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COMMONWEALTH
of
VIRGINIA
Office
of
theAttorneyGeneral
Kenneth
T.
Cuccinelli,
II
AttorneyGeneral
TheHonorableMark
L.
ColeMember,House
of
DelegatesPostOfficeBox6046Fredericksburg,Virginia22403DearDelegateCole:April
8,
2011
900EastMainStreetRichmond,Virginia23219804-786-2071FAX804-786-1991VirginiaRelayServices800-828-1120
7-1-1
Iamrespondingtoyourrequestforanofficialadvisoryopinioninaccordancewith
§
2.2-505
of
the
Code
of
Virginia.
IssuesPresented
Youaskwhetheritispermissibleforacitizentocarryhisfirearmintoaplace
of
worshipforpersonalsafetypurposesunder§18.2-293,whichrequiresa"goodandsufficientreason"forcarryingafirearminto
"a
place
of
worshipwhileameetingforreligiouspurposesisbeingheldatsuchplace."]
You
furtherinquirewhetherachurchmaybanweaponsonitsproperty.Theconstruction
of
thisstatutehasbeenthesource
of
multipleinquiriestothisoffice.
Response
It
is
myopinionthatcarryingaweaponforpersonalprotectionconstitutesagoodandsufficientreasonunderthestatutetocarryaweaponintoaplace
of
worshipwhileameetingforreligiouspurposes
is
beingheldthere.
It
isfurther
my
opinionthatplaces
of
worshipcanrestrictorbanfirearmsfromtheirpremises.
ApplicableLawandDiscussion
TherighttobeararmsisprotectedbytheConstitutions
ofVirginil
and
of
theUnitedStates.
3
St.
GeorgeTucker,author
of
thefirstscholarly
c o m m e n t ~
onthefederalConstitutionin1803,describedtherighttobeararmsas
'''the
truepalladium
of
liberty.'"
1
Iwillassumeforpurposes
of
thisopinionthatthecitizenwishingtocarryaconcealedweaponhasanappropriatepennit.
2
"[T]heright
of
thepeopletokeepandbeararmsshall
notbe
infringed[.]"
VA.
CaNST.
art.I,
§
13.3"[T]heright
of
thepeopletokeepandbear
Anns,
shall
not
beinfringed."U.S.
CaNST.
amend.II.TheSecondAmendmentappliestotheStatesaswellastotheUnitedStatesgovernment.McDonald
v.
City
of
Chicago,130S.Ct.3020,3026(2010)(quotationsandcitationsomitted).4District
of
Columbia
v.
Heller,554U.S.570,606(2008)(quoting1Blackstone'sCommentaries,app.300,NoteD,"View
of
theConstitution
of
theUnitedStates"
(1803».

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