RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed legislation that would make it easier for nonresidents to get concealed handgun carry permits.
The bill narrowly passed the GOP-controlled General Assembly, but Northam signed the veto on Tuesday.
The bill would have required state police to issue a temporary permit 90 days after receiving an application unless police determined the applicant was disqualified. Under current law, nonresidents can apply for a five-year concealed carry permit.
In a statement, Northam said the bill “would create public safety concerns, place an arbitrary and overly burdensome mandate on the Virginia Department of State Police, and irresponsibly utilize taxpayer dollars to prioritize nonresident applications over resident needs.”
Northam, a Democrat, is a strong advocate for greater gun control laws. Republican supporters of the bill are unlikely to get enough support to override the governor’s veto.