mr. Carrico told CNS. “If he doesn’t want us to be protected, then why should the citizens … pay the taxes that pay for this executive protection unit [to] have this protection around him?”

A spokesman for the governor called the proposal a “reactionary temper tantrum.”



“Reactionary temper tantrums may play well on right-wing blogs, but they don’t make anyone safer,” responded the governor’s office, a local NBC News affiliate reported. “Governor McAuliffe has worked with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to keep guns out of dangerous hands by better enforcing Virginia gun’s safety laws, a common refrain of gun advocates. As a gun owner himself, the Governor is ready to work with the General Assembly on common sense steps like universal background checks. Unfortunately, Mr. Carrico’s quote is a good representation of the interest he and his colleagues have shown in productive work on this serious issue so far.”

But the state senator said his constituents “agree 100 percent with me.”

“I just feel that he’s trampling on the constitutional rights of my constituents and all the other citizens of Virginia, and if he considers that a temper tantrum, then he’s a little more childish than I expected,” Mr. Carrico told CNS.

“People who have concealed carry permits do business on state property all the time. They shouldn’t be treated as criminals,” he added. “There’s no evidence they’re producing that there’s been a problem on state properties with concealed handguns.”

Mr. Carrico said he is also working on a bill that opens reciprocity to all 50 states, after Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark Herring announced this month that the commonwealth would no longer honor its reciprocal concealed-carry agreements with 25 other states.

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