Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 18.2-283.2 as follows:
§18.2-283.2. Possession of handguns in legislative buildings.
A. No person shall possess a firearm while in Capitol Square, including in the Capitol of Virginia, or in any building owned by the Commonwealth and used predominantly for the conduct of the business of the General Assembly.
B. Any person who enters the Capitol of Virginia or any other building owned by the Commonwealth and used predominantly for the conduct of the business of the General Assembly shall be required to go through screening conducted by the Capitol Police or an agent of the Capitol Police. The method of screening shall be determined by the Capitol Police.
C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any member of the General Assembly or to any law-enforcement officer.