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

HOUSE BILL NO. 1391

Offered January 9, 2013
Prefiled December 15, 2012
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 18.2-283.2, relating to possession of weapons in legislative buildings.
Patron-- Hope

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 18.2-283.2 as follows:

18.2-283.2. Possession of weapons in legislative buildings.

A. With the exception of any person who lawfully possesses a handgun, no person shall possess any weapon set forth in subsection A of 18.2-308 while in the Capitol of Virginia or in any other building owned by the Commonwealth and used predominantly for the conduct of the business of the General Assembly.

B. Any person who enters the Capitol of Virginia or any other building owned by the Commonwealth and used predominantly for the conduct of the business of the General Assembly shall be required to go through screening conducted by the Capitol Police or an agent of the Capitol Police. The method of screening shall be determined by the Capitol Police.

C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any member of the General Assembly, to the staff of the General Assembly, or to any law-enforcement officer.