Legislative Committee Advances Three Bills Aimed at School Safety

      Richmond, VA - A Virginia legislative committee has advanced three bills intended to improve school safety.

      The bills were recommended by the school safety task force appointed by Governor McDonnell in response to the Newtown shooting.

      One of the bills endorsed would increase the punishment for straw-man gun transactions. Those are transactions that occur when a person legally buys a gun with the intent to transfer it to someone who is prohibited from purchasing a firearm.

      Another bill sent would increase the penalty for entering a school armed and with intent to commit a felony.

      The third measure would provide civil immunity to anyone reporting a campus threat.