The state of Virginia opened up the floodgates when it decided that localities can enforce gun control measures stricter than what the state legislature decides. One town in Virginia, Herndon, is now taking this to its logical conclusion and is considering banning guns from all city property.
Herndon is looking to ban guns from being used, transported, or even held by any persons on town property. As for what town property means, From Reston Now:
If approved, the ban would restrict the possession, use, and transportation of any firearms on specified town-owned property, including parks and community centers. It would also apply to any public street, sidewalk, right-of-way, or public place specifically being used for an official town-sponsored event.
Some residents fired off on a similar ban in Fairfax County, which was passed nearly one year ago. Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and other neighboring jurisdictions also have similar ordinances.
As drafted, all violations would be classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. The ordinance does not apply to sworn or retired law enforcement officers, military personnel who are conducting official duties, historical re-enactors, private security hired by the town, and individuals who have a concealed handgun allowed through a valid concealed handgun permit.
Once again law-abiding gun owners are being punished for no real reason at all. This proposal effectively bans the carrying of firearms and will undoubtedly be enforced considering the way the state is shifting politically.