Carrying a concealed handgun; consumption of alcohol in a public park, penalty. (SB51)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying a concealed handgun; consumption of alcohol in a public park; penalty. Prohibits a person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of any public park or other public space when alcoholic beverages have been approved for sale or consumption therein from consuming an alcoholic beverage while on the premises. A violation of this provision is a Class 2 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


11/18/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


11/18/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100707D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/15/2020Stricken at the request of Patron in Judiciary (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Nathanael Hirt writes:

This bill is against the Constitution. If you want to consume alcohol in a public space, you cannot carry a handgun, this is absurd.

Anthony Cross writes:

So many restaurants sell alcohol and this would make those establishments off limits to CCL even if they do not drink alcohol. In turn hurts business and segregates people. I guess open carry is still ok.