Council votes to approve ordinance banning open carry of firearms in Newport News city buildings, parks

Posted at 8:55 PM, Jul 14, 2020

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - In a meeting Tuesday night, members of the Newport News City Council voted to approve an ordinance prohibiting the open possession of firearms and ammunition in city buildings, facilities and parks.

The ordinance was passed with a vote of 6-1 and will be in effect starting Tuesday, July 14.

It also prohibits the carrying or transportation of these items "on any public street, road, alley or sidewalk or public right-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used for a City sponsored event."

According to the council's agenda item summary, the ordinance "would not apply to duly authorized law enforcement officers, authorized military personnel in the performance of their local or authority any City the or employed guards security duties, lawful by governmental entity created or controlled by the City in the performance of their lawful duties, or to the lawful possession of a concealed handgun pursuant to a valid concealed handgun permit."

Anyone who violates the ordinance is subject to a civil penalty of $500.

Click here to read the ordinance and the city code provisions pertaining to firearms.

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