Wait, wtf? I thought the 1000' rule was a California rule? You free-staters have to worry about that crap as well or what?
Well, in California if you do it, you're most likely going to be convicted. The state laws are enforced and seemingly enforceable.
In other states, well, I guess that's up to everyone to decide for themselves whether the Federal law has any merit to it.
It's a Federal law, not a state one (though the state may have one as well).
As I understand it, though, if you have a permit to carry
(in Virginia, that would be your concealed handgun permit - open carry requires no permit), then you're fine, as long as you don't actually set foot on school property
(in your car is OK).
It's really annoying, though - you have to map out where all the school zones are on a trip, just to be sure you don't run afoul of the 1000 foot rule, if you don't have a CHP.
No, this part is not right. If you are within the 1000 foot ring and carrying either open or concealed, you must have a state issued permit to do so. This is a stupid federal law, not a Virginia state ruling. Here is the exact text;
(A) It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.
(B) Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm—
(i) on private property not part of school grounds;
(ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license;
(iii) that is—
(I) not loaded; and
(II) in a locked container, or a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle;
(iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone;
(v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual;
(vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or
(vii) that is unloaded and is possessed by an individual while traversing school premises for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting, if the entry on school premises is authorized by school authorities.