Stun weapons; prohibits possession on school property, exemptions. (SB173)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prohibition on possession of stun weapon on school property; exemptions. Allows the holder of a valid concealed handgun permit to possess a stun weapon on school property while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school. The bill also allows a stun weapon to be stored in a closed container in a motor vehicle while such vehicle is on school property. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/20/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/20/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101379D
12/20/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/22/2020Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Reading of amendments waived
01/27/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/27/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB173E
01/27/2020Printed as engrossed 20101379D-E
01/28/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB173E)
02/03/2020Placed on Calendar
02/03/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/13/2020Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/21/2020Reported from Public Safety (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB173ER)
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB173ER)
03/03/2020Signed by Speaker
03/04/2020Signed 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
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 693 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0693)


Fred Woehrle writes:

This legislation will help abused women being stalked by vengeful exes. They should be able to use non-lethal force against the abusive father of their children, rather than lethal force, when attacked. So they should be allowed to carry a stun-gun rather than a gun if they choose. It reminds me of the abused woman protected by the Supreme Court's decision in Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016). That decision strongly signaled that the 2nd Amendment can protect stun guns, not just guns. Because it makes no sense to permit only lethal force (guns) but not non-lethal force (stun guns). Most people would rather not kill the abusive parent of their children, when threatened, but would rather just immobilize them with a stun gun. Children often don't take kindly to the killing of even an abusive parent. It traumatizes them.

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