Law Would Allow Concealed Guns in Schools

By: Rob Watts Email
By: Rob Watts Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- On Jan. 9th the Virginia General Assembly will head back to work. One new bill they will be looking at is HB 1557, which would mandate that school boards designate at least one person in each school who may carry a concealed weapon.

The law would require those designated persons to be certified and trained by the Virginia Center for School Safety and the National Rifle Association in the storage, use and handling of a concealed handgun.

Staunton City School Board Vice-Chair Ronald Ramsey thinks the initial draft is simply political theater.

Ramsey said, "As proposed, it just requires someone be designated to have the permit it doesn't mandate that someone actually carry a gun. I think that is playing politics. They are trying to tap dance a little bit and appease both sides. They can have people cheering for them, but no one has the opportunity to challenge them on what they are doing."

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety.

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