They must be getting desperate, I had a robo-call tonight from Governor Kaine telling me all about the Washington Post hit piece on Cuccenelli.
Mike if you get a chance, maybe you could expound a little bit about your mention of Jerrry Kilgore's AG Opinion
which you described as saying "that high school students may store unloaded guns in vehicles on school grounds".
I read through the opinion and what it seems to say is that School Boards are free to discipline students, even if they do
conform with the 2003 amendment to 18.2-308.1.
Crossing from page 5 into page 6, I found:
The 2003 amendment permits a student to possess a firearm that is unloaded and in a "closed container," which "includes a locked vehicle trunk," on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. The 2003 amendment, however, does not restrict the discretion of a school board to consider discipline for such a student that includes expulsion.
I don't see how this opinion allows students to store unloaded guns in their vehicles, if they are still subject to expulsion for doing so.
However, later on page 6, AG Kilgore continues with:
A school board may not, however, have a per se rule expelling all students whose actions are in conformity with the 2003 amendment. Student conduct in conformance with the 2003 amendment, however, coupled with some other behavior, may give rise to "sufficient cause" for suspension or expulsion under Section 22.1-277(A).
Do you believe this means that a student whose only
conduct in question is the storage of a firearm according to the 2003 Amendment would not
be subject to discipline?
There is a student in Orange County
right now who would probably be very interested
in this opinion.
I would be interested in more discussion of this.