Concealed handguns; authorization and training for persons designated to carry on school property. (HB1469)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Authorization and training for persons designated to carry concealed handguns on school property. Permits a school board or an administrator of a private school to designate one or more employees of the school who may carry a concealed handgun on school property. Any person designated to carry a concealed handgun must be certified and trained by the Virginia Center for School and Campus 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 to be established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100701D
12/08/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1469)
02/07/2017Left in Education


JoAnne Norton writes:

This definitely should not be law. Having persons with guns in schools is dangerous. Teachers often move around a lot, bend, children usually come up to them. There is too much danger of a gun going off. And person may not be around when an assailant is present.

People say they will be careful with guns. But current events do not back this up.

Brad writes:

I am opposed to this bill. Increasing the amount of weapons in a location, concealed or otherwise, statistically increases the likelihood of someone being harmed by that gun. The amount of training being required is completely insufficient to prevent an accidental or mistaken use of the weapon on school property. This bill will be far more effective at increasing gun injuries at school than preventing any attacks at schools, which are exceedingly rare.

Norse writes:

I definitely support this bill. Persons trained and certified to conceal-carry on school property would be a huge security asset to the school.