Virginia inched closer Monday to allowing all state judges, including those on the Supreme Court, to carry concealed handguns with no permit or training, saying they need to be able to protect themselves from vengeful litigants.
The Senate voted 34-6 to pass the change, and it now goes back to the House for final approval.
“This ain’t rocket science, it’s point and shoot,” said Sen. Richard Stuart, Stafford Republican. “A lot of these people have sentenced people who are not very happy with them, and it’s a small thing to give judges and I think they absolutely deserve it.”
It was unclear whether any specific incident prompted the bill, but backers said prosecutors already have the right to carry concealed handguns with no permit, so it made sense to extend it to judges.
“I’d submit this is a reasonable extension of law and a commonsense protection for them,” said Sen. Mark Obenshain, Rockingham Republican.