ABC8: Bill would change how Virginia parents would be charged if their child obtains a firearm

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In the Commonwealth of Virginia, adults can be held legally responsible if a child obtains their firearm — and proposed legislation could strengthen these regulations.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Richmond Police Department charged 59-year-old Cornelius Robinson of Richmond, a family member of an Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary School student who brought a loaded gun onto school property, with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said that, when these types of cases come through her office, she asks several questions about the circumstances.

“We often want to ask the question of how did this child obtain this firearm,” Taylor said. “Where did they find it? Where was it at the time that they found it? Under what circumstances? Was it secure? Was it loaded? Did the grown-up in the home know that there was a weapon in the house?”

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