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Sun Gazette: Bill to Prohibit Weapons in General Assembly Buildings Dies Print


Created:  Friday, February 17, 2012

The public, and its weapons, will continued to be welcomed at the General Assembly.

To no one's surprise, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety rejected legislation by Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) that would have banned most people from bringing weapons, including guns, into legislative buildings in Richmond.

Exceptions would have been made for members of the General Assembly, their staff and law-enforcement personnel.

Currently, those wishing to bring guns into the Virginia Capitol and General Assembly Building must be in possession of a concealed-carry permit. Most other weapons are allowed in, although members of the public do have to go through metal detectors to get into the buildings, and are scanned again if they go to the galleries of the House of Delegates and state Senate.