McAuliffe reciprocity retreat actually a surrender?

posted at 4:01 pm on February 1, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe reversed an order given by his fellow Democrat, Attorney General Mark Herring, that had severed carry-permit reciprocity with more than two dozen states. McAuliffe framed the action as a bipartisan deal that got Republicans to make concessions that the gun-control had previously sought. Instead, as Stephen Gutowski reports for the Free Beacon, it looks much more like a total surrender:

New details revealed on Friday show the gun carry deal between Virginia Republicans and Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) is more expansive than first reported.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), one of the state’s leading gun rights groups, said in an email to its members that the deal would not only restore the 25 reciprocity deals Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D.) had planned to eliminate but also expand Virginia’s recognition of gun carry permits to all states.

The deal also pushes back the attorney general’s reciprocity deadline from Feb. 1 to March 1 and will require the attorney general’s office to enter into any reciprocity agreement offered by any other state, removing the discretion that allowed Herring’s unilateral action.

There were hints of that on Friday. Republicans went out of their way to be veeeerrrry nice to McAuliffe, who wanted to sell his one opportunity to claim some sort of bipartisanship. They played up the “concessions” as tough deal-making, when everyone else knew that they were nothing of the sort.

Herring and his allies were either strangely quiet, or loudly complaining. One anonymous Democratic legislator told Blue Virginia that this was “a bad deal” that would lead to “universal reciprocity.” Herring’s silence on the “deal” at the time certainly spoke volumes about his view on McAuliffe’s horsetrading. And now it appears we know why. The agreement strips Herring of his office’s ability to intervene on carry-permit reciprocity questions in the future. It furthermore requires Virginia to recognize carry permits from any state that recognizes Virginia’s, a forced reciprocity that will eliminate executive-branch interference entirely.

The other reason Republicans were reluctant to crow over this victory is that the deal has not yet gone through the state legislature. It could still be damaged by riders or amendments that could derail the entire bill and leave Virginia gun owners back at Herring’s status quo. The progressive alarm clearly intended to put pressure on Democrats to stop retreating and man the ramparts, but the political reality in Virginia is that they’re outmatched, surrounded, and lacking the support necessary to continue. Republicans have given them a dollop of face-saving cover, and they will almost certainly take it and leave Herring and his allies twisting in the wind over the loss.


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I coulda’ swore we figured this out days ago…

cozmo on February 1, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Republicans have given them a dollop of face-saving cover, and they will almost certainly take it and leave Herring and his allies twisting in the wind over the loss.


Or they could find Virginians’s drivers licenses not be accepted in other states as payback.

If you need Over-The-Top Stupid? Call a Democrat.

PolAgnostic on February 1, 2016 at 4:08 PM

The Punk really DID take a page out of Ryan/McTurtle’s page book…Failure Theater, Punk edition.

Rogue on February 1, 2016 at 4:09 PM

McAuliffe reciprocity retreat actually a surrender?

McAuliffe, 1944: Nuts!

McAuliffe, 2016: No mas!

Bruno Strozek on February 1, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Ha Ha!

– Nelson Muntz

Will Drealoc the Pigeon show up?

22044 on February 1, 2016 at 4:15 PM

McAuliffe had no face to save.

The VA Republicans played this one smart; take the win and the credit. No one believes McAuliffe had any maneuvering room on this one once the legislature heard from their home districts.

There was nothing to gain by pushing further, as a veto overturn needed 2 Dems.

Game, set, match.

The Clintonite carpetbagger McAuliffe is a lame duck already.

hillbillyjim on February 1, 2016 at 4:17 PM

I recently had to drive across the country and going through Illinois would have been the best, fastest route but since they dont reciprocate with Az. I went around.

virginia would be foolish not to reciprocate.

Garyinaz66 on February 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

…VA clearly in play in November…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 1, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Will Drealoc the Pigeon show up?

22044 on February 1, 2016 at 4:15 PM

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LOL

ExpressoBold on February 1, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Will Drealoc the Pigeon show up?

22044 on February 1, 2016 at 4:15 PM

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LOL

ExpressoBold on February 1, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Prolly, if he thinks he can lecture us about how the government gives us all of our rights.

hillbillyjim on February 1, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Democrat Socialist Tyrant ended Concealed Carry reciprocity by fiat.

Weeks later, same Democrat Socialist Tyrant had to reverse himself completely.

Yeah, that’s a surrender.

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 4:30 PM

It furthermore requires Virginia to recognize carry permits from any state that recognizes Virginia’s, a forced reciprocity that will eliminate executive-branch interference entirely.

It does nothing of the sort unless it’s passed and signed legislation.

BTW, where did this sense that they were actually passing legislation come from? Last week, it seemed they threatened the legislation, but didn’t follow through because of the “deal” McAuliffe made. Did they go ahead and push it through, anyway?

GWB on February 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Wish he had not given in. The squishy pubs could have forced a better deal through legislation. Losers-Va. residents who elected this POS. What ever happens to them, they deserve.

they lie on February 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM

If he wanted some cred he should have waved an Old Dixie flag.

docflash on February 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM

Republicans have given them a dollop of face-saving cover

Well, they covered Democrats faces with something, got that part right.

Tom Servo on February 1, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Wish he had not given in. The squishy pubs could have forced a better deal through legislation. Losers-Va. residents who elected this POS. What ever happens to them, they deserve.

they lie on February 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM

They don’t have veto override numbers without a couple of Dem votes in State (Commonwealth) Senate.

It was a smart play. Quit bitchin’ y’all, unless you know something I don’t.

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hillbillyjim on February 1, 2016 at 4:41 PM

BTW, where did this sense that they were actually passing legislation come from? Last week, it seemed they threatened the legislation, but didn’t follow through because of the “deal” McAuliffe made. Did they go ahead and push it through, anyway?

GWB on February 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM

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It’s on the books, not up for vote yet…. HB1201

ExpressoBold on February 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Sic Semper Tyrannis.

iosivich on February 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM

“No, no: I’m only bent over this chair with my pants around my ankles because I forgot my belt, and suddenly felt a little dizzy, is all. No other conclusions should be drawn.”

–Governor McAuliffe

orangemtl on February 1, 2016 at 9:28 PM

BTW, where did this sense that they were actually passing legislation come from? Last week, it seemed they threatened the legislation, but didn’t follow through because of the “deal” McAuliffe made. Did they go ahead and push it through, anyway?

GWB on February 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM

There was a bill in the works for permitless carry. (It failed.) Perhaps that is what you were thinking of?

Kevin K. on February 1, 2016 at 10:44 PM

the political reality in Virginia is that they’re outmatched, surrounded, and lacking the support necessary to continue.

It’s okay. You can say it.

They’re outgunned.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 1, 2016 at 11:14 PM

Herring’s an idiot and a hack.

That’s all.

EB

EdmundBurke247 on February 2, 2016 at 8:10 AM

One anonymous Democratic legislator told Blue Virginia that this was “a bad deal” that would lead to “universal reciprocity.”

As if that’s a bad thing.
“… shall not be infringed”, mo fo!

Dexter_Alarius on February 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM