Virginia Beach School Board to discuss weapons ban policy

Virginia Beach School Board to discuss weapons ban policy

Virginia Beach School Board (WAVY photo) VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A controversial policy has some people in Virginia Beach planning to rally outside of Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The board is set to discuss banning weapons on school property and at school-sponsored events. It’s already against federal law to bring a weapon on school grounds. The proposed policy calls to expand that ban to include school board meetings or anywhere employees are present to perform duties off school property. “This specific policy is poorly written, it’s poorly thought out, it’s bad legislation, it will not be lasting legislation, it won’t hold up to scrutiny,” said Vincent Smith who lives in Virginia Beach. Smith, a city employee who manages construction and surveying, is an advocate for the Second Amendment. Smith told 10 On Your Side he plans to address board members during Tuesday night’s meeting. “I spent a good bit of my time advocating for municipal employee safety. A lot of folks think I’m just a gun nut but the truth is I worked in Building 2. I worked in there when the [ May 31, 2019 mass] shooting happened. To be clear, I was not in the building when the shooting happened, I was nearby on campus at the emergency operations center,” Smith said. He says the proposed measure, which states the school board designates any building or property that the board owns or leases where employees are present as gun-free zones, has a number of gray […]

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