Lawmakers in Richmond are wrapping up work on a variety of school safety bills. They're part of a series of recommendations from the governor's School and Campus Safety Task Force.
A bill now on its way to the governor's desk would step up the penalty for so-called "strawman" purchases - selling a gun to a person who legally should not have one, like a felon or someone who is mentally ill. The penalty would become a class four felony, punishable by a minimum of two years in prison.
Another bill comes up for a vote Friday in the state Senate. It makes it easier to report a potentially dangerous situation in schools by granting civil immunity to anyone who reports a credible threat.
"I would hope that people would step forward boldly anyway," said bill patron Sen. Stephen Martin, "but in case somebody has a reluctance because of liability, then this removes that."
Legislation is also pending to fund school security upgrades and establish threat assessment teams in public schools.
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