RICHMOND — Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City), has introduced ‘Senate Bill 4013’, banning guns in government buildings statewide.
The proposed bill reads as follows:
Local government buildings; dangerous weapons; penalty. Prohibits the possession or transport of (i) guns or other weapons designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) frames, receivers, mufflers, silencers, missiles, projectiles, or ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon; or (iii) certain other dangerous weapons in any building owned or used by a locality for governmental purposes in the Commonwealth. Currently, the possession or transport of such weapons is prohibited in any courthouse and is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill makes the penalty for possession or transport of such weapons in any courthouse or building owned or used by a locality for governmental purposes a Class 6 felony.
The law currently on the books in Virginia restricts weapons only in courthouses.