BLACKSBURG, Va. – Blacksburg Town Council approved a gun ban Tuesday night for town-owned property, including town hall and public parks and recreation centers.
Town leaders were able to do this thanks to legislation passed by the General Assembly.
So far, it has received mixed reactions across town.
“When you’re in a college town where it’s, you know, you run that risk, I understand why there’d be a ban,” said George Wenn, a senior at Virginia Tech.
Christopher McHale, whose son went to Virginia Tech, raised a concern over safety.
“People feel safer if they’re protected. If I’m not allowed to have a firearm and somebody has one illegally, he’s protected, I’m not,” said McHale.
The ban also applies to town-permitted events on public property.