Charlottesville City Council to Vote on 2014 Legislative Program

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On Monday night, Charlottesville City Council is set to vote on a list of priorities to send to lawmakers in Richmond ahead of the 2014 session.

One of those items asks the General Assembly for stricter gun control in the city. Council's request for Charlottesville-specific gun control legislation would add the city to a list of localities that prohibit carrying certain loaded guns in public.

A January incident involving a man who walked into a Charlottesville Kroger store armed with a loaded rifle is an example where this change in legislation would have taken effect.

The unidentified 22-year-old broke no laws during the stunt and was released after police confirmed he owned the gun legally and it was not concealed.

If lawmakers approve the council's request, the man could have been charged with a misdemeanor crime.

Eight communities already have this law in place, including Fairfax, Virginia Beach, and Richmond.

City Council will review eight specific legislative requests and six policy positions to send to Richmond during their meeting Monday night starting at 7:00.

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