Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Passes Ban on Guns on Public Property After Hours of Public Input

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Passes Ban on Guns on Public Property After Hours of Public Input

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors holds their first meeting of 2020 (Staff photo by Jay Westcott) After hours of passionate public input at their meeting Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed a ban on carrying guns on county property. The Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance 8-1 , immediately taking effect and applying to County buildings, parks, recreation and community centers. The state law that let Fairfax County ban guns on public property, is something that Jeff McKay, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said the county has been asking for decades. Similar bans were implemented in Alexandria , Arlington , and Falls Church . “There is also a lot of fear in this community about guns,” McKay said. “So while gun rights advocates are concerned for their own safety, you have to understand there [are] a ton of people in this county worried about guns — period.” In April, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new gun control law enabling local governments to ban guns on public property and spaces. The bill followed a charged legislative session in Richmond, where armed pro-gun protesters showed up to the state capital as the legislature was considering proposed gun control measures. One of the drivers of the ban on guns on public property was a 2019 shooting in Virginia Beach, where a gunman killed 12 people at a municipal building. Before the vote, many speakers at the public hearing testified about the fear they have about guns […]

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