Top Republican senator proposes banning guns from government buildings in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As Virginia lawmakers prepare for Tuesday’s special legislative session on gun control, one top Republican has proposed a bill that would ban firearms from any local government building.

Senate Bill 4013, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) on Monday, would toughen the penalty for the possession of any gun or weapon “designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind,” in a local government building. Sen. Norment’s bill would make any violation a felony, not a misdemeanor as the current law does.

The measure would also expand the ban to all buildings owned or used by a local government. The current law in Virginia only restricts weapons in courthouses.

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