Personal Protection is Good and Sufficient Reason for Carrying at Church
Va. Stat. § 18.2–283 makes it a misdemeanor to “carry any gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger or other dangerous weapon, without good and sufficient reason, to a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes.” Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli has just issued an opinion concluding that “carrying a weapon for personal protection constitutes a good and sufficient reason” for purposes of the statute. The opinion also notes that the church, as property owner, may bar people from carrying weapons onto its property, but that’s a separate legal question. Thanks to Prof. Josie F. Brown (First Amendment Law Prof Blog) for the pointer.
Can we get this exception inserted into the law here and then get this AG to be the Utah AG long enough to issue the same opinion? If we can't get rid of the stupid law altogether, I'm sure we could work with this.