August 20, 2020
Last week, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney introduced an ordinance that would expand the city’s current ban on carrying firearms in city-owned and operated parks and facilities.
The new ordinance would “prohibit the possession, carrying or transportation of any firearms in any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way or any open public space when it is being used by, or is adjacent to, an event that requires a city permit.”
Stoney claims that the ordinance will promote the health and safety of Richmond residents. However, critics of the proposed ordinance point to rallies and events across the political spectrum that are safer when firearms are not banned. The murder of Heather Heyer at a protest against white supremacy in Richmond was highlighted, as were the many peaceful pro-Second Amendment rallies that take place in the city. Opponents say that the Second Amendment keeps everyone safe, no matter what cause they support.
This ordinance was made possible by the Virginia State Legislature’s passing of a law that allows municipalities to ban firearms at public events.
The ordinance will now be vetted by the City Council and is expected to be voted on in the coming months. Renzulli Law Firm, LLP will continue to monitor the progress of the ordinance. If you have any questions concerning firearms related legislation, please contact John F. Renzulli or Christopher Renzulli.