Libraries; locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits firearms, ammunition, etc., in. (HB1662)

Introduced By

Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Control of firearms; libraries owned or operated by localities. Allows a locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits firearms, ammunition, or components, or a combination thereof, in libraries owned or operated by the locality. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102665D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2013Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/2013Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/06/2013Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


stephen writes:

Why would they of been in there in the first place?

Carolyn Caywood writes:

I worked in public libraries for 40 years. One library was next to a police station and armed officers frequently used it without any problem. Some libraries where I've worked have had armed guards, ranging from excellent to incompetent. On occasions, I have dealt with people getting into serious conflicts and have been very thankful there were no particularly dangerous objects at hand. (Back then we forbade baseball bats and any visible weapons.) On one occasion, an armed man shouting threats pursued his wife into a library where I worked. And once, when leaving work I was mugged by a gun-waving kid.

In short, there is great diversity in libraries and in the communities and clientele they serve. This bill would allow those communities to respond to their particular circumstances instead of being micromanaged from Richmond. I thank Del. BaCote for continuing to bring it up.

John writes:

Carolyn, sorry you got mugged leaving your library. That is exactly why I want to be able to peaceably carry in and out of the library my defensive pistol. If someone tries to mug me, I'll be able to dissuade them with my pistol. Just showing that you are armed defuses a lot of situations. Muggers quickly determine they need to leave the area. My rights to carry should not end at a library's doorstep. I have carried in libraries many times, but no one notices because it was concealed. Will the state or city taxpayers have to pay for metal detectors and arms guards if this bill passes? Gun free zones are lethal fictions where people get killed. Guns save lives.