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The original Gun Free School Zone Act of 1990 was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1995. Congress re-wrote the act in 1996 to comply with the Supreme Court's objections and it is now in force with minor tweaks to the language. The re-written act can be found HERE. There is an exemption for concealed permit holders which states:

"(ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do
so by the State in which the school zone is located or a
political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or
political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains
such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or
political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified
under law to receive the license;"


To make the matter even clearer, here is a letter from the BATF.


Does this mean if you have a VA issued CHP you can have a gun within 1000 feet of a school? It appears so, but you should talk to a lawyer before you make yourself a test case. The owner of this website has openly carried a handgun on a public sidewalk within 100 feet of a school in plain sight of two police cars. The weather was warm and the windows were down, one of the officers was clearly heard to say "Oh cool, he's carrying". Your mileage may vary depending on how informed (or misinformed) the officer is who spots you with a handgun in a GFSZ. You may want to keep a printout of the GFSZA in your wallet in case you are ever stopped and need to explain the legality of your actions to someone.

You may be interested to read this section of Virginia code. Specifically, you are looking for this statement in the code:

(vii) a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.