Governor Signs Bill Allowing Retired Police to Carry Guns on School Property

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Michaele White, Governor's Office

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation that will allow some retired police officers to carry guns while working as security guards in Virginia schools, a reversal from last year when he vetoed a similar bill with weaker training requirements. Guns are generally banned from school grounds under state law, with an exception for active law enforcement personnel assigned to schools as part of their official duties.

House Bill 1392 would give schools the option of hiring armed security guards as school board employees, but only if the guard is a retired law enforcement officer who has been retired for 10 years or less.

The bill passed the Republican-controlled General Assembly by wide margins in the Senate and House of Delegates. Some Democrats opposed it, calling it an ill-advised loosening of restrictions on guns in schools.

McAuliffe quietly signed the bill Monday, according to the state’s online legislative system. It will go into effect July 1.