Increased gun restrictions emerging in northern Virginia

Increased gun restrictions emerging in northern Virginia

Shutterstock photo (The Center Square) – Gun owners are beginning to face heavier restrictions throughout northern Virginia as localities are passing ordinances to prohibit the carrying of weapons on some public property. Local governing boards in Arlington County, Fairfax County, the city of Alexandria and the city of Falls Church have passed ordinances that prohibit people from carrying weapons in publicly owned buildings, publicly owned parks and at certain events that require a permit. Loudoun County is considering a similar ordinance. Violations in the four localities will be punishable by a Class 1 misdemeanor when they go into effect. In Virginia, a Class 1 misdemeanor carries penalties of up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. “Ending gun violence is not a simple problem with simple solutions,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Jeffrey McKay said in a statement. “We must attack this issue from many angles, including widely supported restrictions. Our Board’s decision to ban guns from government property takes us one more step in the right direction.” Mary Curtius, the communications manager for the Arlington County Board, told The Center Square the ordinance makes the community safer by establishing common sense rules. “We believe that all who work, do business with or visit county buildings are safer if no one is carrying a gun,” Curtius said. “In order to avoid any misunderstanding, the ordinance goes into effect only after the county posts clear signage at all locations where it applies – within 30 days of […]

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