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2017 SESSION

17100145D
HOUSE BILL NO. 1683
Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 6, 2017
A BILL to amend and reenact 18.2-287.4 of the Code of Virginia, relating to prohibited carrying of certain firearms; penalty.
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Patrons-- Simon, Hope, Kory, Levine, Plum, Rasoul, Torian and Tyler
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Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 18.2-287.4 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty.

It shall be is unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) (i) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) (ii) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered or rifle on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, or any person having a valid concealed handgun permit or to any person actually engaged in lawful hunting or lawful recreational shooting activities at an established shooting range or shooting contest. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The exemptions set forth in 18.2-308 and 18.2-308.016 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the provisions of this section.