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VA Senate Panel Advances 3 School Safety Bills

RICHMOND,VA (AP) - A Virginia legislative committee has advanced three bills intended to improve school safety.

The bills were recommended by a task force appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in response to the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. McDonnell submitted the legislation Friday.

1 of the bills endorsed Monday by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee would increase the punishment for straw-man gun transactions. Those are transactions that occur when a person legally buys a gun with the intent to transfer it to someone who is prohibited from purchasing a firearm.

Another bill sent to the Senate floor would increase the penalty for entering a school armed and with intent to commit a felony. The third measure would provide civil immunity to anyone reporting a campus threat.

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