HERNDON, VA — A new ordinance under consideration by the Herndon Town Council would prohibit the carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components on any town-owned properties, including buildings, parks, and recreation centers. The ban would also extend to any street, alley, sidewalk or right-of-way where a town-sponsored event is taking place.

Violation of the gun ban ordinance would be considered a class 1 misdemeanor. Under the Virginia Code, a class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

On Friday afternoon, the town posted a draft of the ordinance on its website ahead of next Tuesday's public hearing, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers located at 765 Lynn St.

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If enacted as is, the ordinance would direct the Town Manager to implement any security measures necessary for the enforcement of the new law. This could include installing metal detectors or hiring extra security.

The ordinance contains several exceptions to the gun ban, including any police or collegiate training program or any recognized club team that uses firearms. Sworn law enforcement officers are also excluded, as are security personnel hired by the town, individuals authorized to carry a concealed firearm under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, active duty military personnel acting in the scope of their duties, and persons possessing a valid concealed handgun permit. Educational activities, such as historical reenactments or static displays, are also permitted.

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The ordinance also requires that a notice of the gun ban be placed at the entrance to any town-owned property or at any town-sponsored events.

In 2020, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation enabling localities to adopt ordinances to prohibit the possession of firearms in certain cases. The law went into effect on July 1, 2020.

Following the passing of the legislation, a number of Northern Virginia jurisdictions passed ordinances limiting the possession of firearms on public property, including Arlington County, the City of Falls Church, the City of Fairfax, and Fairfax County.

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