Mayor Levar Stoney wants to bar people from carrying guns in Richmond-owned buildings and parks, he said Monday.
Stoney announced plans to introduce an ordinance at Monday night’s City Council meeting banning guns in City Hall, city-owned buildings, public parks and other community facilities.
If approved by the council, Stoney said the Richmond ordinance would take effect immediately – if state lawmakers grant localities the authority to ban guns in municipal buildings at the special session scheduled later this month.
“I don’t want to wait to start this process until after we’ve been granted the authority,” Stoney said at a press conference Monday morning.
The Virginia General Assembly will convene on July 9 to weigh gun measures. Gov. Ralph Northam called the special session after a man shot and killed 12 people and injured four others at Virginia Beach’s government center last month. The shooter, a city employee, was killed by police.
Stoney said he wrote Northam earlier this month and requested state legislation giving localities the authority to ban guns in municipal buildings and parks.
In remarks Monday, Stoney referenced the Virginia Beach shooting as well as the death of Markiya Dickson, a 9-year-old who was shot and killed in Carter Jones Park in South Richmond at a Memorial Day celebration last month.
“The fact that we lost a child – a family lost a child – in a public park … that should not happen to any other family in this city,” Stoney said.
The ordinance will be introduced at the end of the council’s formal meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.
Councilman Michael Jones, of the 9th District, said he supports the mayor’s ordinance and would pursue separately a council vote on the installation of metal detectors at City Hall.
Said Jones, “we want to ensure employees are safe, residents are safe and members of council are safe as well.”