Firearms; possession with intent to use on school property is a Class 1 misdemeanor. (HB72)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of firearms on school property; penalties.  Changes the penalty for possession of a firearm on school property from a Class 6 felony to a Class 1 misdemeanor, the same penalty that applies to the possession of other weapons on school property. However, if a person possesses a firearm on school property with the intent to use the firearm unlawfully or to threaten or endanger another person, or if a person actually uses the firearm in an unlawful manner or threatens or endangers another person, such person is guilty of a Class 6 felony. If a person unlawfully discharges a firearm upon school property, upon other property being used exclusively for school-sponsored functions or extracurricular activities, or upon a school bus, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101085D
12/29/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2010Referred from Courts of Justice
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/03/2010Assigned MPPS sub: #3
02/08/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (3-Y 2-N)
02/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB72)
02/16/2010Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Linda writes:

This is good law. I agree. Felonies belong for the henious of crimes. Parts of Virginia are rural and guns are part of those students' lives.