Fairfax County took a tentative step Tuesday toward outlawing loaded shotguns and rifles on roadways, an action prompted by Democratic state lawmakers that taps into the hardened divisions over gun regulation in Virginia.
A motion approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors directs county staff to study whether Fairfax should take advantage of a 2004 state hunting law that allows local jurisdictions to bar most people from driving with loaded shotguns and rifles.
The Democrat-controlled board will act on the staff’s recommendation in June.
In Northern Virginia, only Loudoun and Fauquier counties and the city of Alexandria have barred driving with loaded shotguns and rifles. The state law allows fines of up to $100…
…Prince William Supervisor Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge) said he doesn’t expect the county’s Republican-controlled board to pass any gun reforms. But, he said, he still plans to pursue a ban for loaded shotguns and rifles on roads later this month.
“I think it’s necessary and important to continue this national dialogue we’re having about gun violence,” Principi said. So far, he said, he’s received angry messages that “basically tell me to leave well enough alone.”