Deeds and UVA police push bill to ban guns on college campuses
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local lawmakers are pushing to change gun laws after the deadly shooting that killed three University of Virginia football players.
The proposed bill would help keep firearms off of college campuses across the state. Senator Creigh Deeds and UVA Police Chief Tim Longo are at the forefront of this effort.
On Monday morning, Deeds introduced an amendment to a law that would make carrying a gun in "sensitive spaces" on college campuses illegal. Sensitive spaces are places like dorms, stadiums and libraries.
“This bill is the result of the shooting at UVA last year," Deeds said.
Right now, it’s against UVA policy to have a gun on Grounds, so it's the administration's job to enforce it.
Longo said this law would let the police department handle the investigation For example, if they get a tip a student has a gun, officers would have the power to do something about it.
"There's a tremendous amount of sensitivity and concern around the tragedy that happened here on Grounds. And you know in the aftermath of something like this, people have questions. And a lot of those questions deal with process. And right now, we're looking at the process of how we use our law enforcement assets to prevent something like this from happening in the future," Longo said.
Sworn police officers and certain organizations like the ROTC programs would still have weapons under this bill.
The legislation is still working its way through the Senate committee process.