School security officers; employment by private or religious schools, carrying a firearm. (HB1656)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Sen. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School security officers; employment by private or religious schools; carrying a firearm in performance of duties. Allows private or religious schools to employ a school security officer and to authorize a school security officer to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties, subject to the same criteria for carrying a firearm in the performance of his duties imposed on a school security officer employed by the local school board. The bill also updates the definition of school security officer in the assault and battery statute. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/29/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100833D
11/29/2018Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2019Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #2
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/16/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1656)
01/21/2019Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Read first time
01/24/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2019Read third time and passed House (78-Y 16-N)
01/25/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Read third time
02/11/2019Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1656ER)
02/13/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1656ER)
02/13/2019Signed by Speaker
02/14/2019Signed by President
02/15/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 15, 2019
02/15/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2019
02/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 120 (effective 7/1/19)
02/21/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0120)


Bill writes:

Let them catty!

Bill writes:

Whoops carry