RICHMOND — Even in Virginia, where gun culture runs deep and some state lawmakers wear concealed weapons as routinely as dress socks, this scene raised eyebrows: state Sen. Amanda Chase standing on the floor of the ornate chamber with a .38 special openly strapped to her hip.
“I’ve had people get in my face. I’ve had people come up and try to touch me inappropriately,” said Chase, a Republican freshman seeking reelection this year in a suburban-rural district south of Richmond. “And it’’ — the gun — “is a deterrent.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Rules about guns are notoriously loose in Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol, where even visitors with concealed-carry permits are allowed to bring weapons in. In the Senate alone, at least six of the 21 Republicans regularly bring guns on the floor. But most of the time, they keep their weapons concealed. That was true for Chase too, until this week.
Sen. Amanda Chase @a_chase11 #VASD11 packing heat in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee presenting her bill allowing firefighters and EMTs who are former law enforcement officers or vets to carry concealed weapons without a permit https://t.co/8pfXLE3MbH pic.twitter.com/mWnHowvIuq
— Michael Pope (@MichaelLeePope) January 16, 2019
A state senator in Virginia has decided to start openly carry a handgun on the floor of the senate and to legislative meetings. She says it’s intended to deter violent political opponents. So, that’s where we are in America. By @LVozzella https://t.co/WiJDlHahN4
— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) January 16, 2019
Even in Virginia, where some state lawmakers wear concealed weapons as routinely as dress socks, this scene raised eyebrows: State Sen. Amanda Chase standing on the floor of the ornate chamber with a .38 special openly strapped to her hip. https://t.co/hEjVy1JD87 @LVozzella
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) January 16, 2019
Republican State Senator Amanda Chase open carries while waiting to present her bill SB1012 which would allow firefighters and emergency personnel who had previously served in law enforcement to carry firearms concealed without a permit. @wcve #VaGov pic.twitter.com/EuH3Soln5W
— Craig Carper (@Craig_Carper) January 16, 2019
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