Sponsor:                                                Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:
Sharon Grove McCamy, Lee District Supervisor                        July 21, 2003

Staff Lead:                                                                        Department:

Paul S. McCulla                                                                County Attorney


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

Topic Description:

Section 16-7 of the Fauquier County Code prohibits the carrying of weapons in a County park.  The Virginia General Assembly has amended the Code of Virginia to restrict the ability of local governments to regulate the carrying, possession and transportation of firearms.  In so doing, the Virginia General Assembly, however, grandfathered existing Ordinances.  Fauquier County Code provisions come under the grandfathering rules.  Since that time, the General Assembly has also amended its Code to prohibit Commonwealth’s Attorneys from prosecuting persons with concealed weapons when they are carrying concealed weapons in parks pursuant to a validly issued permit.   On June 16, this matter came before the Board for consideration and a resolution authorizing the public hearing was adopted.  The public hearing was scheduled for the Board’s July meeting.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Hold a public hearing and consider adoption of a proposed Ordinance amending Section 16-7 of the Code of Fauquier County to add subsection (d) to permit certain individuals to carry concealed firearms in public parks.

Financial Impacts Analysis:


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Parks and Recreation Department


  1. Ordinance
  2. Substitute Resolution