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VCDL 2014 Legislation Tracking Tool

Bills We Strongly Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB307       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          



VCDL Comments
This bill allows local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs, with students bearing the cost of participating. This kind of safety training is important to minimize accidents while hunting or handling firearms.

01/01/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102962D
01/01/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/10/14  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/22/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/27/14  House: Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N)
01/28/14  House: Read first time
01/29/14  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/30/14  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/30/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/14  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/14  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/21/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  Senate: Read third time
02/24/14  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/24/14  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/26/14  House: Enrolled
02/26/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB307ER)
02/26/14  House: Signed by Speaker
02/28/14  Senate: Signed by President
04/04/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 560 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0560)
 
HB357       Patron: Richard L. Anderson  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permit applicant; access to information. Allows a clerk of a circuit court to disclose information contained in a concealed handgun permit application to the applicant. Currently, the clerk may not disclose such information to anyone except a law-enforcement officer acting in the performance of his official duties.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a concealed handgun permit applicant to get a copy of information in his own application file. This provides a method to verify that the information in the file is accurate and also as a way to verify that permits are being issued properly.
01/03/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102933D
01/03/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/17/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
01/20/14  House: Read first time
01/21/14  House: Passed by temporarily
01/21/14  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/22/14  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/22/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
01/23/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/21/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  Senate: Read third time
02/24/14  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/14  House: Enrolled
02/26/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB357ER)
02/26/14  House: Signed by Speaker
02/28/14  Senate: Signed by President
03/31/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 401 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0401)




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HB752       Patron: Thomas Davis Rust  -  all patrons                                          

Elementary and secondary school students; expulsion. Clarifies that students who have committed certain weapons or drugs offenses are not required to be expelled regardless of the facts of the particular situation. This bill is identical to HB 198 and SB 441.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the expulsion requirement for a student possessing a pneumatic gun.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101497D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/10/14  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/29/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
02/03/14  House: Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N)
02/04/14  House: Read first time
02/05/14  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/06/14  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 2-N)
02/06/14  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 2-N)
02/07/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/14  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/14  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/20/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14105041D-S1
02/21/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  Senate: Read third time
02/24/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/24/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14105041D-S1
02/24/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB752S1
02/24/14  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/26/14  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105041D-S1 (98-Y 0-N)
02/26/14  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
03/03/14  House: Enrolled
03/03/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB752ER)
03/03/14  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/14  Senate: Signed by President
04/07/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 765 (effective 7/1/14)
04/07/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0765)
 
HB962       Patron: Benjamin L. Cline  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying concealed handgun; secured container or compartment in vehicle. Provides that for purposes of the exception to the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon if it is in a secured container or compartment in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel, the term "compartment" includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed. The bill also provides that the term "secured" does not require that a container or compartment be locked, but merely closed.



VCDL Comments
This bill clarifies that a loaded handgun can be stored in a closed, but not necessarily locked, container or compartment in a vehicle or a vessel. This codifies a recent Attorney General.s opinion. The original bill for the current law used the word .secured. when introduced. It was later changed to .locked. in the Senate and passed both bodies that way. The Governor changed the word .locked. back to .secured. and that was the term used in final passage, clearly showing the General Assembly in the end had no intent for the container or compartment to be locked.
01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101854D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
01/17/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (15-Y 6-N)
01/20/14  House: Read first time
01/21/14  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/22/14  House: Read third time and passed House (70-Y 27-N)
01/22/14  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 27-N)
01/23/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 6-N)
02/14/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/17/14  Senate: Read third time
02/17/14  Senate: Passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)
02/19/14  House: Enrolled
02/19/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB962ER)
02/19/14  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/14  Senate: Signed by President
03/04/14  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/04/14  House: Placed on Calendar
03/05/14  House: Passed by for the day
03/06/14  House: Passed by for the day
03/07/14  House: Pending question ordered
03/07/14  House: House rejected Governor's recommendation (30-Y 70-N)
03/07/14  House: VOTE: REJECTED (30-Y 70-N)
03/07/14  House: Communicated to Governor
03/17/14  Governor: Vetoed by Governor




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SB377       Patron: Bryce E. Reeves  -  all patrons                                          

Firearm transfers to dealers; penalty. Establishes a process to be administered by the Department of State Police so that firearm dealers can find out whether a firearm that is being transferred to the dealer by a person other than a dealer, importer, or manufacturer can be lawfully transferred. The bill has an effective date of January 1, 2015.




01/07/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100368D
01/07/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/22/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14104266D-S1
01/24/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N)
01/27/14  Senate: Read second time
01/27/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/27/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14104266D-S1
01/27/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB377S1
01/28/14  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/29/14  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/07/14  House: Read first time
02/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/18/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/21/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (22-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  House: Read second time
02/25/14  House: Read third time
02/25/14  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/14  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/25/14  House: Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/14  House: Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/25/14  House: Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N)
02/27/14  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/14  Senate: Enrolled
03/03/14  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB377ER)
03/03/14  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/14  Senate: Signed by President
04/07/14  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/14  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/23/14  Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (15-Y 23-N)
04/23/14  Senate: Communicated to Governor
05/23/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 821 (effective 1/1/15)
05/23/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0821)




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Bills We Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB127       Patron: Edward T. Scott  -  all patrons                                          



VCDL Comments
This bill permits the use of muzzleloading pistols .45 caliber or larger for hunting big game whenever use of muzzleloading rifles to hunt big game is permitted.

12/18/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101210D
12/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/14  House: Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/22/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/29/14  House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N)
01/30/14  House: Read first time
01/31/14  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/03/14  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/14  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/14  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
02/17/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/14  Senate: Read third time
02/18/14  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/14  House: Enrolled
02/20/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB127ER)
02/20/14  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/14  Senate: Signed by President
03/05/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 117 (effective 7/1/14)
03/05/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0117)
 
 
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
HB100       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permits; records. Provides that any references to the issuance of a concealed handgun permit in any order book before July 1, 2008, are exempt from the requirement that such orders be withheld from public disclosure. The bill also directs circuit

VCDL Comments
This bill restricts how far back in time a Circuit Court Clerk must protect information dealing with concealed handgun permit holders. Currently there is no time limit. HB 100 sets the cut-off date as July 1, 2008, with the intent to not unreasonably burden Circuit Court Clerks with redacting of older records. VCDL wants the date to go back 10 years to at least to July 1, 2003, in which case VCDL will go from .Oppose. to .Support. on HB 100.

12/13/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100885D
12/13/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/17/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendments (21-Y 0-N)
01/20/14  House: Read first time
01/21/14  House: Read second time
01/21/14  House: Committee amendments agreed to
01/21/14  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB100E
01/21/14  House: Printed as engrossed 14100885D-E
01/22/14  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/22/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
01/23/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/11/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/14  Senate: Read third time
02/12/14  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/14  House: Enrolled
02/17/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB100ER)
02/17/14  House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/14  Senate: Signed by President
02/27/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 16 (effective 7/1/14)
02/27/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0016)
HB743       Patron: Jennifer L. McClellan  -  all patrons                                          

Mental health; prohibition of firearms. Requires the district court judge or special justice to file any order from a commitment hearing for involuntary admission or involuntary outpatient treatment or any certification of voluntary admission subsequent to a temporary detention order with the district court clerk for the county or city where the hearing took place as soon as practicable but no later than the close of business on the next business day following the completion of the hearing. The bill also amends guardianship provisions to require that a copy of the court's findings that a person is incapacitated or has been restored to capacity or a copy of any order appointing a conservator or guardian shall be filed by the judge with the clerk of the circuit court for the county or city where the hearing took place as soon as practicable, but no later than the close of business on the next business day following the completion of the hearing. Current law does not specify in which county or city the copy shall be filed, nor does it provide a deadline. The bill also changes the deadline for a clerk to certify and forward to the Central Criminal Records Exchange a copy of any order adjudicating a person incapacitated, any order appointing a conservator or guardian, or any order of restoration of capacity to as soon as practicable, but no later than the close of business on the following day instead of the current requirement that a clerk perform these actions "forthwith." This bill is identical to SB 576.



VCDL Comments
This bill expedites the reporting of an order from a commitment hearing to the local Circuit Court Clerk.s office for purposes of establishing a firearms prohibition for the person being committed.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101407D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/29/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/03/14  House: Committee substitute printed 14104525D-H1
02/03/14  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/05/14  House: Read first time
02/06/14  House: Read second time
02/06/14  House: Committee substitute agreed to 14104525D-H1
02/06/14  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB743H1
02/07/14  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/10/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 0-N)
02/21/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  Senate: Read third time
02/24/14  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/24/14  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/14  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/26/14  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (96-Y 2-N)
02/26/14  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 2-N)
03/03/14  House: Enrolled
03/03/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB743ER)
03/03/14  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/14  Senate: Signed by President
03/27/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 336 (effective 7/1/14)
03/27/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0336)
HB810       Patron: Betsy B. Carr  -  all patrons                                          

Reckless handling of firearms; penalty. Provides that any person who recklessly handles a firearm and through such reckless handling causes the serious bodily injury of another person resulting in permanent and significant physical impairment is guilty of a Class 6 felony. This bill is identical to SB 65.



VCDL Comments
Due to changes to this bill, VCDL is now neutral on it.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100137D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/14  House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
01/17/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/31/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
01/31/14  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/14  House: Committee substitute printed 14104218D-H1
02/03/14  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/03/14  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/14  House: Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N)
02/07/14  House: Read first time
02/10/14  House: Read second time
02/10/14  House: Committee substitute agreed to 14104218D-H1
02/10/14  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB810H1
02/11/14  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/12/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 4-N)
02/17/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14105055D-S1
02/18/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/14  Senate: Read third time
02/19/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/19/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14105055D-S1
02/19/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB810S1
02/19/14  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (26-Y 13-N 1-A)
02/19/14  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/14  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (27-Y 13-N)
02/20/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/14  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 14105055D-S1 (2-Y 95-N)
02/21/14  House: VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 95-N)
02/21/14  House: Reconsideration of Senate substitute rejected by House
02/21/14  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 14105055D-S1 (0-Y 98-N)
02/21/14  House: VOTE: REJECTED #2 (0-Y 98-N)
02/25/14  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (28-Y 12-N)
02/25/14  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/25/14  Senate: Motion to reconsider vote to insist on substitute agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/14  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (26-Y 14-N)
02/25/14  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/26/14  House: House acceded to request
02/26/14  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/26/14  House: Delegates: Carr, Gilbert, Cline
02/26/14  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/14  Senate: Senators: Marsh, Puller, McDougle
03/04/14  Conference: Amended by conference committee
03/04/14  House: Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/04/14  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
03/04/14  House: Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by House
03/04/14  House: Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/14  House: VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (100-Y 0-N)
03/05/14  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/07/14  House: Enrolled
03/07/14  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB810ER)
03/07/14  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/14  Senate: Signed by President
04/04/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 579 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0579)
SB600       Patron: John A. Cosgrove  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permits; records. Provides that any references to the issuance of a concealed handgun permit in any order book before July 1, 2008, are exempt from the requirement that such orders be withheld from public disclosure. The bill also directs circuit court clerks to issue replacement permits to permit holders who undergo a lawful name change. This bill is identical to HB 100.



VCDL Comments
This bill restricts how far back in time a Circuit Court Clerk must protect information dealing with concealed handgun permit holders. Currently there is no time limit. HB 100 sets the cut-off date as July 1, 2008, with the intent to not unreasonably burden Circuit Court Clerks with redacting of older records. VCDL wants the date to go back 10 years to at least to July 1, 2003, in which case VCDL will go from .Oppose. to .Neutral. on SB 600.
01/13/14  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 14103721D
01/13/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
01/24/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N)
01/27/14  Senate: Read second time
01/27/14  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/27/14  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/27/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB600E
01/27/14  Senate: Printed as engrossed 14103721D-E
01/28/14  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/29/14  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/07/14  House: Read first time
02/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/18/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/21/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  House: Read second time
02/25/14  House: Read third time
02/25/14  House: Passed House (95-Y 2-N)
02/25/14  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 2-N)
02/27/14  Senate: Enrolled
02/27/14  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB600ER)
02/27/14  House: Signed by Speaker
03/01/14  Senate: Signed by President
04/03/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 549 (effective 7/1/14)
04/03/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0549)
SB65       Patron: Henry L. Marsh, III  -  all patrons                                          

Reckless handling of firearms; penalty. Provides that any person who recklessly handles a firearm and through such reckless handling causes the serious bodily injury of another person resulting in permanent and significant physical impairment is guilty of a Class 6 felony. This bill is identical to HB 810.



VCDL Comments
Due to changes to this bill, VCDL is now neutral on it.
12/19/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100105D
12/19/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 2-N)
01/15/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14104041D-S1
01/15/14  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/04/14  Senate: Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/14  Senate: Read second time
02/06/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/06/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14104041D-S1
02/06/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB65S1
02/07/14  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)
02/12/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/12/14  House: Read first time
02/12/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/24/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/24/14  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/26/14  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/26/14  House: Committee substitute printed 14105217D-H1
02/26/14  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/14  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
03/03/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
03/03/14  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
03/05/14  House: Read second time
03/06/14  House: Read third time
03/06/14  House: Committee substitute agreed to 14105217D-H1
03/06/14  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB65H1
03/06/14  House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/14  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/14  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/06/14  Senate: Title replaced 14105217D-H1
03/07/14  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/14  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB65ER)
03/07/14  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/14  Senate: Signed by President
03/31/14  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 444 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/14  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0444)
 
Bills That Have Been Rolled Into Other Bills, Continued to Next Year, Withdrawn or Killed

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB8       Patron: R. Lee Ware, Jr.  -  all patrons

Fees for concealed handgun permits. Decreases the local law-enforcement background investigation fee from $35 to $10, which includes any amount assessed by the FBI for providing criminal history record information. The total amount assessed for processing an application for a permit is thereby decreased from $50 to $25.



VCDL Comments
This bill reduces the fee for a Concealed Handgun Permit from a maximum of $50 down to $25. Because localities no longer have to pay the FBI $25 for a fingerprint check, the savings is returned to the permit applicant.
11/18/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100634D
11/18/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB714       Patron: Jeffrey L. Campbell  -  all patrons

Renewal of concealed handgun permit; no fees required. Provides that a person who has previously been issued a concealed handgun permit does not have to pay any fees to renew such permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the fee for renewing a concealed handgun permit. The fee is currently from $15 to $50.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103390D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB705       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons

Out-of-state concealed handgun permits. Eliminates certain requirements for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit to be recognized in Virginia and provides that such a permit authorizes the holder of the permit to carry a concealed handgun so long as the permit holder carries a valid government-issued photo identification and presents that identification to any law-enforcement officer upon request.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes the concealed handgun law to honor the concealed handgun permits from all other states if the permit holder is at least 21 years old. The out-of-state permit holder will have to also show government-issued photo-identification at the request of a law-enforcement officer. By honoring all other states, Virginia permits will be honored in more states, including Georgia, New Hampshire, and Colorado.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100463D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
01/17/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (15-Y 6-N)
01/20/14  House: Read first time
01/21/14  House: Passed by for the day
01/22/14  House: Passed by for the day
01/23/14  House: Passed by for the day
01/24/14  House: Read second time
01/24/14  House: Motion to pass by Amendment #1 offered by Delegate Surovell agreed to (62-Y 31-N)
01/24/14  House: VOTE: PASS BY AMENDMENT (62-Y 31-N)
01/24/14  House: Motion to pass by Amendment #2 offered by Delegate Surovell agreed to (60-Y 32-N)
01/24/14  House: VOTE: PASS BY AMENDMENT (60-Y 32-N)
01/24/14  House: Motion to pass by Amendment #3 offered by Delegate Surovell agreed to (60-Y 33-N)
01/24/14  House: VOTE: PASS BY AMENDMENT (60-Y 33-N)
01/24/14  House: Motion to pass by Amendment #4 offered by Delegate Surovell agreed to (60-Y 32-N)
01/24/14  House: VOTE: PASS BY AMENDMENT (60-Y 32-N)
01/24/14  House: Engrossed by House
01/27/14  House: Read third time and passed House (65-Y 34-N)
01/27/14  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 34-N)
01/28/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/14  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N)
SB396       Patron: Jill Holtzman Vogel  -  all patrons

Criminal background check for transfer of firearms; exemption for holders of concealed handgun permits. Provides that a licensed firearms dealer does not have to have a criminal background check performed to determine a person's eligibility to purchase a firearm if the purchaser possesses a valid concealed handgun permit and presents a photo-ID issued by an agency of the Commonwealth or the Department of Defense.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person who presents a concealed handgun permit and a government-issued photo identification to purchase a firearm without having a background check performed. Several other states have been doing this for years. VCDL strongly supports the concept, but for this bill to pass federal muster, Virginia would have to prohibit a person with a conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence from getting a concealed handgun permit. VCDL has consistently opposed any such law on constitutional grounds. Only felonies, and not misdemeanors, should take away someone.s civil rights.
01/07/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103325D
01/07/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/14  Senate: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
HB1118       Patron: Tony O. Wilt  -  all patrons

Criminal background check for transfer of firearms; exemption for holders of concealed handgun permits. Provides that a licensed firearms dealer does not have to have a criminal background check performed to determine a person's eligibility to purchase a firearm if the purchaser possesses a valid concealed handgun permit and presents a photo-ID issued by an agency of the Commonwealth or the Department of Defense.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person who presents a concealed handgun permit and a government-issued photo identification to purchase a firearm without having a state background check performed (Federal NICS check is still performed). This will speed up gun purchases and reduce paperwork for those citizens who have had a background check performed to get their concealed handgun permit.
01/13/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14103155D
01/13/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/06/14  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015 by voice vote
02/07/14  House: Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB639       Patron: Jeffrey L. Campbell  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; residents of the Commonwealth. Allows any resident of the Commonwealth who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun within the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a resident of the state who would otherwise be qualified to obtain a concealed handgun permit, to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere that person could legally carry a handgun openly. This extendends the current Constitutional Carry of a handgun to include a concealed handgun and not just an openly carried handgun.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103074D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/14  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB114       Patron: Mark L. Cole (by request)  -  all patrons

Possession of firearm, etc., on school property; private or religious schools. Eliminates the crimes of possession on the property of a private or religious elementary, middle, or high school; a school bus owned or operated by such school; or any property being used for functions or extracurricular activities sponsored by such school of a stun weapon, knife, or other weapon (currently a Class 1 misdemeanor) or a firearm (currently a Class 6 felony). The bill does not affect the criminal penalties for the possession of such weapons on public school property.



VCDL Comments
This bill permits private K-12 schools to determine who can carry a gun or other weapon on their property. It leaves in place a Class 6 Felony with mandatory minimum sentence for someone who uses, intends to use, attempts to use, or displays in a threatening manner, a firearm.
12/17/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100934D
12/17/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB368       Patron: Thomas A. Garrett  -  all patrons

Regulation of transportation of a loaded rifle or shotgun. Provides that lawful concealed carry permit holders shall not be subject to the provisions of certain local ordinances that make it unlawful for any person to transport, possess, or carry a loaded shotgun or loaded rifle in any vehicle on any public street, road, or highway within such locality.



VCDL Comments
This bill modifies the enabling language for an ordiance banning loaded shotguns and rifles in a vehicle to exempt concealed handgun permit holders.
01/07/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101901D
01/07/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/14  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
HB317       Patron: Mark J. Berg  -  all patrons

Prohibition on weapons at airport; exception for concealed handgun. Provides that a person who holds a valid concealed handgun permit may lawfully possess or transport a concealed handgun into any air carrier airport terminal.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a handgun into the non-secured area of an airport terminal. The terminal area is much like a mall . there is no screening of those entering as they may be simply dropping off/picking up a passenger, renting a vehicle, or purchasing tickets for a future flight.
01/02/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102285D
01/02/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB21       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 K-12 school boards to appoint at least one individual to carry a concealed handgun on school property. The designated individuals will receive special training covering the use and display of a firearm, safe carrying and storage of a concealed firearm, and proper response until the police arrive in an emergency situation.allows K-12 school boards to appoint at least one individual to carry a concealed handgun on school property. The designated individuals will receive special training covering the use and display of a firearm, safe carrying and storage of a concealed firearm, and proper response until the police arrive in an emergency situation.
11/21/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100777D
11/21/13  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/12/14  House: Left in Education
HB1266       Patron: Dave A. LaRock  -  all patrons

Machine guns owned by trust. Provides that a trust is included in the types of entities that may lawfully possess a machine gun. The bill also provides that any certificate of registration for a machine issued by the Superintendent of State Police prior to July 1, 2014, is declared to be valid as to the individual or entity named in the certificate.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes the law so that a Class III trust can be used to register a machine gun with the Virginia State Police.
01/17/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14104189D
01/17/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB43       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Federal firearms laws; enforcement. Provides that agencies and political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, and employees thereof, shall not knowingly aid any employee or entity of the federal government (i) in the enforcement of federal firearms laws that take effect on or after December 1, 2013, or (ii) in the conduct or enforcement of a criminal background check related to any intrastate sale, loan, gift, or other transfer of a firearm between citizens of the Commonwealth.



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 based on any federal laws made after December 1, 2013. Also any federal attempt to create a private sale background check requirement will be treated likewise.
12/02/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100778D
12/19/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/31/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 3-N)
01/31/14  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/14  House: Committee substitute printed 14104738D-H1
02/03/14  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 7-N)
02/03/14  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/14  House: Left in Appropriations
HB786       Patron: Tony O. Wilt  -  all patrons

Dismissal of teachers and other school board employees; grounds. Provides that no school board employee shall be dismissed or placed on probation solely on the grounds that (i) he possessed an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container in or upon his vehicle or in the locked trunk of his vehicle, a knife having a metal blade in or upon his motor vehicle, or an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack in or upon his motor vehicle or (ii) the employee, who has a valid concealed handgun permit, possessed a concealed handgun while in his motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.



VCDL Comments
This bill forbids a teacher who has a gun legally stored in his or her vehicle while at work from being dismissed or placed on probation. This allows a teacher or other school employee to be armed to and from work or to be able to go hunting immediately after work. Firearms ownership is a right that this bill protects.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102127D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/14  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/29/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/29/14  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/03/14  House: Reported from Education (13-Y 9-N)
02/03/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/04/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/06/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
02/07/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (15-Y 7-N)
02/08/14  House: Read first time
02/10/14  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/11/14  House: Read third time and passed House (67-Y 32-N)
02/11/14  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 32-N)
02/12/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/14  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/14  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/27/14  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N)
HB646       Patron: Jeffrey L. Campbell  -  all patrons

Replacement concealed handgun permits. Provides that no fees shall be charged for the issuance of a replacement concealed handgun permit because the permit holder has changed his address (currently subject to a maximum fee of $10) or to replace a lost or destroyed permit (currently subject to a maximum fee of $5).



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the fee for a replacement concealed handgun permit. The fee is currently $10.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102300D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB878       Patron: Dave A. LaRock  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill requires the chief law-enforcement officer to certify a request for the transfer of a firearm that is covered under the National Firearms Act (NFA), unless the officer knows the person receiving the firearms is prohibited from doing so. This bill will make ownership of NFA firearms uniform across the state. Currently the chief law-enforcement officers in some jurisdictions refuse to do any such certification, while others do them as a matter of course.

01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102846D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
01/17/14  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 6-N)
01/17/14  House: Committee substitute printed 14104110D-H1
01/20/14  House: Read first time
01/21/14  House: Read second time
01/21/14  House: Committee substitute agreed to 14104110D-H1
01/21/14  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB878H1
01/22/14  House: Read third time and passed House (64-Y 32-N)
01/22/14  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (64-Y 32-N)
01/23/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/14  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)
HB644       Patron: Jeffrey L. Campbell  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; lifetime permits. Provides for the issuance of concealed handgun permits for Virginia residents that do not expire. Currently, such permits must be renewed every five years.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates lifetime concealed handgun permits. The permits are obtained in the same manner as they currently are, except they are valid for life. This will lower the workload of the Circuit Court Clerks. offices around the state.
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102290D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HR7       Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons

Rules of the House of Delegates. Prohibits firearms on the floor of the House of Delegates.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits anyone from bringing a firearm onto the Floor of the House. This causes a host of problems. Where is a gun to be put by someone as they rush to the Floor for session, especially if they don.t have time to return to their office? This rule would cause a lot of unnecessary gun handling to be done as people have to remove and then put back on their holstered gun. And why should someone give up their right to self-defense just because they happen to be on the House Floor? Gun-free-zones are dangerous places and we don.t need more of them.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/17/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14
03/08/14  House: No further action taken
03/08/14  House: Failed to pass in House
HB992       Patron: Mamye E. BaCote  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill allows localities to prohibit the otherwise lawful carry of firearms, ammunition, or components in a library. Definitely a solution in search of a problem. Gun owners have been carrying in libraries for years without incident.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103370D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB964       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons

Firearms; purchase by persons intending to commit act of terrorism; penalty. Provides that any person who, having the present intention to commit, conspire to commit, or aid and abet in the commission of an act of terrorism, purchases a firearm is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and any person who sells a firearm to a person who has expressed such an intention is guilty of a Class 4 felony. The bill provides that any such person shall also be disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The bill further provides that any person who is listed on the consolidated Terrorist Watchlist maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits a person on the federal .Terrorist Watchlist. from getting a concealed handgun permit. It also prohibits a person from knowingly selling a gun to someone with intent to commit an act of terrorism. The problem is the .Terrorist Watchlist. is a secret list and if a person.s name is put on the list incorrectly, getting their name off that list is at best extremely difficult. The late Senator Ted Kennedy found out the hard way about that list when he was inadvertently put on it. Even as a U.S. Senator, it took a long time for him to be removed.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103388D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB287       Patron: R. Creigh Deeds  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a new felony charge against a person selling a firearm in a private sale who does not have a background check run on the purchaser by a licensed firearms dealer and the person willfully and intentionally sells a firearm to a prohibited purchaser. It is already illegal, and a felony, to willfully and intentionally sell a firearm to a prohibited person. Plus it puts an unreasonable burden on the seller by coercing him to find and pay a dealer to do the background check. (The dealer has to take possession of the gun, put the gun information in his records, run the background check, and then mark the gun as transfered in his records before the purchase can be complete. The charge for this can run from $45 to $60 or more to cover all the paperwork, the background check fee, and keeping the paperwork for the next 20 years.)

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/06/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100115D
01/06/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/14  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 8-N)
HB941       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a new felony and forfeiture for having a .false or secret compartment. in a vehicle or vessel for the purpose of concealing, amongst other things, .contraband.. This bill will create a law ripe for abuse. The bill says that to be illegal the false or secret compartment must have the purpose of concealing contraband. It doesn.t say that it actually has to have contraband in it. In reality an officer will just arrest the person whose vehicle has a hidden compartment and the vehicle owner will have to prove that the hidden compartment was not intended to hide contraband. Keep in mind that hidden compartments can be good things to have. For example, a hidden compartment in a vehicle or vessel to hide a firearm is a prudent idea to prevent theft when the vehicle is unattended.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103180D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/31/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB48       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  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!
12/03/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101057D
12/03/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/03/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB535       Patron: Kenneth R. Plum  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information 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 access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal history record information check.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires all private sales at gun shows go through a background check. The Virginia State Crime Commission did not recommend this bill when asked six 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!
01/06/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100894D
01/06/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB61       Patron: Delores L. McQuinn  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits non-residents from purchasing long guns from a Virginia gun dealer. Why would the state restrict Virginia gun dealers from selling to out-of-state residents? The sales require a background check and we are not experiencing any problems with such sales. This bill is a solution in search of a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

12/05/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100309D
12/05/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB39       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill requires all private sales at gun shows go through a background check. The Virginia State Crime Commission did not recommend this bill when asked six 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!

12/16/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100979D
12/16/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 14104063D-S1
01/22/14  Senate: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N)
HB823       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms at gun shows; voluntary background check. Requires the Department of State Police to be available to perform background checks for non-dealer sales at gun shows if a party involved in a transaction wants one. The promoter of the firearms show shall furnish the Department of State Police sufficient facilities to perform the background checks and shall reimburse the Department of State Police for its actual costs. In order for the bill to become effective, the U.S. Department of Justice must approve the policies and procedures that the Department of State Police will use to implement the provisions of the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a gun show promoter to pay the state police to do optional background checks on someone purchasing a firearm from a person who is not a dealer. There will be a fee for the check to be run. The bill exempts the seller, if such a check is run, from liability in the sale to the purchaser, which therefore implies that there is liability for the seller otherwise. This bill will cost gun shows money and the private seller money. It also attempts to twist the arm of the private seller to have the check done and pay the fees.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103376D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB129       Patron: Richard P. Bell  -  all patrons

Explosive material; method of ignition. Adds high impact velocity to the methods of ignition contained in the definition of "explosive material." It is a Class 5 felony to possess materials that may be used to manufacture explosive materials or to manufacture, transport, distribute, possess, or use explosive materials.



VCDL Comments
This bill would make Tannerite, used to make explosive rifle targets, illegal. Tannerite is a low-level binary explosive that must be mixed to explode and will only do so when struck by a high-velocity bullet. Tannerite targets are enjoyed by shooters across the country and are safe when used with some basic, commonsense precautions.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/18/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102447D
12/18/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/14  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
HB812       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  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.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires the private sale of a firearm be done through a dealer (universal background check). This will make it conserably harder and more expensive for a person to sell one of their firearms, with no effect on crime. Under this bill, a private sale would require finding a dealer who will do the transer (none have to), tranfering the gun to the dealer, the dealer doing a background check (that can take up to 3 days to do), and then finally transferring the gun to the purchaser. The fee for such a transaction can be in the $45 to $60 range. A straw purchase can easily circumvent all of this and put the gun in the hands of a criminal anyway. The recent mass shootings around the country, besides being done in .gun-free zones,. have all involved guns where a background check was run.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101535D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB695       Patron: Luke E. Torian  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; firearms safety course; nonresident permits. Makes various changes to the types of training courses permitted to satisfy the requirement to display competence with a handgun to obtain a resident or nonresident concealed handgun permit, including (i) requiring that a National Rifle Association (NRA) or Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) course focus on the use and handling of a concealed handgun; (ii) requiring that a law-enforcement course be a handgun training course rather than a firearms safety course; and (iii) requiring that online NRA or DCJS training courses be synchronous. The bill also requires that applicants for a nonresident concealed handgun permit possess a valid concealed handgun permit from their state of residence and provide a copy of that permit with their application



VCDL Comments
This bill restricts the training courses that can be used to qualify to get a concealed handgun permit. The restrictions only allow courses that focus on concealed handguns and requires non-residents to have a concealed handgun permit from their own state, which may be virtually impossible in places such as Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York City, Hawaii, etc. We are not having a problem with training in Virginia, so this is a solution in search of a problem and it will make it harder for a law-abiding citizen to get a concealed handgun permit.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102223D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB510       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Possession of firearms following conviction

VCDL Comments
This bill takes away the right of someone to possess or transport a firearm for certain misdemenor convictions. Misdemeanors are not meant to take away someone.s civil rights because, by definition, they are minor crimes.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/08/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103538D
01/08/14  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/13/14  Senate: Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N)
01/13/14  Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/27/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 2-N 3-A)
01/27/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14104062D-S1
01/27/14  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/04/14  Senate: Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/14  Senate: Read second time
02/06/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/06/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14104062D-S1
02/06/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB510S1
02/07/14  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 6-N)
02/12/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/12/14  House: Read first time
02/12/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/14/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
03/04/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB520       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. The bill exempts certain transfers, such as between immediate family members and by operation of law.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that private sales of firearms go through a federal firearms licensed dealer. This bill will do nothing about crime, but will make it harder and more expensive for a citizen to sell one of his firearms to another citizen. No dealer is required to make such a transfer, possibly making a transfer all but impossible or not possible in a timely manner. A fee for the transfer can be in the $45 to $60 range.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103123D
01/08/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/14  Senate: Committee amendments
01/27/14  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N)
HB809       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms magazines; fine. 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 $250 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 will subject the person making such statement to a $250 fine. The bill also provides that a registrant is limited to three large 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 prohibits possession, importation, purchase, or sale of a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds. A person consenting to a background check to become a .registered. magazine owner and police (of course) are exempted. This bill will only make inadvertent criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens. Criminals will end up with 30-round magazines while normal citizens will be forced to carry smaller magazines, putting them at a disadvantage for no good reason.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103305D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1246       Patron: Eileen Filler-Corn  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence. Removes the option for an applicant for a concealed handgun permit to take an online firearms training or safety course to demonstrate the requisite competence with a handgun in order to obtain a permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes online firearm-training courses from satisfying the concealed handgun permit training requirement. A solution in search of a non-existent problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/17/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14103706D
01/17/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/29/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB608       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons

Lifetime concealed handgun permits;

VCDL Comments
Creates a lifetime concealed handgun permit. This bill now addresses most of VCDL.s previous concerns.

01/13/14  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 14103717D
01/13/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14104403D-S1
01/27/14  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/04/14  Senate: Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N)
02/05/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/14  Senate: Read second time
02/06/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/06/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14104403D-S1
02/06/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB608S1
02/07/14  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/10/14  Senate: Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/14  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/11/14  Senate: Read second time
02/11/14  Senate: Amendment by Senator Stuart withdrawn
02/11/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB608S1
02/11/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/11/14  Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N)
02/13/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/14  House: Read first time
02/13/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/28/14  House: Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB448       Patron: Robert B. Bell  -  all patrons

Restoration of firearms rights; report to State Police. Provides a mechanism for reporting when a circuit court restores a felon's right to possess a firearm to the Department of State Police. Prior to entry of a restoration order, the petitioner's fingerprints and petition are sent to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) and the petitioner's criminal history is forwarded to the court and may be inspected by the attorney for the Commonwealth. If the order is granted, the Department of State Police shall enter the person's name and description in the CCRE so law-enforcement personnel accessing the computerized criminal history files will be aware of the order's existence.



VCDL Comments
This bill deals with restoration of gun rights. The bill adds a provision that the petitioner shall obtain a set of fingerprints from a law-enforcement agency and provide the agency with a copy of the petition. The law-enforcement agency shall forward the background check information under seal to the Court, which will notify the Commonwealth Attorney of the petition.
01/05/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101817D
01/05/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015 by voice vote
01/17/14  House: Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB1042       Patron: C. Matthew Fariss  -  all patrons

Use of certain muzzleloading pistols. Allows the use of muzzleloading pistols of .50 caliber or larger that use at least 50 grains of black powder or black powder equivalent when hunting game birds and animals in certain counties east and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The bill contains technical changes.



VCDL Comments
This bill permits the use of muzzleloading pistols .50 caliber or larger for hunting game birds and animals if regular rifles of a caliber greater than .22 can be used to hunt wild birds and animals.
01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101595D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/14  House: Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/22/14  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/14  House: Stricken from docket by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources by voice vote
HB1145       Patron: Nick Rush  -  all patrons

Restoration of firearms rights; report to State Police. Provides a mechanism for reporting when a circuit court restores a felon's right to possess a firearm to the Department of State Police. Prior to entry of a restoration order, the petitioner's fingerprints and petition are sent to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) and the petitioner's criminal history is forwarded to the court and may be inspected by the attorney for the Commonwealth. If the order is granted, the Department of State Police shall enter the person's name and description in the CCRE so law-enforcement personnel accessing the computerized criminal history files will be aware of the order's existence.



VCDL Comments
This bill deals with restoration of gun rights. The bill adds a provision that the petitioner shall obtain a set of fingerprints from a law-enforcement agency and provide the agency with a copy of the petition. The law-enforcement agency shall forward the background check information under seal to the Court, which will notify the Commonwealth Attorney of the petition.
01/14/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14103567D
01/14/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/16/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015 by voice vote
01/17/14  House: Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB257       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Use or display of firearm in committing felony; penalty. Increases mandatory minimum sentences for use or display of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies from three to four years for a first offense and from five to six years for a second or subsequent offense.



VCDL Comments
This bill increases the penalties for using a gun in a crime. This is a .feel good. measure that villainizes guns and will not make Virginians any safer. What this bill says is that the penalty for a crime should be determined by the tool the criminal uses. So, 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!
12/30/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102969D
12/30/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HJ48       Patron: Algie T. Howell, Jr. (by request)  -  all patrons



VCDL Comments
This bill constitutionally restores voting rights to non-violent felons who have served their time, except for their gun rights. Why should being a non-violent felon preclude you from getting your gun rights restored automatically? Why do we restore someone.s right to vote, who we consider too dangerous to own a gun?

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/03/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100828D
01/03/14  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/14  House: Left in Privileges and Elections
HB66       Patron: David I. Ramadan  -  all patrons

School resource officers. Requires each local school board to place a school resource officer in each public elementary and secondary school. All costs resulting from the requirement shall be paid from the Lottery Proceeds Fund.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires schools to have at least one full-time resource officer. This is the wrong execution of a good idea, it by no means negates the need to have others who can carry concealed at the school. It is never a good idea to have all of one.s eggs in a single basket. The resource officer could be out sick, in the wrong part of the school, or the first person killed during a planned attack. This bill uses money that could be used to improve education in Virginia, while teachers, faculty, staff and concealed handgun permit holders could provide improved security for free.
12/06/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100922D
12/06/13  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/10/14  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/22/14  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/22/14  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/14  House: Reported from Education (17-Y 5-N)
01/27/14  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/14  House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/28/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Appropriations
HB479       Patron: Ronald A. Villanueva  -  all patrons

Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held. Provides that a person held pursuant to a temporary detention order shall be held for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours. Currently, a person may be held pursuant to a temporary detention order for up to 48 hours.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds .transport. of a firearms as something a person cannot do if that person has been committed following a temporary detention order. The bill also sets a minimum detention time (24 hours) and a new maximum detention time (72 hours).adds .transport. of a firearms as something a person cannot do if that person has been committed following a temporary detention order. The bill also sets a minimum detention time (24 hours) and a new maximum detention time (72 hours).
01/06/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102781D
01/06/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB828       Patron: J. Randall Minchew  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; firearms safety courses. Clarifies that in order for its completion to serve as proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun permit, a firearms safety or training course must utilize firearms instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services.



VCDL Comments
This bill specifies that an instructor teaching a class to get a concealed handgun permit must be a firearms instructor. This appears to be a solution to a non-existent problem.
01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102960D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB736       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Lifetime concealed handgun permits;

VCDL Comments
This bill creates a lifetime concealed handgun permit. This bill is much more complicated than Delegate Campbell.s HB 644. It also has very high fees for non-residents, which will make it one of the most expensive permits in the country (albeit a lifetime permit, though). Besides lowering the non-resident fees, there are other changes that need to be made to the bill. For example, the state police should automatically issue a non-resident permit to a person moving out of state at the same time that the state police revoke that person.s resident permit. Also an applicant should simply be required to provide the state police a current passport photograph instead of allowing the state police the option of specifying some non-standard size for the photograph. Other states use passport photographs, which are easy and inexpensive to obtain, and so should the Commonwealth.

01/07/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103073D
01/07/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/06/14  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015 by voice vote
02/07/14  House: Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB385       Patron: A. Benton "Ben" Chafin (by request)  -  all patrons

Expungement of certain misdemeanors. Allows a person convicted of certain misdemeanors who has successfully completed all terms of probation to file a petition for expungement 10 years after the conviction if he has not been convicted of any other offense upon payment of a fee of $325. DUI, child abuse or neglect, domestic violence, sex offenses, and crimes against persons do not qualify for expungement. Any conviction that is expunged will be considered a prior conviction for purposes of prosecution of any subsequent offense for which the prior conviction statutorily enhances punishment.



VCDL Comments
This bill improves Virginias crime expungement proceedures. However, it does not allow expungement for a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence where a person has lost their gun rights. Currently a person with such a conviction has no recourse to ever get their gun rights restored . rights which constitutionally should never have been forfeited for a misdemeanor. If that exception is removed from the bill, VCDL will strongly support HB 385.
01/03/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101780D
01/03/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/13/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB298       Patron: G. Manoli Loupassi  -  all patrons

Involuntary commitment and restoration of firearm rights. Responds to the holding in Paugh v. Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, Record No. 121562 (2013), in which the Virginia Supreme Court held that on appeal by trial de novo in circuit court of an order of involuntary commitment by a district court, upon the circuit court's finding that the appellant no longer meets the criteria for involuntary commitment, the proper remedy is dismissal of the Commonwealth's petition for involuntary commitment, thereby rendering the original commitment order a nullity. As such, because the original petition would in effect never have existed, forfeiture of the right to possess a firearm as required by 18.2-308.1:3 upon involuntary commitment would no longer be in effect. Section 18.2-308.1:3 requires that a person who has been involuntarily committed and seeks to have his firearm rights restored petition a district court for restoration of his firearm rights. The ruling in Paugh, by requiring dismissal of the original petition for commitment, removes that requirement even though on the date of the original commitment hearing the person did meet the criteria for commitment and was, in fact, involuntarily committed. The bill provides that notwithstanding the outcome of any appeal (trial de novo on the petition for commitment) taken pursuant to 37.2-821, the appellant shall be required to seek restoration of his firearm rights. The bill also provides that upon a finding by the circuit court that the appellant no longer meets the criteria for involuntary commitment (or mandatory outpatient treatment), the court shall reverse the order of the district court but shall not dismiss the Commonwealth's petition. As a consequence of these changes, a person who is involuntarily committed would be required to petition for restoration of his firearm rights notwithstanding the reversal of the commitment order by a circuit court.



VCDL Comments
This bill concerns restoring gun rights to a person who has had those rights removed for mental health reasons. If a person is determined to no longer need to be committed based on a de novo hearing, his or her gun rights are not restored until the person can show that he or she is not a risk and is entitled to once more own a gun. This bill sets a bad precedent requiring the citizen to have to prove that he or she should be allowed to own a gun instead of the burden being on the state to show that he or she shouldn.t be allowed to own a gun. A .guilty until proven innocent. situation that is totally unacceptable.
12/31/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100114D
12/31/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/05/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB111       Patron: William M. Stanley, Jr.  -  all patrons

Expungement of criminal conviction record. Allows a person convicted of certain criminal offenses to petition to have his conviction expunged after a five-year period has expired following the conviction, upon a showing that his opportunities for employment, education, or professional licensure are prejudiced by the existence of the criminal record. Expungement would not be available for someone convicted of a violent felony, a DUI-related offense, an offense for which registration on the sex offender registry is required, or domestic violence.



VCDL Comments
This bill improves Virginia.s crime expungement proceedures. However, it does not allow expungement for a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence where a person has lost their gun rights. Currently a person with such a conviction has no recourse to ever get their gun rights restored . rights which constitutionally should never have been forfeited for a misdemeanor. If that exception is removed from the bill, VCDL will strongly support SB 111.
12/27/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103167D
12/27/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/14  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
SB115       Patron: George L. Barker  -  all patrons

Temporary detention; time during which a person

VCDL Comments
This bill adds .transport. of a firearms as something a person cannot do if that person has been committed following a temporary detention order. The bill also sets a minimum detention time (24 hours) and a new maximum detention time (72 hours).

12/28/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101129D
12/28/13  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/14  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
01/27/14  Senate: Committee substitute printed 14104489D-S1
01/28/14  Senate: Incorporates SB424
01/28/14  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/29/14  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/30/14  Senate: Read second time
01/30/14  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/30/14  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 14104489D-S1
01/30/14  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB115S1
01/31/14  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/14  House: Placed on Calendar
02/07/14  House: Read first time
02/07/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
03/04/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB241       Patron: Joseph R. Yost  -  all patrons

Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held. Provides that a person held pursuant to a temporary detention order shall be held for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours. Currently, a person may be held pursuant to a temporary detention order for up to 48 hours.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds .transport. of a firearms as something a person cannot do if that person has been committed following a temporary detention order. The bill also sets a minimum detention time (24 hours) and a new maximum detention time (72 hours).
12/29/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102374D
12/29/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1142       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; firearms safety courses. Clarifies that in order to serve as proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun permit, a firearms safety or training course must utilize firearms instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services.



VCDL Comments
This bill specifies that an instructor teaching a concealed handgun permit class must be a firearms instructor. This appears to be a solution to a non-existent problem.
01/14/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14102612D
01/14/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/16/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/17/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1125       Patron: Riley E. Ingram  -  all patrons

Temporary detention; time during which a person may be held. Provides that a person held pursuant to a temporary detention order shall be held for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours. Currently, a person may be held pursuant to a temporary detention order for up to 48 hours.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds .transport. of a firearms as something a person cannot do if that person has been committed following a temporary detention order. The bill also sets a minimum detention time (24 hours) and a new maximum detention time (72 hours).
01/13/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14101680D
01/13/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1055       Patron: David L. Bulova  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; firearms safety courses. Clarifies that in order to serve as proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun permit, a firearms safety or training course must utilize firearms instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services.



VCDL Comments
This bill specifies that an instructor teaching a concealed handgun permit class must be a firearms instructor. This appears to be a solution to a non-existent problem.
01/08/14  House: Presented and ordered printed 14102595D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB424       Patron: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.  -  all patrons

Temporary detention; time during which a person

VCDL Comments
This bill adds .transport. of a firearms as something a person cannot do if that person has been committed following a temporary detention order. The bill also sets a minimum detention time (24 hours) and a new maximum detention time (72 hours).

01/07/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101681D
01/07/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/14  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB115-Barker) (15-Y 0-N)
HB827       Patron: J. Randall Minchew  -  all patrons

Emergency custody orders; temporary

VCDL Comments
This bill disallows someone with a temporary firearms restriction from getting a concealed handgun permit or suspends an existing permit. Provisions for getting the restriction lifted are also defined.

01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103460D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/29/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB102       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 that require screening of persons entering such building would not apply to General Assembly members or staff or to any law-enforcement officer.



VCDL Comments
This bill codifies the current rule the General Assembly has in place dealing with the lawful carry of firearms at the Capitol and the General Assembly Building. This bill doesn.t seem to bring anything of substance to the table.
12/13/13  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103050D
12/13/13  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/14  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #2
01/16/14  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/14  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1015       Patron: Mark J. Berg  -  all patrons

Trespass; signs prohibiting trespass. Provides that a nonresidential building shall not be considered to be posted no trespassing with regard to signs prohibiting the carrying of a firearm or a particular type of firearm unless such signs (i) have been posted where they may reasonably be seen at all entrances to the building or to the part of the building to which the restriction applies, (ii) state the nature of the prohibition in conspicuous type, and (iii) have dimensions of at least five inches by seven inches.



VCDL Comments
This bill specifies the characteristics that a sign must have in order for it to be a valid .no guns. sign for purposes of trespass. Current trespassing laws are working fine.
01/08/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101308D
01/08/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/14  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/29/14  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/03/14  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote