Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That §18.2-308.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§18.2-308.1. Possession of firearm, stun weapon, or other weapon on school property prohibited.
A. If any person possesses any (i) stun weapon as defined in
this section; (ii) knife, except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of
less than three inches; or (iii) weapon, including a weapon of like kind,
designated in subsection A of §18.2-308, other than a firearm; upon (a) the
property of any public
B. If any person possesses any firearm designed or intended to
expel a projectile by action of an explosion of a combustible material while
such person is upon (i) any public
C. If any person possesses any firearm designed or intended to
expel a projectile by action of an explosion of a combustible material within a
or religious elementary, middle or high school building and intends to use, or
attempts to use, such firearm, or displays such weapon in a threatening manner,
The exemptions set out in §18.2-308 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the provisions of this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) persons who possess such weapon or weapons as a part of the school's curriculum or activities; (ii) a person possessing a knife customarily used for food preparation or service and using it for such purpose; (iii) persons who possess such weapon or weapons as a part of any program sponsored or facilitated by either the school or any organization authorized by the school to conduct its programs either on or off the school premises; (iv) any law-enforcement officer; (v) any person who possesses a knife or blade which he uses customarily in his trade; (vi) a person who possesses an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container, or a knife having a metal blade, in or upon a motor vehicle, or an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle; (vii) a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school; or (viii) an armed security officer, licensed pursuant to Article 4 (§9.1-138 et seq.) of Chapter 1 of Title 9.1, hired by a private or religious school for the protection of students and employees as authorized by such school. For the purposes of this paragraph, "weapon" includes a knife having a metal blade of three inches or longer and "closed container" includes a locked vehicle trunk.
As used in this section:
"Stun weapon" means any device that emits a momentary or pulsed output, which is electrical, audible, optical or electromagnetic in nature and which is designed to temporarily incapacitate a person.