Higher educational institutions; possession of concealed handguns by faculty members. (HB424)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of concealed handguns by faculty members at state institutions of higher education. Allows full-time faculty members of state institutions of higher education who possess a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 085912616
01/04/2008Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/2008Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Alice Mountjoy writes:

College presidents and their Board of Visitors should decide policy for their own campus.

Pete C. writes:

We are reminded time and time again that when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.
Continuing to restrict where law abiding citizens can carry self-defense firearms just creates more and more pro-crime zones. And yes, the horrible VA Tech incident is a prime example. One lawfully armed teacher or student could have ended that killing spree before it even started.

Yes, faculty members with CHP's (which implies safety training) should be allowed to carry a handgun on campus.

VACPS, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE: Guns should not be a part of the college equation. College security should be enforced. Professors have enough responsibitlies and students are not there to be policemen.

Andrew Goddard writes:

Increased exposure to deadly weapons does not equate to a reduction in risk of being harmed. Armed college faculty are no more likely to be able to stop a deranged gunman than are the campus police.