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Delegate Patrick Hope Introduces Measure to Ensure the Safety of General Assembly Members, Their Staff, and the Public Print

01.11.11  Richmond – Today, Delegate Patrick A. Hope will introduce legislation that would prohibit firearms in the Virginia Capitol and the General Assembly Building (GAB). Del. Hope said, "The tragedy this weekend in Tucson should cause all public officials to re-examine the safety and security of themselves, their staff, and visitors."

In responding to possible criticism to the bill, Hope stated, "There's nothing offensive or unconstitutional about asking individuals not to bring firearms into the GAB or the Capitol.  You can't walk through an airport with a gun, you can't enter the US Capitol or Federal Courthouses with a gun.  Why should the Virginia Capitol and the GAB be any different?"

Hope concluded, "Everyday we put our personal lives, the lives of our staff, and the lives of the general public at risk by allowing firearms in the GAB and the Capitol.  Today, I'm introducing a bill that will remove a very real threat to the safety and security of everyone who enters our facilities."

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County.  He serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.


Media Contact:

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Delegate Patrick Hope

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