Firearms; possession on school property. (SB71)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearms on school property. Adds public, private, or religious preschools and child day centers that are not operated at the residence of the provider or of any of the children to the list of schools where possessing a firearm on school property or on a school bus is prohibited. The provisions of the bill regarding child day centers only apply when a child who attends such child day center is present upon the property. Under current law, the list of such schools only includes public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high schools. The bill also provides that a child day center may hire an armed security officer to provide security services when certain conditions are met. Read the Bill »


11/22/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Public Safety Committee


11/22/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/22/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101206D
11/22/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/23/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71)
02/03/2020Reported from Judiciary (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Passed by temporarily
02/07/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Floor substitute printed 20107958D-S1 (Petersen)
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Substitute by Senator Petersen agreed to 20107958D-S1
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB71S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71S1)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB71S1)
02/14/2020Referred from Courts of Justice
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/17/2020Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/18/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108515D-H1
02/21/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
02/21/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71H1)
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB71H1)


patrick shipley writes:

This bill makes it necessary to handle a firearm in public if you carry a firearm and need to use day care. It also makes it easier for criminals to steal firearms. A horrible bill

Mike writes:

If you support this bill, then you support unnecessary handling of firearms, and people leaving their firearms unattended in a vehicle where it can be stolen. This bill is irresponsible and promotes unsafe practices.

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