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.