Bill Text: VA HB68 | 2018 | Regular Session | Prefiled


Bill Title: Firearms; libraries owned or operated by localities.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-12-04 - Committee Referral Pending [HB68 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2018-HB68-Prefiled.html
18100831D
HOUSE BILL NO. 68
Offered January 10, 2018
Prefiled December 4, 2017
A BILL to amend and reenact §15.2-915 of the Code of Virginia, relating to control of firearms; libraries owned or operated by localities.
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Patron-- McQuinn
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Committee Referral Pending
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §15.2-915 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§15.2-915. Control of firearms; applicability to authorities and local governmental agencies.

A. No locality shall adopt or enforce any ordinance, resolution or motion, as permitted by §15.2-1425, and no agent of such locality shall take any administrative action, governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof other than those expressly authorized by statute. For purposes of this section, a statute that does not refer to firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, shall not be construed to provide express authorization.

Nothing in this section shall prohibit a locality from adopting workplace rules relating to terms and conditions of employment of the workforce. However, no locality shall adopt any workplace rule, other than for the purposes of a community services board or behavioral health authority as defined in §37.2-100, that prevents an employee of that locality from storing at that locality's workplace a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a law-enforcement officer, as defined in §9.1-101, from acting within the scope of his duties.

The provisions of this section applicable to a locality shall also apply to any authority or to a local governmental entity, including a department or agency, but not including any local or regional jail, juvenile detention facility, or state-governed entity, department, or agency.

B. Any local ordinance, resolution or motion adopted prior to the effective date of this act governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, other than those expressly authorized by statute, is invalid.

C. In addition to any other relief provided, the court may award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and court costs to any person, group, or entity that prevails in an action challenging (i) an ordinance, resolution, or motion as being in conflict with this section or (ii) an administrative action taken in bad faith as being in conflict with this section.

D. For purposes of this section, "workplace" means "workplace of the locality."

E. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a locality from adopting an ordinance that prohibits firearms, ammunition, or components or a combination thereof in libraries owned or operated by the locality.

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