State legislative buildings; prohibits possession of weapons in Capitol of Va., exception. (HB1391)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of weapons in state legislative buildings. Prohibits the possession of weapons in legislative buildings except by any person who lawfully possesses a handgun. The provisions of the bill would not apply to General Assembly members or staff or to any law-enforcement officer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 12/15/2012 Committee
  • 12/15/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102076D
  • 12/15/2012 Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
  • 01/13/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1391)
  • 01/15/2013 Assigned MPPS sub: #1
  • 01/17/2013 Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Rules with amendment(s)
  • 01/18/2013 Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety
  • 01/18/2013 Referred to Committee on Rules
  • 01/31/2013 Tabled in Rules


Stephen writes:

Leave it up to Del. Hope to leave him self off the list. There's no reason for the General Assembly or it's staff to have guns in the public's buildings. have'nt we seen enough murders this year.

Randy Rosso writes:

Does this mean that the law would prohibit bringing a gun into a legislative building unless you're allowed to bring a gun into a legislative building? Naturally, anyone not allowed to possess a handgun should already be prohibited from bringing that illegally possessed handgun into the building. Isn't that the law now? It's not clear what this bill is attempting to accomplish.