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File #: 21-320    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 6/3/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 6/16/2021 Final action:
Title: Proposed Firearms Ordinance .BODY SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Schedule a public hearing for a proposed Firearms Ordinance ITEM TYPE: Consent Action Item STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Kamptner, Farley, Lantz PRESENTER (S): N/A LEGAL REVIEW: Yes REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson BACKGROUND: : In the 2020 Session, the General Assembly approved an amendment to Virginia Code ? 15.2-915 permitting localities to pass an ordinance prohibiting possession, carrying, or transport of firearms, ammunition, or component parts in buildings, public parks, recreation centers, and permitted events areas that are owned or used by the locality or authority or entity controlled by the locality for governmental purposes. STRATEGIC PLAN: Mission - To enhance the well-being and quality of life for all community members through the provision of the of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds. DISCUSSION: The proposed ordinance would pr...
Attachments: 1. Att. A - Proposed Ordinance
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AGENDA DATE:  6/16/2021

 

TITLE:

Title

Proposed Firearms Ordinance

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SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:   Schedule a public hearing for a proposed Firearms Ordinance

 

ITEM TYPE:  Consent Action Item

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):  Richardson, Walker, Kamptner, Farley, Lantz

 

PRESENTER (S):  N/A

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

 

BACKGROUND:  :  In the 2020 Session, the General Assembly approved an amendment to Virginia Code § 15.2-915 permitting localities to pass an ordinance prohibiting possession, carrying, or transport of firearms, ammunition, or component parts in  buildings, public parks, recreation centers, and permitted events areas that are owned or used by the locality or authority or entity controlled by the locality for governmental purposes.   

 

STRATEGIC PLAN: Mission - To enhance the well-being and quality of life for all community members through the provision of the of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.

 

DISCUSSION:  The proposed ordinance would prohibit firearms, ammunition, and component parts from being possessed, carried, or transported into any buildings, parks, and recreation centers owned or used by Albemarle County or authorities or other entities controlled by Albemarle County for governmental purposes.  Albemarle County does not currently have a permitting process for events outside of its public parks. Certain persons - most significantly, law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel -are exempted from these prohibitions because of the nature and scope of their employment and other provisions of law. The County Executive may also grant individuals an exemption. Notice of the prohibitions in the ordinance must be posted at all entrances of buildings, parks, and recreation centers subject to this ordinance. The ordinance also authorizes the County Executive to implement reasonable security measures to prevent unauthorized access to the buildings, public parks, and recreation centers subject to this ordinance.

 

BUDGET IMPACT: The cost of the signs to provide the required notice could be covered with currently appropriated funds. There is no anticipated additional budget impact.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Recommendation

Staff recommends that the Board schedule a public hearing to consider the adoption of the attached proposed ordinance.

 

ATTACHMENTS: 
A - Proposed Ordinance