Lawmaker proposes gun ban at Virginia Capitol

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In the wake of the deadly shootings in Tucson, Arizona, a Northern Virginia delegate will propose legislation to prohibit firearms in the Virginia Capitol and the General Assembly Building.

"The tragedy this weekend in Tucson should cause all public officials to re-examine the safety and security of themselves, their staff, and visitors," Del. Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) said.

Anticipating criticism on the bill, Hope said in a news release, "There's nothing offensive or unconstitutional about asking individuals not to bring firearms into the GAB or the Capitol. You can't walk through an airport with a gun, you can't enter the U.S. Capitol or Federal Courthouses with a gun. Why should the Virginia Capitol and the GAB be any different?"

When reached Tuesday morning, Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League predicted the bill would not pass.

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire inside a Tucson grocery store, killing six people in the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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