Fairfax's Push for Gun Limits Dies in House
From Saturday's Metro section:
A bill promoted by Fairfax County to ban the carrying of guns into certain areas of police stations and other law enforcement buildings died in a state House subcommittee yesterday.
Fairfax County Police Chief David M. Rohrer pushed for the bill, in part because of the shooting deaths of two officers outside the Sully police station in May. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), passed the Senate unanimously Feb. 1. But it did not survive yesterday's hearing in a subcommittee of the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, chaired by Del. Thomas C. Wright Jr. (R-Lunenburg). The panel's other four members also represent primarily rural areas opposed to gun restrictions.
Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) expressed frustration with the bill's demise and said it reflects a lack of understanding of the challenges urban counties face with gun violence.
-- Bill Turque