The Vice Mayor of Newport News attended the York BoS meeting last night (7/20/2010) out of concern for the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport being exposed to perhaps stray gunfire resulting from the repeal of York's "no discharge" ordinance. I reminded her that our "no discharge" ordinance in Newport News didn't seem to be working so well. She responded that a violation could always be tacked on to other charges.
I looked up our city code (http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14013&stateId=46&stateName=Vir ginia)and found this: State law reference—Authority of city to regulate or prohibit the discharge of firearms, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-1113; discharging firearms in city street or other public places, Code of Virginia, §§ 18.2-280, 18.2-286.
15.2-1113. Dangerous, etc., business or employment; transportation of offensive substances; explosive or inflammable substances; fireworks. Then, there's this:
A municipal corporation may regulate or prohibit the conduct of any dangerous, offensive or unhealthful business, trade or employment; the transportation of any offensive substance; the manufacture, storage, transportation, possession and use of any explosive or inflammable substance; and the use and exhibition of fireworks and the discharge of firearms. A municipal corporation may also require the maintenance of safety devices on storage equipment for such substances or items.
The phrase "such substances or items" is pretty vague. Could we be talking city mandated trigger locks, storage permits, ammunition quantity, and other restrictions here?
. Control of firearms; applicability to authorities and local governmental agencies.
A. No locality shall adopt or enforce any ordinance, resolution or motion, as permitted by Â§ 15.2-1425
, and no agent of such locality shall take any administrative action, governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof other than those expressly authorized by statute. For purposes of this section, a statute that does not refer to firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, shall not be construed to provide express authorization.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit a locality from adopting workplace rules relating to terms and conditions of employment of the workforce. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a law-enforcement officer, as defined in Â§ 9.1-101
from acting within the scope of his duties.
The provisions of this section applicable to a locality shall also apply to any authority or to a local governmental entity, including a department or agency, but not including any local or regional jail or juvenile detention facility.
B. Any local ordinance, resolution or motion adopted prior to the effective date of this act governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, other than those expressly authorized by statute, is invalid.