RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — New safety measures could be put in place to beef up security at Richmond’s City Hall. 8News spoke with a member of the Richmond City Council on Wednesday about how he feels after the Virginia Beach shooting.
Councilman Michael Jones (9th District) told 8News he has been worried about security at City Hall since he started his term. Jones has come up with two ideas on how to make the building safer.
“I just want to ensure that my colleagues are safe, individuals who work at City Hall are safe,” Jones said.
Jones’ first proposal is for the City of Richmond to gain the ability to ban guns from government buildings. Right now, Virginia law blocks local governments from restricting weapons.
“I just believe people have the right to be safe. Your right to bear arms should not encroach on my right to be safe,” Jones told 8News.
His second idea is for metal detectors to be installed inside City Hall in order to prevent easy access to the building.
“Anyone’s able to come in,” Jones explained. “We have security guards, but they don’t stop, they don’t check, they don’t assess. They’ll help you get to a meeting know what floor something is on.”
Councilman Jones says there are safety concerns inside council chambers.
“My concern is just someone being around us, having access to us, being able to ensure that someone who has an issue with someone on council that their access is limited. We’re trapped at the back of the building,” Jones said.
Jones’ two resolutions are being drafted, and he plans to present them to the council by the end of June. Mayor Stoney says police have been instructed to increase patrols at City Hall and explained that officials are reviewing security measures in all Richmond government offices.