Making it illegaler

What does a “lawmaker” do when he’s afraid someone may break the law?

Why…introduce a law making it illegal to break the law of course.

With the exception of any person who lawfully possesses a handgun, no person shall possess any weapon set forth in subsection A of § 18.2-308 while in the Capitol of Virginia or in any other building owned by the Commonwealth and used predominantly for the conduct of the business of the General Assembly.

So if you are unlawfully in possession of a weapon, you can no longer unlawfully enter a a state government building…because it would be unlawful. Again.

Or something.

Hat tip to VSSA Blog


3 thoughts on “Making it illegaler

  1. While I agree that it’s awkwardly worded, to say the least, it seems to me what they’re trying to say is that weapons aren’t allowed, except for lawfully-carried handguns. In other words, if you can legally possess it, you can carry a handgun openly, and if you have a CHP, you can carry it concealed.

    But leave your rifles and machetes and bazookas and cutlasses at home. Oh, and hand grenades.

  2. Except that the Code of Virginia already makes it illegal to carry concealed weapons. Possessing a valid concealed handgun permit is an affirmative defense against a charge of carrying a concealed handgun, but other than that, concealed weapons are illegal.

    The only NEW thing his proposed law is making illegal is the carry of NON concealed weapons (swords, bowie knives, throwing stars, etc) into General Assembly buildings…it doesn’t even prohibit the carry of NON concealed handguns, as that is lawful in Virginia without a permit and the proposed law specifically exempts lawful carry of handguns.

    So unless they’ve been having problems with people open carrying shuriken or nun chukka into general assembly buildings lately, this law does nothing but make unlawful carrying of concealed weapons even more unlawful.

  3. Maybe they’re concerned with sharp pencils or liquids in amounts larger than 3oz? Some people throw shoes. Those can all be weapons depending on definitions.

    Keep an eye on administrative definitions of the word “weapon.”

    Interesting times, eh?

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