Va. GOP capitalizes on political backlash to handgun permit changes

va-seal_14043_lgBy Jenna Portnoy December 23
RICHMOND — When Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) incensed the gun rights community Tuesday by announcing that Virginia will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed-handgun permits, the state Republican Party moved fast.

It sent out a fundraising blast, remade the party home page and tagged social media with #HerringHates2A. Nearly 1,200 people signed an online petition declaring, “Tell Democrats like Mark Herring, Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton that we won’t let them take away our constitutional rights!”

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