March 19, 2014
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) this week broke out his executive veto power for the first time by refusing to sign the state’s burgeoning ‘guns in cars’ bill.
The bill had previously passed the state Legislature by wide margins, but McAuliffe had returned the bill to lawmakers on March 4 to revise the verbiage. The state’s executive recommended that an amendment be added to ensure that firearms in a vehicle are secured in a locked container, which the state House rejected. This impasse led to the governor’s veto of the pending bill.
While there was no official news release from the governor’s office on the veto, the newly elected Democrat has been seen by many as a champion for gun control.