What kind of Virginia do you want?

Part 2: Defending our fundamental rights

Our rights and freedoms come at a high price. This has been embedded in me through my family’s military service, my time in the National Guard, and my deployment supporting the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. These experiences have provided me a deep appreciation and respect for our freedoms and serve as a constant guide for preserving and defending them.
As a member of the General Assembly, defending our fundamental rights has been a top issue for my constituents and a high priority for me. Over the years, we have seen repeated attempts to undermine the Second Amendment and the 2019 legislative session was no different.  

This year many of my constituents contacted me asking that I oppose legislation introduced by Governor Northam which would have impacted our Second Amendment rights. I am proud to report Republicans voted to defeat these far-left gun-control bills that would infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens but will do nothing to prevent gun violence.

Governor Northam’s gun control package included legislation to reinstate the “one gun per month” law, legislation to make it illegal to carry some weapons in some public places, legislation that could make it illegal to own a .22 caliber hunting rifle, and legislation that could change the legal requirements for owning a gun.

While we were successful at defeating these bills this year, we cannot let our guard down. With such slim Republican majorities in the House and Senate, we cannot take this election for granted. We are potentially one election, one bill, and one vote away from seeing laws in Virginia that infringe on our Second Amendment rights if we do not elect candidates that share our values.

As candidate for State Senate in the 40th District, I pledge that I will continue to stand up for our Southwest Virginia values and defend our fundamental rights. To do this, I need your vote for the Republican nomination on Thursday, April 25th at the Scott County Career and Technical Center in Gate City. Registration opens at 5:30pm and the meeting begins at 6:30pm.

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Delegate Todd Pillion currently represents the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is a candidate for State Senate in the 40th District which consists of Lee County (All), Scott County (All), Washington County (All), Bristol City (All), Smyth County (Part), Wise County (Part), Grayson County (All), Wythe County (Part).
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