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Waynesboro City Council to Hold Special Hearing

The City Council of Waynesboro has heard from many concerned citizens regarding pre-filed gun control related legislation for the upcoming Virginia General Assembly Session.  Due to the amount of interest on this topic, the City Council will hold a special hearing on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Kate Collins Middle School, located at 1625 Ivy Street in Waynesboro. 

Citizens who wish to speak at the meeting are encouraged to signup in advance using an online form.  A signup sheet for speakers will also be available at the door.

Those wishing to attend should be advised:

  • The doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • In accordance with the City Council’s normal public comment period guidelines, speakers will be limited to four (4) minutes in order to hear from as many people as possible.
  • The Council asks that speakers be concise and respectful in their comments.
  • It is the prerogative of the Mayor to close the hearing in order to allow for City Council discussion and potential action.
  • Public Schools are Gun-Free Zone under the Code of Virginia Section 18.2-301.2 which states: If any person knowingly possesses any firearm designed or intended to expel a projectile by action of an explosion of a combustible material while such person is upon (i) any public, private or religious elementary, middle or high school, including buildings and grounds; (ii) that portion of any property open to the public and then exclusively used for school-sponsored functions or extracurricular activities while such functions or activities are taking place; or (iii) any school bus owned or operated by any such school, he is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
  • There is no exception for concealed carry in a public school building.