RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to undo his executive order that banned guns in state offices.
The Democrat also nixed a bill that would prevent most government agencies from prohibiting their employees from keeping firearms in their vehicles. State workers are currently barred from possessing a weapon not required for their job when they are on state premises or conducting state business.
McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers reached a landmark deal on gun policy this year, but the GOP has remained critical of the executive order the governor signed last year.
McAuliffe says the Republican-backed bills would overturn important policies designed to thwart workplace violence or accidental injury.
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Neither of the measures passed in the General Assembly with enough support to overturn the governor’s vetoes.