Firearms or other weapons; unauthorized to possess on school property. (HB1080)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearms or other weapons on school property. Provides that no school board may authorize or designate any person to possess a firearm on school property other than those persons expressly authorized by statute. The bill also clarifies that no exemption exists for a special conservator of the peace to possess a firearm or other weapon on school property. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104100D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1080)
02/07/2020Reported from Public Safety (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Reported from Judiciary (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1080ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1080ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1037 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1037)


William Ballance writes:

By now... in 2020...every reasonable person should realize that "gun free zones" are nothing but "free fire zones" for criminals. The only thing we do by creating gun free zones is to ensure criminals that no one will be there to fire back at them ....until the police arrive in 5 to 10 minutes. This law and all others like it are ridiculous and should be subtitled "Sitting Duck Laws". WHY LIMIT ANY SCHOOL BOARD FROM PROTECTING OUR KIDS??