ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 16-7 OF THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF FAUQUIER BY ADDING SUBSECTION (d) TO ALLOW CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY CONCEALED HANDGUNS IN COUNTY PARKS

            WHEREAS, The Fauquier County Ordinance currently prohibits the carrying of weapons, including concealed weapons, in public parks located0 within the County; and

            WHEREAS, by the adoption of this Ordinance, the Board of Supervisors determines it to be in the best interest of the citizens of the County to permit persons holding a valid concealed weapons permit to carry a concealed weapon in any park located in the County; now, therefore, be it

ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this ____ day of ______ 2003, That Section 16-7 of the Code of the County of Fauquier be, and is hereby, amended to add subsection (d) to read as follows:

Sec. 16-7.    Firearms and other dangerous devices.

            (a)        It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or to discharge in any park any pistol, revolver, shotgun, BB gun, air gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, dart device, or other weapon in which the propelling force is gunpowder, a spring or air, except as may be carried by a duly authorized law enforcement officer.

            (b)        It shall be unlawful for nay person to use, discharge, or have in his possession any fireworks, firecrackers, explosives or rockets of any kind, except for properly supervised, parks and recreation department-sponsored activity in designated areas at designated times.

            (c)        It shall be unlawful for any person to use, carry or have in his possession any knife with a blade of more than three (3) inches except where such knife is necessary for preparation of food within any park.

            (d)        Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, any person who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun which is valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia and who has on his person that valid permit may possess a concealed handgun in a park.