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VA. Gov. Terry McCauliffe (courtesy

By Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL) [via]

Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) does not take a position on whether or not the Commonwealth should ask its employment applicants if they have a criminal history, BUT I bring it up to show that Virginia Governor McAuliffe has a double standard when it comes to gun owners . . .

“In a new Virginia economy, people who make mistakes and pay the price should be welcomed back into society and given the opportunity to succeed,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

“This executive order will remove unnecessary obstacles to economic success for Virginians who deserve a second chance,” the Democratic governor said.

Terry McAuliffe
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

But, when it comes to gun rights, McAuliffe is trying to make that same “second chance” harder for Virginians. McAuliffe made a change to a bill which would require that a person can’t even ask for their gun rights to be restored for a full five years from the date of their conviction.

Also, while future state employees are being allowed by McAuliffe to skip a background check, McAuliffe pushed a series of bills this year to require more background checks for gun purchases.

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit:

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  1. Well, it only makes sense–Dems see criminals as one of their promising constituencies (hence their constant efforts to make felons eligible to vote); gun owners, not so promising.

    • And why shouldn’t they be allowed to vote? Remember that after you lose both your gun rights AND your voting rights from something such as stepping over an invisible line.

      • Whether something should be a felony or not is something of a separate issue. I’ll grant that the two questions are intertwined , and that reasonable minds can disagree on whether a felon who has served his sentence should be able to vote. I still find it interesting that Dems seem to feel like they have an edge for the “felon” vote.

        • With SO MANY Dems possessing such an errant moral compass it shouldn’t be THAT surprising that criminal violators would gravitate to the Democrat party. Willing, easy, like minded marks Dems can be.

      • Says the guy who would likely cause someone to lose his life, never mind his voting rights, were he to cross your imaginary property line at the wrong time.

  2. When you can’t earn voters the you buy them I guess. Too bad most of the free loaders they’re bringing in illegally realize that liberal ideas are stupid.

  3. He couldn’t get voted dog catcher west of Roanoke. Northern Virginia, Tidewater and Richmond voted him in while the rest of the state overwhelmingly voted against him. Cities with a lot of minorities, university students and Federal government workers have taken over the state.

    I have lost the Virginia I have lived in for the last 67 years.

    • Amen. You can’t pay me enough to go to NoVa. I live and work in a county near Richmond and I find myself constantly encountering New Yorkers and people from New Jersey. Unfortunately they aren’t the freedom loving types who moved to escape their tyrannical state .gov, but rather the idiots who try to bring that garbage down here.

      • Try living in Charleston, SC. We keep getting voted one of the best places to retire and they are coming here in droves with their enlightened BS. They keep citing high crime, high property prices, high taxes and the cold. Since the mid 90s we now have more of all of those. Except the cold, unless you consider their angry progressive attitude cold, which I do. It’s not the same place I once knew.

        • I have to secon that one Brad. Traffic’s gotten horrendous and keeps on getting worse the more move here. Florida mk2 maybe?

  4. So how does this guy explain his EXTREMELY obvious double standard and not requiring state employees to undergo a background check. Most states screen potential employees to make sure they don’t have outstanding warrants, owe back child support, etc.

    • Again, it’s simple politics. Both state workers and , apparently, convicts, are essentially Dem constituencies. Gun owners, as a whole, are not. He’s just dancing with who brung him, and hoping they’ll keep bringing him back.

  5. Virginia is victim to the DC liberals who live in the suburbs. That’s where most of our Democrat population resides. The good news for us is that our mostly Republican representatives will kill everything in committee. So this is all BloombergObama hot air from Terry. Another nice thing about Virginia, 1 term only. As for the obvious double standard diatribe, cause liberal?

  6. “McAuliffe made a change to a bill which would require that a person can’t even ask for their gun rights to be restored for a full five years from the date of their conviction.”

    As a side comment, at this point I’m in favor of him. The FBI’s stats say that 73% of violent criminals repeat their felony/crime within 6 years of getting out. So yeah, I don’t blame them one bit. I would’ve set the time limit to 6 years, and specified that they can’t even so much as had a speeding ticket within that 6 years. Want to prove you deserve your gun rights back after you are convicted of a violent crime? Truly be a law-abiding citizen and I’d think about it.

    But no background checks for employees? That’s retarded.

    • Law-abiding citizens speed all day and it’s not really an option to go the speed limit anywhere near NOVA. You’re saying you never speed? Granted, you’re not a convicted felon (at least I hope not), but what does speeding have to do with *anything* at all?

  7. Mcauliff is a Democrat. McCauliff is a hypocrite. Of course he is, what did you expect?

    The San Diego County Sheriff give concealed carry permits to you if you are part of the local government, but not if you are not. Favoritism and hypocrisy? Of course. Another example.

  8. Lest we forget, no questions about criminal records will allow the former governor and wife, convicted of corruption while in office, to become state employees after they serve their time! (If they actually serve their time)

  9. Wow!
    Think your son who does time for a bag of grass should be denied a job?

    Tying this to gun regulations makes PoG seem ignorant. They think that they no best. This adds fuel. Reread the above posts.
    Denying that people would be concerned and I said concerned about felons having guns is lacking empathy.

    • I must have missed the part of the Constitution that cited “empathy” as an excuse to deny people basic human rights. Is it in the same clause that dictates “feelings” as a legitimate reason to strip away rights?

  10. Please stop wasting ink on this flake. He loves the publicity and nothing you or anyone else can write will stop him from pandering to the Hard Left.

  11. Hey MacCough, take a hike idiot. You were voted in by people dumb as you, the majority of us are against your criminal tendencies.

  12. That’s what I like about the “Constitutionalist:” here. They think every proposal made be McAuliffe istanaly becomes law. Here is some advice. Try reading the Virginia Constitution to how state government works.


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