from: he Daily Wire
State Senator Open Carries Gun After Colleague ‘Swarmed’ By Immigration Activists
What a Virginia state senator chose to wear and how she chose to wear it to a committee meeting on Tuesday has earned national attention.
A day after Capitol Police were called to the scene when a Republican was “swarmed” by pro-immigration activists angered by his anti-“sanctuary cities” bill, first-term State Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) decided it was a good time to not just conceal carry, as she often does, but open carry — as a “deterrent for over-exuberant folks.”
Chase, who beat the odds and won in 2015, defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Stephen H. Martin in the primary and then easily besting Democrat Wayne Powell in the general election, showed up to the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee meeting in the state capitol on Tuesday with her .38 caliber revolver in plain sight on her right hip.
It was secured in what the Richmond Times-Dispatch notes is a “custom-made holster.”
“Sometimes it’s a deterrent for over-exuberant folks. Unfortunately in the General Assembly we see the good, we see the bad, we see all types of things,” said Chase, the Times-Dispatch reports. “It’s just for personal safety, quite honestly.”
The paper points out that concealed carry in the state requires a permit, but anyone’s free to open carry.