Ben Cline on Gun Control



Bar sharing handgun info with states without reciprocity

SB948: Information on concealed handgun permittees in the VA Criminal Information Network shall not be shared with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with VA for the carrying of concealed handguns.

Analysis by W-Y Daily 1/26/15: The bill would affect states that do not have reciprocal agreements with Virginia. Maryland does not recognize concealed weapon permits issued in VA. The bill comes after gun owners expressed concerns about being targeted by MD State Police.

Veto message: The sharing of concealed handgun permit information between law enforcement agencies provides officers advanced information concerning whether an individual may be armed. This information is imperative and potentially life-saving.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-16-0 on Jan/22/15; Passed House 66-33-1 on Feb/17; State Delegate Ben Cline voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on Mar/27; Veto sustained 24-16-0 (needed 27) on Apr/15.

Source: W-Y Daily analysis of Virginia voting records SB948 , Feb 17, 2015

Allow locked concealed weapons in motor vehicles

HB 1106: Creates a new exemption to the general prohibition against carrying concealed weapons by allowing a handgun in a private motor vehicle or boat if the handgun is locked.

Summary in favor by the NRA-ILA: HB 1106 allowing concealed carry without a permit on personal property and in a motor vehicle, provided the person carrying the firearm notifies a law enforcement agent of the firearm during a traffic stop.

Veto message from Governor Tim Kaine:This measure runs contrary to existing state law, allowing persons who have not completed a criminal background check, and who are untrained with a handgun, to possess a firearm in a concealed manner. It presents a danger to our law enforcement officers. The objections of law enforcement to this measure are compelling.

Legislative Outcome: Passed by Senate 23-17-0 on Mar/6/06; Passed by House 70-24-6 on Mar/9/06; Rep. Cline voted YES; Vetoed by Governor Kaine on Apr/11/06

Source: Virginia Legislative voting record HB 1106 , Apr 11, 2006

Opposes gun control, according to PVS survey.

Cline opposes the PVS survey question on gun control

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-10 on Aug 1, 2018

Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale.

Cline voted NAY the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".