School boards; training for persons designated to carry concealed handguns on school property. (HB1557)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; employee firearms training. Requires every school board in the Commonwealth to designate at least one qualified person for every school in the district who, upon application with the school board, may carry a concealed handgun on school property. The bill requires all designated persons, including certain school division employees, certain school volunteers who carry valid concealed handgun permits, and certain retired law-enforcement officers, to be certified and trained by the Virginia Center for School Safety or the National Rifle Association in the storage, use, and handling of a concealed handgun. The bill also outlines the training requirements for designated persons as designed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103088D
01/04/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2013Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Governor's School Safety Task Force
02/06/2013Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Mark writes:

With the recent rash of individuals that work in schools, whether it be a teacher being arrested for bringing heroin into the school, or teachers having sex with students, I would feel more comfortable if we didn't arm our school personnel. Have we looked into a more comprehensive security system for schools? Why do we need to default to putting more weapons in areas that are supposed to be safe zones? I don't trust school systems to monitor or regulate who will be the chosen school personnel to be armed.

rural virginia resident writes:

IT IS EXTREMELY poor policy for the Legislature to continually REQUIRE AND MANDATE things for schools to do and pay for, without paying for it! All legislature have done this, but particularly, now, Republicans are doing it! SHAME! Where are the TEA Parties protesting this fiscal wickedness!?