_Right to Self-Defense
On Self-Defense and the right to carry openly and concealed, I believe all men and women should be allowed to defend themselves and their property from criminals who would do them harm. One of my priorities while in office will be to draft a constitutional carry amendment, which would allow any eligible citizen to concealed carry a firearm without a permit where open carry is currently permitted.
As a law-abiding gun owner, I do not believe a national gun registry is the solution; I would oppose any attempt to create a registry. A gun registry would never capture the transmission of "black-market firearms and weapons." The establishment of such a database only serves to help criminals and hackers steal identities and reaffirms the continued abuse of power by the federal government and bureaucracy. I believe that practical solutions such as enforcing existing gun laws through prosecution and better mental health checks is the best way to reduce violent incidents.
_Right to Privacy
On the right to privacy, I believe that everyone's choices made within the confines of their own home should be theirs to make. I do not believe the state has the right to fly a drone over your home without a warrant and due process as required by the state and federal constitutions. I also believe that the decisions made between two consenting adults should not be subjected to the scrutiny of the state or its agents. This right also applies to the use of substances someone decides to use within the confines of their own home, so long as it does not endanger the lives of others.
_Reduce Spending via Prison sentencing Reform
On spending reduction, we can reduce spending in Virginia by applying some common sense solutions to the way we currently deal with many perceived "societal problems." Reducing the sentences of victimless crimes and non-violent crimes would reduce the prison population of Virginia, thus reducing the tax payers' burden. To put a number on this, the annual cost of holding one prisoner in Virginia is $24,667. The decriminalization of Marijuana would also serve to prevent minor criminals from becoming hardened criminals, who end up spending more time in prison at the tax payers' expense due to parole violations. I believe a renewed focus on the rehabilitation of criminals, drug-addicts, and felons will help to eliminate repeat offenders from continuing to cost tax payers money and will give these individuals a shot at living an honest life.
Liquor Law Reform
The government should not be in the business of selling liquor or price fixing schemes, which manipulate consumers into paying a set price. Privatization would lead to competition between various suppliers and better deals for consumers when they purchase alcohol. These regulations have not deterred the number of alcohol related deaths according to a study published by the Virginia Institute of Public Policy. A much broader study conducted in Pennsylvania found that private states have lower per-capita alcohol consumption and lower drunken-driving fatalities than states where the government controls segments of the industry. The privatization of the Commonwealth's liquor stores would reap an upfront windfall of $300 million to $800 million by some estimates. This money could be devoted to state funding shortfalls, lowering tax rates or paying down the debt. Continued monopoly of liquor by the state is bad policy and does not benefit tax payers or consumers.
I would also vote to repeal legislation which prevents establishments from having drink specials; these laws undercut an establishment's ability to compete for patrons. They also force the consumer into paying prices not set by the market, but a price floor set by the state
Repeal of the Virginia Marriage Amendment
I would work actively to repeal the Marshall-Newman act, which prohibits the union of homosexual couples within the commonwealth of Virginia. I do not believe the government should be in the role of defining marriage and bestowing benefits to certain segments of the population, while prohibiting those benefits upon others. Fifty years ago interracial marriages were illegal in Virginia. As a Hispanic, it upsets me to see the government still trying to dictate a personal matter. I believe people should be free to love whomever they want, without government involvement in these very personal choices.