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Few limits on where guns can go in Va.

January 28, 2013 | Virginia News

Assembly blocks most plans to restrict where they can be carried

BY .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) |  Richmond Times-Dispatch

Amid the renewed gun control debate since the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the General Assembly has blocked most new proposals to restrict where Virginians may carry guns.

But legislators are still considering a number of measures to boost security in Virginia’s schools. On Friday, a House committee advanced a bill by Del. Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania, to allow armed security guards in private schools. A number of bills sponsored by Democrats and Republicans to fund armed school resource officers in public elementary schools are under review by House and Senate money committees.

A measure sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, that would allow teachers or others to be trained and carry a concealed weapon in public schools has been referred to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s school-safety task force for review.

Another of Marshall’s bills merits particular attention: On Friday, a House committee advanced his measure that would bar state officials from helping the federal government carry out any federal gun control measures enacted after Dec. 31, 2012.

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