Re: Fairfax County Board of Comrades
Why are we wasting time on this?
Date: September 12, 2020 11:09PM
Because We Will See On Sept 15th 2020 at 430 Pm at the Fairfax County Government Center how the BOS will rule on the issue
Where's the problem with licensed citizens carrying self protection on trails in parks and other county property that's remote , now whos walking along the side of the road and calling it a trail ? You can get raped in subdivision park or stabbed and robbed with no one hearing your muffled scream , and people have ! Only the stupidest idiot would go for a walk in woods where no guns signs are posted where criminals know that no one is armed in there in a area of 1.2 million with far more violent crime and attacks then you know about. Its Fairfax today In NOVA /DC Maryland Not The Shenandoah
Legally armed Retired Police Officers and Citizens together add a great deal of protection to all those who walk trails in Fairfax County
Its one thing to ban guns from county buildings but on trails that's stupid and greatly reduces public safety
In two weeks we will know if park trails are safe to walk on or are danger zones to be avoided like the Covid 19 virus that's shut down schools now into the next school year .
Retired Police Officers also will be banned from carrying handguns on park trails, as the new Virginia state law that allows localities to ban guns on their property does not exempt retire law enforcement such as retired Fairfax County Police FBI agents Secret Service Agents and more , there are thousands of such retired officers in Fairfax and their all banned if citizens with permits are ! Nor can they be excepted ! Their no longer agents' of the government when retired ! The federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act states if firearms are banned in areas by local state or federal authority then the officers can not carry firearms in those areas . This federal act is the only legal act that allows all federal law enforcement to carry concealed handguns if they qualify after they retire . Virginia does have a law that allows retired state and other Virginia law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms that was in effect before the LEOSA became law, the Virginia officers must have a letter from their chief to the Supt of the state police explaining that the officer must be granted a concealed handgun permit , then the officer must be qualified on a police range with the handgun and only a handgun to get the permit. Even then they can not carry in areas that are banned unless it is stated in the law in banned areas they can carry the handgun. Only airline terminals under Virginia law have any exceptions for such qualifying retired police , and if there under federal regulations such as Dulles or National they still can't carry under federal law !
A total handgun ban will make park trails more dangerous for no good reason when people are around legally citizens with concealed handguns all the time in stores resturauants and out in public . Its not the law abiding people that will harm you its the criminal
The new state law which gave Fairfax the authority to ban guns on its property is in its full legal text here as it was when Governor Northam signed it into law
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An Act to amend and reenact §§ 15.2-915 and 15.2-915.5 of the Code of Virginia and to repeal § 15.2-915.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to control of firearms by localities.
Approved April 22, 2020
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That §§ 15.2-915 and 15.2-915.5 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 15.2-915. Control of firearms; applicability to authorities and local governmental agencies.
A. No locality shall adopt or enforce any ordinance, resolution, or motion, as permitted by § 15.2-1425, and no agent of such locality shall take any administrative action, governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof other than those expressly authorized by statute. For purposes of this section, a statute that does not refer to firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, shall not be construed to provide express authorization.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit a locality from adopting workplace rules relating to terms and conditions of employment of the workforce. However, no locality shall adopt any workplace rule, other than for the purposes of a community services board or behavioral health authority as defined in § 37.2-100, that prevents an employee of that locality from storing at that locality's workplace a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a law-enforcement officer, as defined in § 9.1-101, from acting within the scope of his duties.
The provisions of this section applicable to a locality shall also apply to any authority or to a local governmental entity, including a department or agency, but not including any local or regional jail, juvenile detention facility, or state-governed entity, department, or agency.
B. Any local ordinance, resolution, or motion adopted prior to July 1, 2004, governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, other than those expressly authorized by statute, is invalid.
C. In addition to any other relief provided, the court may award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and court costs to any person, group, or entity that prevails in an action challenging (i) an ordinance, resolution, or motion as being in conflict with this section or (ii) an administrative action taken in bad faith as being in conflict with this section.
D. For purposes of this section, "workplace" means "workplace of the locality."
E. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a locality may adopt an ordinance that prohibits the possession, carrying, or transportation of any firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof (i) in any building, or part thereof, owned or used by such locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality, for governmental purposes; (ii) in any public park owned or operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; (iii) in any recreation or community center facility operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; or (iv) in any public street, road, alley, or sidewalk or public right-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit. In buildings that are not owned by a locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality, such ordinance shall apply only to the part of the building that is being used for a governmental purpose and when such building, or part thereof, is being used for a governmental purpose.
Any such ordinance may include security measures that are designed to reasonably prevent the unauthorized access of such buildings, parks, recreation or community center facilities, or public streets, roads, alleys, or sidewalks or public rights-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit by a person with any firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, such as the use of metal detectors and increased use of security personnel.
The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the activities of (i) a Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program operated at a public or private institution of higher education in accordance with the provisions of 10 U.S.C. § 2101 et seq. or (ii) any intercollegiate athletics program operated by a public or private institution of higher education and governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association or any club sports team recognized by a public or private institution of higher education where the sport engaged in by such program or team involves the use of a firearm. Such activities shall follow strict guidelines developed by such institutions for these activities and shall be conducted under the supervision of staff officials of such institutions.
F. Notice of any ordinance adopted pursuant to subsection E shall be posted (i) at all entrances of any building, or part thereof, owned or used by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality, for governmental purposes; (ii) at all entrances of any public park owned or operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; (iii) at all entrances of any recreation or community center facilities operated by the locality, or by any authority or local governmental entity created or controlled by the locality; and (iv) at all entrances or other appropriate places of ingress and egress to any public street, road, alley, or sidewalk or public right-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit.
§ 15.2-915.5. Disposition of firearms acquired by localities.
A. No locality or agent of such locality may participate in any program in which individuals are given a thing of value provided by another individual or other entity in exchange for surrendering a firearm to the locality or agent of such locality unless the governing body of the locality has enacted an ordinance, pursuant to § 15.2-1425, authorizing the participation of the locality or agent of such locality in such program.
B. Any ordinance enacted pursuant to this section shall require that any firearm received, except a firearm of the type defined in § 18.2-288 or 18.2-299 or a firearm the transfer for which is prohibited by federal law, shall be destroyed by the locality unless the person surrendering the firearm requests in writing that the firearm be offered for sale by public auction or sealed bids to a person licensed as a dealer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 921 et seq. Notice of the date, time, and place of any sale conducted pursuant to this subsection shall be given by advertisement in at least two newspapers published and having general circulation in the Commonwealth, at least one of which shall have general circulation in the locality in which the property to be sold is located. At least 30 days shall elapse between publication of the notice and the auction or the date on which sealed bids will be opened. Any firearm remaining in possession of the locality or agent of the locality after attempts to sell at public auction or by sealed bids shall be disposed of in a manner the locality deems proper, which may include destruction of the firearm or, subject to any registration requirements of federal law, sale of the firearm to a licensed dealer.
2. That § 15.2-915.1 of the Code of Virginia is repealed.