General Assembly Likely to Review Gun Laws, School Security

House of Delegates speaker says review likely to come on laws restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill.

House of Delegates Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) told WTOP he expects the 2013 General Assembly to review restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally ill and proposals for increased school security.

He also said Connecticut has stricter gun laws than Virginia.

But "it goes way beyond gun control," Howell said, referring to last month's shootings that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The General Assembly meets for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days, according to the General Assembly website.  This year's session begins on Jan. 9.

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Don Boileau January 03, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I once visited a school in Michigan that had faced disruption problems. Thirty five hall monitors were hired to protect the school's occupants. To have a "secure" school each patrol person could not get out of sight of another monitor--that is why 35 were needed. Think of the COST of 35 trained and armed people.


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