A former Navy SEAL, now serving as a Republican Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, has introduced the “Jack Wilson Act” that would repeal that state’s ban on guns in churches. In a world of 2700-page legislation, Del. John McGuire’s bill is exactly one line long:
1. That § 18.2-283 of the Code of Virginia is repealed.
We know that the only thing that stops a bad person with evil in their heart is a good guy with a gun. And as millions of Americans have seen in crystal-clear, high-definition video, card-carrying good guys with guns can save lives in a matter of moments.
When seconds really count, police are just minutes away.
In the case of the West Freeway Church of Christ killer, his attempt to massacre innocents in a spree killing rampage ended about six seconds after he presented his firearm. The quick action by everyday Americans with concealed carry licenses saved scores of lives.
And now Delegate John McGuire seeks to remove Virginia’s ban on church carry by concealed carry licensees so religious congregations in his state can worship in a safer environment.
From thegatewaypundit.com . . .
HB373 would remove Code Section 18.2-283 which prevents firearms from being carried in places of worship. In the Texas shooting, a member of the congregation carrying a concealed weapon returned fire on a mass shooter, stopping the shooting spree immediately after it began. Named after the hero who stopped the shooter, the Jack Wilson Act would allow bystanders and volunteer security to carry concealed weapons in places of worship, allowing attendees to defend themselves.
This act is the first piece of legislation to honor the hero that saved countless lives. “Jack Wilson is a hero for his actions on that fateful day,” stated John McGuire. “Code 18.2-283, which prevents firearms in churches and places of worship, leaves worshipers defenseless should a shooter target them. People have an inherent right to self-defense and the defense of others. We need to allow others that chance. If Texas had the same restrictions as Virginia, the seven parishioners who carried guns into that church, Jack Wilson included, would have been banned from doing so and countless more could have died. ”