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Armstrong Shifts Crime Commission to the Right

Tim Craig

With Brian Moran's resignation from the House of Delegates, the Virginia Crime Commission appears to have shifted slightly to the right.

House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry), who represents rural Southern Virginia, replaced Moran on the 13-member commission. The appointment puts considerable pressure on Armstrong, who has to balance the wishes of his constituents against his role as a statewide spokesman for his party, including its liberal base in Northern Virginia.

In his first real test as a member, Armstrong voted today against having the crime commission recommend that the General Assembly close the so-called gun show loophole. Armstrong's vote resulted in the commission deadlocking on whether to make a recommendation. Moran had supported the closure of the loophole.

According to Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle, Armstrong noted a large gun show is held annually in his district. He said the show was important to the local economy. House Republicans are watching Armstrong's votes closely. They are vowing to field a serious candidate against him this year, noting his constituents overwhelmingly supported Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over President-Elect Barack Obama in the Nov. 4 election.

By Tim Craig  |  January 13, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
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Enough of this "Shifts to the Right" language. I am as liberal a Democrat as anyone out there...and I support the 2nd Amendment and recognize the "Gun Show Loophole" for the BS that it is.

I really wish reporters would not by into the emotive language and look at what the bill really means.

Posted by: Buddy6 | January 13, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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