Place of religious worship; carrying dangerous weapon. (SB1024)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), and Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying dangerous weapon to place of religious worship. Repeals the statutory prohibition on carrying a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon, without good and sufficient reason, to a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


10/15/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100172D
10/15/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/24/2019Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Placed on Calendar
02/04/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/19/2019Left in Rules


Tim Greene writes:

Del. Black must know that church members are already attending houses of worship armed. After the mass murders at the Tree of Life Temple and at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Maryam writes:

I think that this bill is a bad idea. Passing this bill would mean that people would be allowed to bring concealed weapons into places of religious worship!

More guns ≠ Less violence

Alina writes:

I agree with Maryam. I am glad that this bill failed.

Mark writes:

Too bad this bill didn't pass. People are sitting ducks in places to worship, without any means to protect themselves. Good law abiding citizens should be allowed to church. I do think that the "without any good or sufficient reason" should be changed to "defense."