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Virginia: Winchester Considering Gun Ban

Monday, February 8, 2021

Virginia: Winchester Considering Gun Ban

On February 9th, the Winchester City Council will consider banning firearms in certain public places. Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to OPPOSE Ordinance No. O-2021-1. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City Council meeting is to be held electronically. Citizens who wish to attend and participate in the public hearing by video conference may click here for information.

Please click the “Take Action” button to contact City Council members directly.


Ordinance No. O-2021-1 prohibits firearms, ammunition, and components in public buildings, public parks, and on public streets and sidewalks where, or adjacent to where, certain events are occurring. There are no exemptions for storage in vehicles or for concealed handgun permit holders. This prohibition applies to both permitted events and events that “would otherwise require a permit,” making it extremely difficult for law-abiding citizens to determine which areas might be, or might become, “gun-free zones.” Individuals who live in an area where an event is occurring may not enter or leave their own property with a firearm. Because this ban includes “components,” citizens may find themselves in legal trouble for accidentally entering one of these vague “gun-free zones” with something as simple as a shell casing forgotten in a pocket or accidentally left in a vehicle.

Again, please contact City Council members and ask them to OPPOSE O-2021-1.

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