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VCDL 2013 Legislation Tracking Tool

Bills We Strongly Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1604       Patron: Peter F. Farrell (by request)  -  all patrons                                          

Department of Criminal Justice Services; private security services businesses; firearms. Prohibits the Criminal Justice Services Board from adopting any regulation that would prevent an employee of any electronic security business, other than an alarm respondent, or a locksmith from carrying a firearm in the course of that person's duties when such person has been issued and carries with him a valid concealed handgun permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows employees for a locksmith or electronic security services business to carry a concealed handgun on the job if they have a concealed handgun permit.
01/06/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101026D
01/06/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/11/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #3
01/14/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
01/18/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/18/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13103975D-H1
01/21/13  House: Read first time
01/22/13  House: Read second time
01/22/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13103975D-H1
01/22/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1604H1
01/23/13  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/23/13  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
01/24/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
02/08/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13  Senate: Read third time
02/11/13  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13  House: Enrolled
02/14/13  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1604ER)
02/14/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/14/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/05/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 69 (effective 7/1/13)
03/05/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0069)




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HB2317       Patron: Richard L. Anderson  -  all patrons                                          



VCDL Comments
This bill allows military personnel residing in a nearby state and communting to a duty post in Virginia, to be able to purchase guns in Virginia.

01/18/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103848D
01/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/25/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/25/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13104603D-H1
01/28/13  House: Read first time
01/29/13  House: Read second time
01/29/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13104603D-H1
01/29/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2317H1
01/30/13  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/30/13  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
02/08/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13  Senate: Read third time
02/11/13  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/13  House: Enrolled
02/15/13  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2317ER)
02/15/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/18/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 450 (effective 7/1/13)
03/16/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0450)




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SB1335       Patron: Mark D. Obenshain  -  all patrons                                          



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person who is under protection by a protection order to have their CHP information withheld from public dissemination.

01/18/13  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13103858D
01/18/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N)
01/25/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/28/13  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/13  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/05/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/13  House: Read first time
02/05/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 0-N)
02/08/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (16-Y 6-N)
02/08/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13104716D-H1
02/11/13  House: Read second time
02/12/13  House: Read third time
02/12/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13104716D-H1
02/12/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1335H1
02/12/13  House: Passed House with substitute (76-Y 23-N)
02/12/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (76-Y 23-N)
02/14/13  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (31-Y 9-N)
02/14/13  Senate: Title replaced 13104716D-H1
02/19/13  Senate: Enrolled
02/19/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1335ER)
02/19/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/20/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/20/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 659 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0659)




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SB1363       Patron: Jill Holtzman Vogel  -  all patrons                                          

Transfer of firearms; residency of armed forces members. Provides that residency for members of the armed forces for the purpose of firearms purchases in the Commonwealth shall include both the member's permanent duty post and the nearby state in which the member resides and from which he commutes to the permanent duty post. This bill is identical to HB 2317.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows military personnel residing in a nearby state and communting to a duty post in Virginia, to be able to purchase guns in Virginia.
01/18/13  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13104285D
01/18/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/28/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed 13104610D-S1
01/29/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/30/13  Senate: Read second time
01/30/13  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/30/13  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 13104610D-S1
01/30/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1363S1
01/31/13  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/13  House: Read first time
02/05/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/08/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
02/11/13  House: Read second time
02/12/13  House: Read third time
02/12/13  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/12/13  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/13  Senate: Enrolled
02/15/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1363ER)
02/15/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/18/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/20/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 662 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0662)




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Bills We Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1582       Patron: Mark L. Cole  -  all patrons                                          

Armed security officers; protection of schools and child day centers. Permits any armed security officers licensed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services to carry firearms onto private or religious school property if such officer is hired by the private or religious school to provide protection to students and employees. The bill also prohibits the Board of Social Services from adopting any regulations that would prevent a child day center from hiring an armed security officer.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows for armed security guards at a school. Delegate Marshall.s bill, HB 1557, is superior to this bill.
01/04/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103101D
01/04/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/25/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (16-Y 6-N)
01/25/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13104252D-H1
01/28/13  House: Read first time
01/29/13  House: Read second time
01/29/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13104252D-H1
01/29/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1582H1
01/30/13  House: Read third time and passed House (73-Y 25-N)
01/30/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 25-N)
01/31/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/13  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/13  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with amendments (13-Y 2-N)
02/08/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13  Senate: Read third time
02/11/13  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/11/13  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/11/13  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (34-Y 6-N)
02/12/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/13  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (81-Y 18-N)
02/13/13  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (81-Y 18-N)
02/18/13  House: Enrolled
02/18/13  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1582ER)
02/18/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 416 (effective 7/1/13)
03/16/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0416)
 
HB1833       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          
Reorganizing and recodifying the law related to carrying concealed weapons and concealed handgun permits. Reorganizes the existing 18.2-308 into a new Article 6.1 in Chapter 7 of Title 18.2. The new article creates separate, discrete sections to address the general criminal prohibition against carrying concealed weapons; the requirements for applying for a concealed handgun permit; the process the circuit court follows in reviewing, issuing, and denying permits; the appeals process procedures for nonresidents to obtain permits; the renewal process disqualifications; and other procedural issues currently addressed in 18.2-308. The bill also contains numerous technical amendments. This bill does not make any substantive changes to existing law.



VCDL Comments
This bill reorganizes 18.2-308 so that it can be more easily read and modified.
01/08/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100666D
01/08/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/11/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
01/14/13  House: Read first time
01/15/13  House: Passed by for the day
01/16/13  House: Read second time
01/16/13  House: Speaker ruled Amendments by Delegate Morrissey not germane
01/16/13  House: Engrossed by House
01/17/13  House: Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N)
01/17/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
01/18/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/18/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
02/08/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13  Senate: Read third time
02/11/13  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13  House: Enrolled
02/14/13  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1833ER)
02/14/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/14/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/05/13  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/13  House: Placed on Calendar
04/03/13  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (94-Y 0-N)
04/03/13  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N)
04/03/13  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/03/13  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/13  House: Reenrolled
04/03/13  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1833ER2)
04/03/13  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/13  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/13  House: Enacted, Chapter 746 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0746)




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Bills We Strongly Oppose

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
 
Bills We Oppose

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
 
Bills We Are Currently Neutral On

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1746       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons                                          

Sentencing guidelines; definition of violent felony. Adds to the list of violent felonies: killing of a fetus, criminal street gang recruitment using force, strangulation of another, assault and battery when it is a hate crime, felony violation of a protective order, felony infected sexual battery, manufacture bombs, willfully discharging a firearm in a public place resulting in bodily injury, brandishing a machete or other bladed weapon near a school, wearing body armor while committing certain crimes, display of grooming video to child, cross burning, burning object with intent to intimidate, placing a swastika with intent to intimidate, displaying noose with intent to intimidate, treason, escape of sexually violent predator, and unauthorized dissemination of fusion center information resulting in death or serious bodily injury. When an offense falls under the definition of violent felony, sentencing ranges are increased, punishment is statutorily enhanced for certain other offenses, eligibility for participation in a drug treatment court is restricted, there is a presumption against bail for persons illegally present in the United States, the definition of victim for the purpose of compensation of crime victims by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is expanded, registration of tow truck drivers is prohibited, and restoration of voting rights is limited. This bill is identical to SB 1214.

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VCDL Comments
This bill adds items to violent felonies.
01/08/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101862D
01/08/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/13  House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/23/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/13  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/13  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N)
01/25/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13104471D-H1
01/25/13  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/13  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/31/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/13  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
02/02/13  House: Read first time
02/04/13  House: Read second time
02/04/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13104471D-H1
02/04/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1746H1
02/05/13  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 1-N)
02/05/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 1-N)
02/06/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
02/18/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/13  Senate: Read third time
02/19/13  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/19/13  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/13  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/13  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/13  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
02/23/13  House: Enrolled
02/23/13  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1746ER)
02/23/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 424 (effective 7/1/13)
03/16/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0424)
HB1866       Patron: Roxann L. Robinson  -  all patrons                                          

Public schools; expulsion of students. Removes certain weapons from the definition of "firearm" the possession of which by a student on school property or at a school-sponsored activity is punishable by mandatory expulsion from school for at least one year. These are weapons that are not included in the definition of "firearm" in the federal Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (Part F-Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994).



VCDL Comments
This bill changes the definition of .firearm. in 22.1-277.07
01/08/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102597D
01/08/13  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/13  House: Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
01/25/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/13  House: Reported from Education (19-Y 1-N)
01/29/13  House: Read first time
01/30/13  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/31/13  House: Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/13  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/13  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/08/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13  Senate: Read third time
02/11/13  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13  House: Enrolled
02/14/13  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1866ER)
02/14/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/14/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 288 (effective 7/1/13)
03/13/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0288)
SB1214       Patron: Richard H. Stuart  -  all patrons                                          

Sentencing guidelines; definition of violent felony. Adds to the list of violent felonies: killing of a fetus, criminal street gang recruitment using force, strangulation of another, assault and battery when it is a hate crime, felony violation of a protective order, felony infected sexual battery, manufacture bombs, willfully discharging a firearm in a public place resulting in bodily injury, brandishing a machete or other bladed weapon near a school, wearing body armor while committing certain crimes, display of grooming video to child, cross burning, burning object with intent to intimidate, placing a swastika with intent to intimidate, displaying noose with intent to intimidate, treason, escape of sexually violent predator, and unauthorized dissemination of fusion center information resulting in death or serious bodily injury. When an offense falls under the definition of violent felony, sentencing ranges are increased, punishment is statutorily enhanced for certain other offenses, eligibility for participation in a drug treatment court is restricted, there is a presumption against bail for persons illegally present in the United States, the definition of victim for the purpose of compensation of crime victims by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is expanded, registration of tow truck drivers is prohibited, and restoration of voting rights is limited. This bill is identical to HB 1746.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds items to violent felonies.
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101864D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
01/16/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed 13104032D-S1
01/16/13  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/29/13  Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/13  Senate: Read second time
01/31/13  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/31/13  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 13104032D-S1
01/31/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1214S1
02/01/13  Senate: Bills placed in block (39-Y 0-N)
02/01/13  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/06/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/13  House: Read first time
02/06/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/13  House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/11/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/13  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N)
02/15/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13105092D-H1
02/19/13  House: Read second time
02/20/13  House: Read third time
02/20/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13105092D-H1
02/20/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1214H1
02/20/13  House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/20/13  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/21/13  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/13  Senate: Title replaced 13105092D-H1
02/23/13  Senate: Enrolled
02/23/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1214ER)
02/23/13  Senate: Signed by President
02/23/13  House: Signed by Speaker
03/20/13  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 647 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0647)
 
Bills That Have Been Rolled Into Other Bills, Continued to Next Year, Withdrawn or Killed

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB2277       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons

School security officers. Provides that school security officers shall be retired law-enforcement officers or persons who have been certified as a law-enforcement officer within the previous five years of employment as a school security officer. Such officers would be employed by local law-enforcement agencies to provide armed security services to any Virginia public elementary or secondary school. The bill also provides that school security officers shall be trained and certified by the Virginia Center for School Safety in accordance with minimum training standards developed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Finally, the bill includes school security officers within the School Resource Officer and School Security Officer Grants Program and Incentive Grants Fund.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows schools to hire individuals to provide armed security. This is more expensive than HB 1557 and it doesn.t have a requirement, like HB 1557, that the school have some kind of armed security.
01/16/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103888D
01/16/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/13  House: Tabled in Courts of Justice by voice vote
HB2340       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits state agencies, local governments, or employees thereof from assisting the federal government in any searches, seizsures related to firearms, ammunition, or magazines. Also any federal attempt to create a private sale background check requirement will be treated likewise.

01/18/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13104277D
01/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/25/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (15-Y 7-N)
01/28/13  House: Read first time
01/29/13  House: Passed by for the day
01/30/13  House: Motion to pass by indefinitely rejected (32-Y 63-N)
01/30/13  House: VOTE: REJECTED (32-Y 63-N)
01/30/13  House: Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/30/13  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/13  House: Left in Appropriations
HB2342       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Criminal history information background check; concealed handgun permittees. Requires that the Department of State Police shall provide an expedited process by which a resident of the Commonwealth who presents a validly-issued Virginia concealed handgun permit may receive a criminal history information background check upon the purchase of a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill gives CHP holders an expedited background check when purchasing a firearm.
01/18/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13104280D
01/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/25/13  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (18-Y 4-N)
01/25/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13104604D-H1
01/28/13  House: Read first time
01/29/13  House: Read second time
01/29/13  House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/29/13  House: Rereferred to Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1557       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

School boards; employee firearms training. Requires every school board in the Commonwealth to designate at least one qualified person for every school in the district who, upon application with the school board, may carry a concealed handgun on school property. The bill requires all designated persons, including certain school division employees, certain school volunteers who carry valid concealed handgun permits, and certain retired law-enforcement officers, to be certified and trained by the Virginia Center for School Safety or the National Rifle Association in the storage, use, and handling of a concealed handgun. The bill also outlines the training requirements for designated persons as designed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows for teachers and administrators at a school to carry a gun if trained, worked at school for 3 years and with school board authorization. It also allows both volunteers with concealed handgun permits who volunteered for the last 3 years and are still a volunteer, and retired law-enforcement officers who have lived in the school district for 3 years to be able to carry if the school board authorizes them to. The school board must appoint at least one person to be able to carry. Mass shootings with high body counts happen in .gun-free zones.. This bill allows schools to be significantly better protected than they are currently and with little or no cost to the state.
01/04/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103088D
01/04/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Governor's School Safety Task Force by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1391       Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons

Possession of weapons in state legislative buildings. Prohibits the possession of weapons in legislative buildings except by any person who lawfully possesses a handgun. The provisions of the bill would not apply to General Assembly members or staff or to any law-enforcement officer.



VCDL Comments
This bill in current form bans guns from the General Assembly Building, except for legislators.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/15/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102076D
12/15/12  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Rules with amendment(s)
01/18/13  House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
01/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/31/13  House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote
HB1662       Patron: Mamye E. BaCote  -  all patrons

Control of firearms; libraries owned or operated by localities. Allows a locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits firearms, ammunition, or components, or a combination thereof, in libraries owned or operated by the locality.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows localities to ban firearms and/or ammunition in libraries by ordinance. This bill would destroy preemption and would create a web of complicated gun laws that would do nothing to deter criminals, but would make it much harder for a law-abiding citizen to be able to carry a handgun for self-defense. Crimes are committed in and around libraries and people need to be able to protect themselves wherever they may be.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102665D
01/07/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1693       Patron: Kaye Kory  -  all patrons

Possession of firearm on public school property; penalty. Removes the specific exception for a person who possesses an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container, or a knife having a metal blade of three inches or longer, in or upon a motor vehicle located at any elementary, middle, or high school or an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle located at any elementary, middle, or high school from the list of exceptions for possessing a weapon on school property, which when violated is a Class 6 felony.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the exemption for someone leaving an unloaded, encased firearm in their vehicle on school grounds. So a person would have to leave their lawfully possessed gun at home if they had to make a trip to a school for any reason. Even a concealed handgun permit holder would have to leave their gun at home if they plan to exit their vehicle on school property. That is simply untenable and unreasonable. We need to get rid of .gun-free zones,. not make them even worse.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103145D
01/07/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1148       Patron: A. Donald McEachin  -  all patrons

Prohibition of sale, transfer, etc. of certain firearms magazines; penalties. Prohibits any person from selling, bartering, or transferring a firearms magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill prohibits a person from carrying semi-automatic center-fire firearms with more than 10 rounds of ammunition in a public place; under existing law this prohibition applies only in certain localities and only to such firearms if the firearm holds more than 20 rounds of ammunition. The bill redefines "assault firearm" in the Code section that prohibits noncitizens and persons not lawfully admitted for permanent residence from possessing assault firearms and in the Code section that prohibits dealers from transferring an assault firearm to such persons by reducing the number of rounds of ammunition that the magazine will hold from more than 20 to more than 10. The rounds of ammunition are also reduced from more than 20 to more than 10 in the section that makes it unlawful for a person younger than 18 years of age to possess an assault firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill prevents magazines that hold more than 10 rounds from being imported, sold, bartered, or transferred. It also makes it illegal for those who are not police or don.t have a concealed handgun permit to have a magazine in a firearm if that magazine holds more than 10 rounds. Ten is a totally arbitrary number pulled out of thin air. These kind of magazines were banned federally from 1994 through 2004. After the ban sunset, the violent crime in the United states fell and continues to fall. All this bill does is to strip away more rights from the law-abiding, while doing nothing to combat crime.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103090D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 7-N)
HB2025       Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm purchase and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for sellers to obtain such a check from licensed firearm dealers. A seller who fails to obtain such a check and sells the gun to any other person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that all private sales of firearms have a background check. This creates a defacto registration scheme, where the government knows who has guns and what guns they have. Currently the government doesn.t know what guns a person has, if any. That protects the citizens of the Commonwealth from eventual confiscation. Dealers are also not going to be inclined to participate in running the background checks, due to the extra paperwork (which must be kept for 20 years) and interference with their own business.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103557D
01/09/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1012       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Possession of handguns in legislative buildings. Prohibits the possession of a firearm in Capitol Square, including the Capitol and other buildings predominantly used to conduct the business of the General Assembly. The Capitol Police are required to screen persons entering the Capitol or the General Assembly Building. The prohibition would not apply to members of the General Assembly or to law-enforcement officers.



VCDL Comments
This bill bans possession of firearms in the General Assembly, except for police and (wink, wink) members of the General Assembly.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103240D
01/08/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Committee amendment
01/18/13  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 8-N)
HB2207       Patron: Joseph D. Morrissey  -  all patrons

Sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms and firearms magazines; penalty. Provides that a person who imports, sells, barters, or transfers an assault firearm is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that a person who imports, sells, barters, or transfers a firearms magazine that is designed to hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Finally, the bill provides an exception from both penalties for law-enforcement officers and military personnel.



VCDL Comments
This bill prevents .assault weapons. and magazines that hold more than 20 rounds from being imported, sold, bartered, or transferred. The United States had such an .assault weapon. and magazine ban from 1994 through 2004. When the ban sunset in 2004, violent crime dropped and has been dropping ever since. .Assault weapons. and magazines that can hold more than 20 rounds are exactly what both the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions protect. They provide excellent protection, especially in case of multiple assailants or in the case of riots or violent civil unrest.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103146D
01/10/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1281       Patron: R. Creigh Deeds  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm purchase and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for sellers to obtain such a check from licensed firearm dealers. A seller who fails to obtain such a check and sells the gun to someone who is prohibited from possessing a firearm by state or federal law is guilty of a Class 6 felony.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that all private sales of firearms have a background check. This creates a defacto registration scheme, where the government knows who has guns and what guns they have. Currently the government doesn.t know what guns a person has, if any. That protects the citizens of the Commonwealth from eventual confiscation. Dealers are also not going to be inclined to participate in running the background checks, due to the extra paperwork (which must be kept for 20 years) and interference with their own business.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/15/13  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13103270D
01/15/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 6-N)
HB1410       Patron: James M. Scott  -  all patrons

Possession of firearms following conviction of certain crimes; penalty. Prohibits any person who is convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family member that results in serious bodily injury from possessing, transporting, or carrying a firearm or any other weapon for a period of five years following his conviction. A violation would constitute a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides for the forfeiture of any weapon possessed, transported, or carried in violation of the prohibition. Finally, the bill provides for a process by which a violator may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his rights to possess, transport, or carry a weapon.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that certain misdemeanors can disqualify someone from owning a gun for a period of time. The purpose of misdemeanors was to provide punishment for minor crimes without taking away a person.s constitutional rights. The bill is another bill that provides .special. punishment for gun owners.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/18/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102112D
12/18/12  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2327       Patron: Robert H. Brink  -  all patrons

Purchase of handguns; Limitation on handgun purchases. Prohibits individuals from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.



VCDL Comments
This bill reimplements the old .One Handgun a Month. law.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/18/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13104250D
01/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1326       Patron: Luke E. Torian  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; firearms safety course. Eliminates certain firearms safety courses the completion of which currently satisfies the requirement that all resident and nonresident applicants for a concealed handgun permit demonstrate competence with a handgun. The bill also requires that certain firearms safety courses that satisfy this requirement focus primarily on the use and handling of a concealed handgun.



VCDL Comments
This bill reduces the courses that satisfy the requirement for training when getting a concealed handgun permit. A solution in search of a problem. The Commonwealth is not having any training issues with its 300,000 concealed handgun permit holders.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
11/05/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100094D
11/05/12  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/17/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2251       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms magazines; penalties. Provides that any person, corporation, or other entity that manufactures, imports, possesses, purchases, sells, or transfers any large capacity magazine shall be subject to a $1,000 fine. The bill provides for exceptions to the prohibition, including the owner's registration with the Department of State Police following a criminal history record information check. The willful or intentional making of a materially false statement on the consent form required by the processes required for a criminal history record information check shall be a Class 5 felony. The bill also provides that a registrant is limited to three high capacity magazines and must otherwise dispose of all magazines in excess of the limit. Finally, the bill outlines the registration process for anyone who owns a large capacity magazine.



VCDL Comments
This bill puts severe restrictions on anyone but the police and military of a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds. Possession of such a magazine is only possible if no lower capacity magazine will work in the firearm and possession requires registration and a background. It has very limited grandfathering of those with no more than 3 such magazines.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/15/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103882D
01/15/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2263       Patron: K. Rob Krupicka  -  all patrons

Firearms and ammunition; temporary seizure; penalty. Provides that certain persons shall be required to report to law enforcement whenever they see, hear, receive, or otherwise have communicated to them that an individual intends to inflict death or serious bodily injury on himself or any other person. Failure to provide such report for threats involving violent felonies shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor. Failure to provide such report for threats that do not involve violent felonies shall subject the person to a fine up to $500 for the first failure and to a fine of at least $1,000 for each subsequent failure. The bill also provides that law-enforcement officers may temporarily seize the firearm or ammunition of an individual who indicates his intent to inflict death or serious bodily injury on himself or another person. The bill's reporting requirement shall be the basis of the temporary seizure of a firearm or ammunition in the possession of, owned by, or in the immediate access of an individual who is the subject of the report. Finally, the bill provides the procedure by which law enforcement may temporarily seize the firearm or ammunition of an individual who is the subject of these reports.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes the state to temporarily confiscate the firearms and ammunition of anyone who certain medical and other professionals feels has made a threat of suicide or other violence. This law would discourage someone from seeking help.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/15/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103397D
01/15/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2281       Patron: Jeion A. Ward  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill provides a criminal penalty for someone who does not report a stolen gun within 24 hours from the time he knew, or should have known, of the theft. The victim of a theft is violated yet again by the Commonwealth if he didn.t report a theft quickly enough!

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/16/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13104132D
01/16/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/24/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB911       Patron: Janet D. Howell  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history records check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" and requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before the vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check. The bill also requires that the promoter of a firearms show provide vendors with access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal history record information check. The bill was incorporated into SB 1001.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires any private sales at gun shows go through a background check. The Virginia State Crime Commission did not recommend this bill when asked five years ago. A gun show may not even be able to find a willing dealer to do such background checks due to the paperwork and the 20-year retention of that paperwork. The private sale background check requirement is just the first step in ultimately setting up a total private-sale registration-scheme and it will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns. It will also make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia, which bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. Finally, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, few guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows, so this bill will have no noticeable affect on crime.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103091D
01/07/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1001-Marsh) (14-Y 0-N)
SB785       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Use of firearm in commission of crime; civil liability. Provides that a person may be held civilly liable for injury to the person or property of another or for wrongful death resulting from the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime if it can be shown by clear and convincing evidence that the firearm came into the possession of the person who committed the crime because of the failure of the civil defendant to adequately secure the firearm from theft or unauthorized possession.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes a person civilly liable if a gun is stolen from them, used in a crime, and it is determined that the gun wasn.t .properly. stored to avoid theft or unauthorized use. So the victim who had his gun stolen would then be violated again . this time by the Commonwealth for the subjective determination of whether the gun had been stored .properly. or not!

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/19/12  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103078D
12/19/12  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 5-N)
SB1232       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for sellers to obtain such a check from licensed firearm dealers. A seller who fails to obtain such a check and sells the gun to any other person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill was incorporated into SB 1136.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that all private sales of firearms have a background check. This creates a defacto registration scheme, where the government knows who has guns and what guns they have. Currently the government doesn.t know what guns a person has, if any. That protects the citizens of the Commonwealth from eventual confiscation. Dealers are also not going to be inclined to participate in running the background checks, due to the extra paperwork (which must be kept for 20 years) and interference with their own business.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103748D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1136-McEachin) (14-Y 0-N)
SB1001       Patron: Henry L. Marsh III  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history records check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" and requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before the vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check. The bill also requires that the promoter of a firearms show provide vendors with access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal history record information check. The bill incorporates SB 911. 



VCDL Comments
This bill requires any private sales at gun shows go through a background check. The Virginia State Crime Commission did not recommend this bill when asked five years ago. A gun show may not even be able to find a willing dealer to do such background checks due to the paperwork and the 20-year retention of that paperwork. The private sale background check requirement is just the first step in ultimately setting up a total private-sale registration-scheme and it will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns. It will also make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia, which bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. Finally, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, few guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows, so this bill will have no noticeable affect on crime.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103115D
01/08/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 13104236D-S1
01/23/13  Senate: Incorporates SB911
01/23/13  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 7-N)
SB1136       Patron: A. Donald McEachin  -  all patrons

Firearm transfers; penalties. Creates a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person who is not a licensed dealer to sell, rent, trade, or transfer a firearm to any other person who is not a licensed dealer. The bill also creates a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person who is not a licensed dealer to buy, rent, trade, or transfer a firearm from any other person who is not a licensed dealer. SB 1232 was incorporated into this bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that all private sales of firearms have a background check. This creates a defacto registration scheme, where the government knows who has guns and what guns they have. Currently the government doesn.t know what guns a person has, if any. That protects the citizens of the Commonwealth from eventual confiscation. Dealers are also not going to be inclined to participate in running the background checks, due to the extra paperwork (which must be kept for 20 years) and interference with their own business.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100763D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Incorporates SB1232
01/18/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 13104199D-S1
01/18/13  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 8-N)
SB1228       Patron: Richard L. Saslaw (by request)  -  all patrons

Control of firearms; property owned or leased by localities. Repeals provisions preventing localities from adopting ordinances and taking administrative actions regarding firearms and authorizes localities to adopt ordinances that prohibit firearms, ammunition, or components, or a combination thereof, on property owned or leased by a locality.



VCDL Comments
This bill effectively repeals firearms preemption, allowing localities to create a nightmare of conflicting and confusing local gun ordinances. Virginia used to have such a scheme and it made it almost impossible to carry a gun in the state for fear of running afoul of some bizarre local ordinance or another.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103109D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 8-N)
SB965       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill provides a criminal penalty for someone who does not report a stolen gun within 48 hours from the time he knew, or should have known, of the theft. The victim of a theft is violated yet again by the Commonwealth if he didn.t report a theft quickly enough!

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/08/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100311D
01/08/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB786-Marsden) (14-Y 0-N)
HB1415       Patron: Anne B. Crockett-Stark  -  all patrons

Castle doctrine. Encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling, without civil liability and without limit to any other existing defense or immunity.



VCDL Comments
This bill defense of person in a home. Takes away any civil liability for a person who has to defend himself from a person who has made illegal entry into a dwelling, made an overt act causing the person in the dwelling to fear bodily harm. VCDL opposes this bill because common law is as good or better than this bill and we do not want to lose ground in the name of codifying self-defense laws.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/18/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100740D
12/18/12  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/13  House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/05/13  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB2235       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Use, display, or discharge of firearm in committing

VCDL Comments
This bill increases the penalties for using a gun in a crime. This is a .feel good. measure that will not make anyone any safer and it, yet again, villainizes guns. What this law says is that if a criminal uses a knife to murder someone, that.s not a big deal. But if they use a gun to murder the same person, then we.re really going to go after them! Why don.t we go after them equally anytime they commit a murder or other violent crime? Dead is dead and murder is murder, irrespective of the tool the murderer uses.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/13/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13100098D
01/13/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/13  House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/23/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/23/13  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/13  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N)
01/25/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13104019D-H1
01/25/13  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/13  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/31/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/13  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
02/02/13  House: Read first time
02/04/13  House: Read second time
02/04/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13104019D-H1
02/04/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2235H1
02/05/13  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/13  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/06/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
02/13/13  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/18/13  Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/19/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/13  Senate: Read third time
02/20/13  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/20/13  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/13  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/13  House: Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 98-N)
02/21/13  House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N)
02/21/13  Senate: Senate insisted on amendment (38-Y 0-N)
02/21/13  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/21/13  House: House acceded to request
02/21/13  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/13  Senate: Senators: Garrett, McDougle, Stuart
02/21/13  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/21/13  House: Delegates: Lingamfelter, Merricks, Surovell
02/23/13  House: No further action taken
02/23/13  House: Failed to pass in House
HB2112       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Hunting on Sunday. Allows hunting on Sunday on state and federal military bases, installations, and facilities with the approval of the commanding officer of the base, installation, or facility.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows hunting on Sunday on state lands or federal military bases, installations, or facilities, with the approval of the commanding officer of such military base, installation, or facility.
01/09/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101438D
01/09/13  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/13  House: Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/16/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/05/13  House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB1762       Patron: David I. Ramadan  -  all patrons

Hunting on Sunday. Allows any person to hunt or kill wild animals on Sunday, on private lands in the Counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William. However, the hunting or killing of wild birds on Sunday in these localities would continue to be prohibited.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows Sunday hunting in certain localities.
01/08/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100525D
01/08/13  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/13  House: Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/16/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/05/13  House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
SB1109       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Prohibiting selling, etc., of firearms to certain persons; penalty. Adds persons found legally incompetent or mentally incapacitated, persons involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility or sent for involuntary outpatient mental health treatment, and those who were the subject of a temporary detention order and subsequently agreed to voluntary admission to a mental health facility to the list of persons for whom it is a Class 6 felony to sell, barter, give, or furnish a firearm if the seller knows that the person is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds someone not allowed to own a firearm for mental health reasons to the list of people who should not be knowingly sold a firearm.
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103257D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/18/13  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/29/13  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
HB2225       Patron: James W. Morefield  -  all patrons

Hunting on Sundays. Allows any person to hunt on private lands on Sunday, with the permission of the owner of the lands.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows Sunday hunting on private lands with the owner.s permission.
01/11/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103370D
01/11/13  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/13  House: Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/23/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/05/13  House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
SB1299       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Criminal history record information checks; protective order registry; dissemination of information. Provides that certain criminal history record information and protective order registry information shall be made available to the Attorney General of the United States for the purposes of using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to determine a person's eligibility to possess or receive a firearm under state or federal law.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides state-level information on those who cannot possess a firearm to the federal government for background check purposes.
01/16/13  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13103814D
01/16/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/13  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
SB786       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill in its current version requires police to enter stolen gun information into the NCIC system.

12/19/12  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103096D
12/19/12  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 2-N)
01/18/13  Senate: Incorporates SB965
01/18/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed 13104225D-S1
01/21/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/22/13  Senate: Read second time
01/22/13  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/22/13  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 13104225D-S1
01/22/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB786S1
01/23/13  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/24/13  Senate: Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/13  Senate: Committee substitute reconsidered (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/13  Senate: Committee substitute rejected 13104225D-S1
01/24/13  Senate: Floor substitute printed 13104486D-S2 (Marsden)
01/24/13  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/24/13  Senate: Substitute by Senator Marsden agreed to 13104486D-S2
01/24/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB786S2
01/24/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/13  Senate: Passed Senate (36-Y 4-N)
02/05/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/13  House: Read first time
02/05/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/18/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB864       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Possession or transportation of firearms; protective orders; penalty. Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for the physical possession of a firearm while in the residence of the alleged victim or the transport of a firearm by a person who has been served with an emergency protective order issued as a result of an assault and battery against a family or household member. The bill also provides that in order to be convicted of the existing Class 1 misdemeanor of purchasing or transporting a firearm when subject to a protective order the person must have been served with the order.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a person subject to an emergency protective order cannot physically possess a gun in the home of the alleged victim nor transport a gun once served.
01/03/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102324D
01/03/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 1-N)
01/21/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/22/13  Senate: Read second time
01/22/13  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/22/13  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/13  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/23/13  Senate: Read second time
01/23/13  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
01/23/13  Senate: Amendment by Senator Favola agreed to
01/23/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB864E
01/23/13  Senate: Printed as engrossed 13102324D-E
01/24/13  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N)
01/24/13  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/13  Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/05/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/13  House: Read first time
02/05/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/07/13  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/13  House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
02/08/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/13  House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/13/13  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/18/13  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB2240       Patron: John A. Cosgrove  -  all patrons

Criminal history record information checks; protective order registry; dissemination of information. Provides that certain criminal history record information and protective order registry information shall be made available to the Attorney General of the United States for the purposes of a National Instant Criminal Background check to determine a person's eligibility to possess or purchase a firearm under state or federal law.



VCDL Comments
This bill shares information on protective orders and other gun purchase/possession disqualifications with the federal government.
01/14/13  House: Presented and ordered printed 13103638D
01/14/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/13  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/06/13  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety