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New concealed carry bill proposed for Virginia schools

A new bill that would allow des­ig­nat­ed Vir­ginia school employ­ees to car­ry con­cealed hand­guns on school prop­er­ty was intro­duced in the Vir­ginia House of Del­e­gates last week.

The piece of leg­is­la­tion, called HB 1469 and pro­posed by Repub­li­can Del. Bob Mar­shall, would per­mit school boards and admin­is­tra­tors to des­ig­nate employ­ees to con­ceal and car­ry hand­guns on school prop­er­ty.

The bill stip­u­lates that any­one allowed to car­ry a con­cealed hand­gun on school prop­er­ty must be trained and cer­ti­fied on the safe han­dling and stor­age of con­cealed firearms. The train­ing must be con­duct­ed by the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion or the Vir­ginia Cen­ter for School and Cam­pus Safe­ty.

Accord­ing to The Vir­gin­ian Pilot, Mar­shall has pitched sim­i­lar bills in the past that ulti­mate­ly fell short, such as a 2013 bill that would have required all Vir­ginia school boards to des­ig­nat­ed at least one employ­ee to car­ry a con­cealed weapon on school prop­er­ty.

Marshall’s bill comes as the Vir­ginia House weighs anoth­er bill, HB 1392, relat­ed to firearms in schools. The bill, pro­posed by Del. Scott Lingam­fel­ter, would allow secu­ri­ty offi­cers with the required law enforce­ment expe­ri­ence and train­ing to car­ry firearms on school prop­er­ty.

Both bills will be up for debate in the House Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee.
New con­cealed car­ry bill pro­posed for Vir­ginia schools
New con­cealed car­ry bill pro­posed for Vir­ginia schools

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