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VCDL 2015 Legislation Tracking Tool

Bills We Strongly Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1666       Patron: Hyland F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Firearms; restoration of rights; venue. Permits a nonresident of the Commonwealth prohibited from possessing a firearm, ammunition, or a stun weapon because of a felony conviction or a juvenile adjudication of delinquency of certain offenses to petition the circuit court where his last felony conviction or adjudication of delinquency occurred for restoration of his right to possess, transport, or carry a firearm, ammunition, or a stun weapon. Current law does not provide for venue for a nonresident's restoration petition.



VCDL Comments
This bill fixes an inequity that is currently in Virginia law. As the law is now, a person who has had their civil rights restored by the Governor for a non-violent felony committed in Virginia, can only get their gun rights restored if they currently live in Virginia! This bill allows a nonresident to be able to petition the circuit court where they were originally convicted to have their gun rights restored. Some states, like North Carolina, will restore a person.s gun rights, but only if they had their gun rights restored in the state where they were convicted. A person who has moved out of Virginia is left in a hopeless situation currently.
01/09/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103161D
01/09/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/14/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15103756D-H1
01/30/15  House: Read first time
02/02/15  House: Read second time
02/02/15  House: Committee substitute agreed to 15103756D-H1
02/02/15  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1666H1
02/03/15  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/15  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
02/16/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/17/15  Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
02/18/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/18/15  Senate: Read third time
02/18/15  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/18/15  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/15  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (37-Y 0-N)
02/18/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/15  House: Passed by temporarily
02/18/15  House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (93-Y 2-N)
02/18/15  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 2-N)
02/23/15  House: Enrolled
02/23/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1666ER)
02/23/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/25/15  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/25/15
02/25/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 200 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0200)
 
HB2009       Patron: Dave A. LaRock  -  all patrons                                          

Law-enforcement certification of certain firearms. Provides that when the certification of a chief law-enforcement officer is required by federal law for transfer of a firearm as defined in the National Firearms Act, such certification must be provided within 60 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm. If the applicant is prohibited by law from receiving the firearm, the chief law-enforcement officer or his designee shall notify the applicant in writing of the reason for the prohibition. For the purposes of the bill, the definition of "firearm" is limited to machine guns, rifles and shotguns of a certain length, weapons made from certain rifles or shotguns, and silencers. If the chief law-enforcement officer fails to provide certification within 60 days, the applicant has a right to an ore tenus hearing in circuit court and, unless the

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.

01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103495D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/06/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 6-N)
02/06/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104621D-H1
02/07/15  House: Read first time
02/09/15  House: Read second time
02/09/15  House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104621D-H1
02/09/15  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2009H1
02/10/15  House: Read third time and passed House (68-Y 32-N)
02/10/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 32-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/23/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (8-Y 5-N)
02/24/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/15  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/24/15  Senate: Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (37-Y 1-N)
02/24/15  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/25/15  Senate: Read third time
02/25/15  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/25/15  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/15  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (25-Y 14-N)
02/25/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/26/15  House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (71-Y 29-N)
02/26/15  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (71-Y 29-N)
03/06/15  House: Enrolled
03/06/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2009ER)
03/06/15  House: Signed by Speaker
03/07/15  Senate: Signed by President
03/10/15  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/14/15  House: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  House: Governor's veto overridden (68-Y 31-N)
04/15/15  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (68-Y 31-N)
04/15/15  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto
04/15/15  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (21-Y 18-N)




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HB2286       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons                                          

Possession, etc., of firearms, etc., by convicted felons; restoration of rights. Provides that the prohibition on the possession and transportation of firearms and ammunition by convicted felons does not apply to a felon whose right to possess firearms or ammunition has been restored under the law of another state.



VCDL Comments
This bill recognizes firearms rights restoration of other states.
01/21/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15104052D
01/21/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/26/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 5-N)
01/30/15  House: Read first time
02/02/15  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/03/15  House: Read third time and passed House (64-Y 34-N)
02/03/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (64-Y 34-N)
02/04/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (10-Y 3-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/23/15  Senate: Read third time
02/23/15  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/23/15  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/23/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/23/15  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (24-Y 16-N)
02/24/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/24/15  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (65-Y 35-N)
02/24/15  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (65-Y 35-N)
03/06/15  House: Enrolled
03/06/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2286ER)
03/06/15  House: Signed by Speaker
03/07/15  Senate: Signed by President
03/10/15  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/11/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB2286ER)
03/27/15  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/27/15  House: Governor's substitute printed 15105725D-H1
04/14/15  House: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  House: Speaker ruled Governor's recommendation not germane
04/15/15  House: Communicated to Governor
04/30/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 767 (effective 7/1/15)
04/30/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0767)




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SB1130       Patron: Thomas A. Garrett  -  all patrons                                          
Sale of or possession of with intent to sell blackjacks and other similar weapons. Eliminates the crime of selling, transferring, or possessing with the intent to sell or transfer blackjacks, brass or metal knucks, throwing stars or oriental darts, switchblade knives, ballistic knives, or other similar weapons. The crime is currently punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill repeals the ban on blackjacks, switchblades, ballistic knives, and throwing stars. Switchblades and ballistic knives are particularly useful to those with physical handicaps. Criminal misuse of such weapons is illegal, but mere possession should not be.
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100599D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 4-N)
02/06/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/09/15  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/09/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/09/15  Senate: Passed Senate (26-Y 12-N)
02/09/15  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/09/15  Senate: Passed Senate (25-Y 13-N)
02/11/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/15  House: Read first time
02/11/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/11/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/12/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (14-Y 7-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Read third time
02/17/15  House: Passed House (56-Y 42-N)
02/17/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (56-Y 42-N)
02/18/15  House: Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/18/15  House: Passed by temporarily
02/18/15  House: Defeated by House (17-Y 83-N)
02/18/15  House: VOTE: DEFEATED #2 (17-Y 83-N)




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SB1137       Patron: Thomas A. Garrett  -  all patrons                                          

Regulation of transportation of a loaded rifle or shotgun. Provides that any person who holds a valid concealed handgun permit 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 exempts concealed handgun permit holders from any local bans on having loaded rifles or shotguns in a vehicle on any public street, road, or highway. Currently law enforcement, military and any person who reasonably believes that a loaded rifle or shotgun is necessary for his personal safety in the course of his employment or business are exempted.
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102523D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
01/27/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/15  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/30/15  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/02/15  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 13-N)
02/06/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15  House: Read first time
02/06/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/12/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (14-Y 7-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Passed by for the day
02/18/15  House: Read third time
02/18/15  House: Amendment by Delegate Surovell rejected
02/18/15  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/15  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/18/15  House: Passed House with amendment (62-Y 34-N)
02/18/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 34-N)
02/20/15  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 5-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N)
02/20/15  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 14-N)
02/25/15  Senate: Enrolled
02/25/15  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1137ER)
02/25/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/26/15  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/14/15  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  Senate: Passed by for the day - Governor's veto sustained




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SB1191       Patron: Thomas K. Norment, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Firearms, other weapons on school property. Amends the statute that makes it a crime to possess a firearm, stun weapon, knife, or certain other weapons on school property to require that the person knowingly possess the firearm or other weapon.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes the felony charge for having a firearm on school property to apply only if the person does so knowingly. This is particularly important for exclusive school events held off of school property.
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102790D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (10-Y 4-N)
01/27/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Read second time
01/28/15  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/28/15  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/28/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1191E
01/28/15  Senate: Printed as engrossed 15102790D-E
01/29/15  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 12-N)
01/29/15  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
01/29/15  Senate: Passed Senate (28-Y 11-N)
02/06/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15  House: Read first time
02/06/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/12/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Read third time
02/17/15  House: Passed by for the day
02/18/15  House: Read third time
02/18/15  House: Passed House (93-Y 5-N)
02/18/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 5-N)
02/23/15  Senate: Enrolled
02/23/15  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1191ER)
02/23/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/25/15  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/15
02/25/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/17/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 289 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0289)




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SB948       Patron: Richard H. Stuart  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information. Provides that information on concealed handgun permittees in the Virginia Criminal Information Network shall not be shared with law enforcement

VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits the Virginia State Police from providing Virginia concealed handgun permittee information to law enforcement in states that do not have a reciprocal licensing agreement with Virginia. This would prevent states that are hostile to gun ownership, such as Maryland, from going on .fishing trips. to find an excuse to arrest or harrass Virginia concealed handgun permit holders.

01/09/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100309D
01/09/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
01/20/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/21/15  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/22/15  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N)
01/30/15  House: Placed on Calendar
01/30/15  House: Read first time
01/30/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/12/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (14-Y 7-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Read third time
02/17/15  House: Passed House (66-Y 33-N)
02/17/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 33-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Enrolled
02/20/15  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB948ER)
02/20/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/24/15  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/24/15
02/24/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/14/15  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (23-Y 16-N)
04/15/15  Senate: Motion to reconsider vote to override veto agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
04/15/15  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto
04/15/15  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (24-Y 16-N)




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Bills We Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB2015       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons                                          

Exemption from creditor process; bankruptcy proceedings. Makes several changes to articles that may be exempted from creditor process: (i) removes the one-gun limit, though the $3,000 cap remains the same; (ii) removes the one-car limit, though the $6,000 cap remains the same; (iii) allows those portions of a tax refund or governmental payment attributable to the federal Child Tax Credit or the Earned Income Credit to be exempted; (iv) allows unpaid spousal or child support to be exempted; and (v) extends the exemption from creditor process to spousal and child support, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows more than one firearm to be protected from bankruptcy proceedings,as long as the total value of the firearms does not exceed $3,000.
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100444D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/26/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 1-N)
01/28/15  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104324D-H1
01/30/15  House: Read first time
02/02/15  House: Read second time
02/02/15  House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104324D-H1
02/02/15  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2015H1
02/03/15  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/15  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 2-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/23/15  Senate: Read third time
02/23/15  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/26/15  House: Enrolled
02/26/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2015ER)
02/26/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/27/15  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/27/15
02/27/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 686 (effective 7/1/15)
03/27/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0686)




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SB848       Patron: William M. Stanley, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Commonwealth's Twenty marksmanship award. Establishes the "Commonwealth's Twenty" marksmanship award to recognize the top 20 competitors in each of the rifle and pistol Excellence-in-Competition matches conducted at the annual Virginia State Championships conducted by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates the .Governor.s Twenty. marksmanship award recognizing the top 20 pistol and rifle competitors at an annual marksmanship match held in Virginia.
01/05/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100731D
01/05/15  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/15  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
01/21/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/22/15  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/23/15  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/30/15  House: Placed on Calendar
01/30/15  House: Read first time
01/30/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Read third time
02/17/15  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/15  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Enrolled
02/20/15  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB848ER)
02/20/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/24/15  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/24/15
02/24/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/14/15  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 2-N)
04/15/15  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 0-N)
04/15/15  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
04/15/15  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/15/15  Senate: Reenrolled
04/15/15  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB848ER2)
04/15/15  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/15/15  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/15/15  House: Enacted, Chapter 747 (effective 7/1/15)
04/15/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0747)




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Bills We Are Currently Neutral On

 
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HB1702       Patron: Bill R. DeSteph, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Transfer, etc., of firearms from licensed dealer; criminal history record information. Provides that a licensed firearms dealer may perform a criminal history record information check before selling, renting, trading, or transferring any firearm owned by the dealer that is not in his inventory. Current law requires that a dealer perform such a check only if the firearm is from the dealer's inventory.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a dealer who owns a firearm, but doesn.t have it in his inventory, to require a purchaser to go through a background check. Dealer must already require a background check when selling, trading, or transferring a firearm to a non-dealer.
01/12/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100323D
01/12/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/04/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/04/15  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
02/05/15  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/15  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/06/15  House: Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N)
02/07/15  House: Read first time
02/09/15  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/10/15  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/15  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
02/16/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/18/15  Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (12-Y 0-N)
02/19/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Read third time
02/20/15  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/20/15  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/15  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N)
02/23/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/24/15  House: Senate amendment rejected by House (2-Y 94-N)
02/24/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 94-N)
02/25/15  Senate: Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/15  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/26/15  House: House acceded to request
02/26/15  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/26/15  House: Delegates: DeSteph, Lingamfelter, Hope
02/26/15  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/15  Senate: Senators: Garrett, Stanley, Edwards
02/26/15  Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/26/15  House: Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/15  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
02/27/15  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N)
03/06/15  House: Enrolled
03/06/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1702ER)
03/06/15  House: Signed by Speaker
03/07/15  Senate: Signed by President
03/10/15  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/27/15  House: Governor's substitute printed 15105774D-H1
04/14/15  House: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  House: Speaker ruled Governor's recommendation not germane
04/15/15  House: Communicated to Governor
04/30/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 759 (effective 7/1/15)
04/30/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0759)
SB936       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons                                          

Unclaimed firearms; donation to Department of Forensic Science. Permits localities, the Capitol Police, and the State Police to donate unclaimed firearms to the Department of Forensic Science. The bill also extends from 60 to 120 days the period for which various law-enforcement agencies must retain unclaimed firearms before destroying or donating such firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill gives police, sheriffs, Capitol Police, and Virginia State Police the option of donating an unclaimed firearm to the Department of Forensics in lieu of destroying the firearm. If the option of auctioning the firearm to a gun dealer were added, VCDL would support this bill.
01/08/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101854D
01/08/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/15  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/06/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15  House: Read first time
02/06/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/12/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendments (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Read third time
02/17/15  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/15  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/17/15  House: Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/15  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/15  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/24/15  Senate: Enrolled
02/24/15  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB936ER)
02/24/15  House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/15  Senate: Signed by President
02/26/15  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 220 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0220)
 
Bills That Have Been Rolled Into Other Bills, Continued to Next Year, Withdrawn or Killed

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
SB689       Patron: Richard H. Black  -  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, while allowing local law enforcement to still be involved in the issuance of permits. This is a companion bill to HB 1359.
11/21/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100379D
11/21/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 4-N)
01/26/15  Senate: Committee substitute printed 15104197D-S1
01/26/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/11/15  Senate: Left in Finance
HB2027       Patron: Tony O. Wilt  -  all patrons

Prohibition on weapons at airport; exception for handguns. Provides that a person may lawfully possess or transport a handgun into any portion of an air carrier airport terminal other than the secured area of the terminal. The bill requires the authority, commission, or other entity that operates an airport terminal containing a secured area to post at least one notice in a conspicuous location at each entrance to a secured area informing the public that they are entering a secured area and listing the items restricted from being possessed or transported in the secured area.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person in lawful possession of a handgun to carry that handgun in the non-secure area of an airport terminal. Signs will be posted before entering the secure area warning that the area is a secure area. 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. This bill as introduced is preferable to HB 1772 as introduced.
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101013D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/11/15  House: Left in Transportation
HB1329       Patron: R. Lee Ware  -  all patrons

Out-of-state concealed handgun permits; photo identification. Removes certain requirements for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit or license to be recognized and accepted in Virginia and instead requires an out-of-state permit or license holder to carry a government-issued photo identification and present such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer in order for his out-of-state permit or license to be recognized and accepted in Virginia.



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.
11/24/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101138D
11/24/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
02/06/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (15-Y 6-N)
02/07/15  House: Read first time
02/09/15  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/10/15  House: Read third time and passed House (65-Y 35-N)
02/10/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 35-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (10-Y 2-N)
02/16/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/17/15  Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
02/18/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/18/15  Senate: Read third time
02/18/15  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/18/15  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/18/15  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/18/15  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/15  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (29-Y 9-N)
02/18/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/15  House: Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 85-N)
02/18/15  House: VOTE:REJECTED (0-Y 85-N)
02/18/15  Senate: Senate insisted on amendments (37-Y 0-N)
02/18/15  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/18/15  House: House acceded to request
02/18/15  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/18/15  Senate: Senators: Garrett, Stuart, Edwards
02/18/15  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/18/15  House: Delegates: Ware, Gilbert, Keam
02/27/15  House: No further action taken
02/27/15  House: Failed to pass in House
HB1359       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, while allowing local law enforcement to still be involved in the issuance of permits. This is a companion bill to SB 689.
12/02/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101524D
12/02/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1389       Patron: Mark J. Berg  -  all patrons

Educational institution; prohibition on regulating concealed handguns. Prohibits any public institution of higher education from adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation, or policy prohibiting or limiting the carrying of a concealed handgun on property owned or operated by the institution by any person entitled to carry a concealed handgun. The bill also provides that any rule, regulation, or policy adopted prior to July 1, 2015, prohibiting or limiting the carrying of a concealed handgun is invalid.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits any public institution of higher education from preventing a person with a valid concealed handgun permit from carrying a concealed handgun on property owned by the institution. This bill will strongly discourage a criminal from attempting a massacre like the one at Virginia Tech in 2007. Virginia.s colleges and universities will no longer be .gun-free zones,. where good people are not allowed to defend themselves and others from evil-doers.
12/15/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101685D
12/15/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/10/15  House: Left in Education
HB1390       Patron: Mark J. Berg  -  all patrons

Regulation of firearms by state entities. Prohibits any department, agency, or other entity of the Commonwealth from adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation, or policy regarding firearms or ammunition except as expressly authorized by statute. Any rule, regulation, or policy adopted prior to July 1, 2015, without express statutory authority would be invalid. The prohibition would not apply to local, state, or regional correctional facilities or facilities operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.



VCDL Comments
This bill is a state-agency firearms preemption bill, which would make Virginia's firearms laws consistent, with all laws, regulations, and ordinances based on specific statutes created by the General Assembly. Currently, unlike localities, state agencies can create firearms regulations without having to get prior approval from the General Assembly. This creates a confusing, and sometimes conflicting, set of gun regulations. The bill makes expections for correction facilities and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
12/15/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101686D
12/15/14  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1411       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Possession of concealed handguns; faculty members at public institutions of higher education. Allows full-time faculty members of public institutions of higher education who possess a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows full-time faculty members of public institutions of higher education to carry a concealed handgun on campus. This is a step in the right direction in preventing future school massacres. HB 1389 is a better, more encompassing solution to the problem, however.
12/18/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102773D
12/18/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/10/15  House: Left in Education
HB1772       Patron: Mark J. Berg  -  all patrons

Prohibition on weapons at airport; exception for concealed handguns. Provides that a person entitled to carry a concealed handgun may lawfully possess or transport a concealed handgun in any air carrier airport terminal.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a handgun into the nonsecure 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. HB 2027, as introduced, is preferred over this bill, as introduced.
01/12/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101680D
01/12/15  House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/11/15  House: Left in Transportation
HB1467       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Authorization and training for persons designated to carry concealed handguns on school property. Permits a school board or an administrator of a private school to designate one or more qualified person for every school who may carry a concealed handgun on school property. Such qualified persons include certain school division employees, certain school volunteers who carry valid concealed handgun permits, and certain retired law-enforcement officers. Any person designated to carry a concealed handgun must be certified and trained by the Virginia Center for School and Campus 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 to be established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows K-12 school boards to appoint certain individuals 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. This is an important step in the direction of protecting schools from future massacres.
12/30/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102750D
12/30/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/10/15  House: Left in Education
SB1132       Patron: Thomas A. Garrett  -  all patrons

Possession of concealed handgun on school property. Provides an exception to the crime of possessing a firearm on school property if a person has a valid concealed handgun permit and possession of a concealed handgun occurs outside normal school hours. The bill also provides an exception if a person with a concealed handgun permit stores a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school; current law allows possession while the person is in the motor vehicle in one of those areas.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a concealed handgun permit holder, during normal school hours, to store a loaded, concealed handgun in his or her vehicle and then exit the vehicle. After normal school hours or on holidays or weekends, a concealed handgun permit holder can possess a concealed handgun on school property, including buildings and grounds. Not requiring the concealed handgun to be unloaded when leaving it secured in a vehicle is a safety measure as it minimizes the chances of an accidental discharge, which is more likely to happen when loading/unloading a gun. Allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry after school hours allows a person their right to self-defense, something that some states, such as Utah, allow during school hours. Companion bill to HB 1773.
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101291D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (8-Y 5-N)
01/27/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Read second time
01/28/15  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/28/15  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/28/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1132E
01/28/15  Senate: Printed as engrossed 15101291D-E
01/29/15  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/30/15  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/02/15  Senate: Read third time and defeated by Senate (17-Y 20-N)
02/02/15  Senate: Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/02/15  Senate: Read third time and defeated by Senate (18-Y 20-N)
SB1155       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Confiscation, reporting, and return of firearms by law enforcement. Replaces current requirements that law-enforcement agencies report information regarding confiscated firearms to the Department of State Police with a requirement that information be reported to a firearms tracing system maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice. The bill requires law-enforcement agencies to return stolen firearms to the rightful owner unless the person is prohibited from possessing the firearm or it is needed in a criminal prosecution.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires law enforcement to take reasonable steps to return a stolen gun used in a crime back to its rightful owner.
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101819D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/15  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 1-N)
02/06/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15  House: Read first time
02/06/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/12/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/13/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/15  House: Read second time
02/17/15  House: Read third time
02/17/15  House: Passed by for the day
02/18/15  House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/18/15  House: Rereferred to Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/24/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HR202       Patron: C. Matthew Fariss  -  all patrons

Memorializing Congress; restoration of gun ownership rights for federal felons. Urges the United States Congress to restore gun ownership rights for federal felons.



VCDL Comments
This bill encourages Congress to fix the restoration of gun-rights process for those convicted of federal felonies. Currently those convicted of federal felonies do not have a way to get their gun rights restored because, while there is a mechanism to do so, there is no funding.
01/14/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15102786D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/30/15  House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote
HB2029       Patron: Tony O. Wilt  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; fees; background check; exemption for permit holders. 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. The bill increases from $10 to $20 the fee charged by the circuit court clerk for processing an application and issuing a permit. The bill also sets at $30 the maximum fee that is charged for conducting a background investigation of an applicant for a concealed handgun permit. Of this maximum $30 fee, $10 must be paid to the State Police to cover its costs associated with processing the application and the local law-enforcement agency may charge a fee not to exceed the remaining $20. The bill also requires that the State Police, in preparing the report from the Central Criminal Records Exchange for the circuit court with regard to an applicant for a concealed handgun permit, shall initiate a search of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for purposes of obtaining criminal history record information regarding the applicant. The bill also provides that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit must include his alien number or admission number if he is not a citizen of the United States. Finally, the bill provides that a person is disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit if he is otherwise disqualified from possessing or receiving a firearm pursuant to state or federal law. 



VCDL Comments
This bill reappropriates concealed handgun permit fees between the Circuit Court Clerk and law enforcement. It also requires a National Instant Check System background check be done on concealed handgun permit holders, which will then allow the permit holders to purchase firearms without needing a background check, as per federal law.
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103116D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/23/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/06/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 6-N)
02/06/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104235D-H1
02/07/15  House: Read first time
02/09/15  House: Read second time
02/09/15  House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104235D-H1
02/09/15  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2029H1
02/10/15  House: Read third time and passed House (65-Y 35-N)
02/10/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 35-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 3-N)
02/16/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/24/15  Senate: Left in Finance
SB828       Patron: Richard H. Black  -  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 handgun 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.
01/05/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100380D
01/05/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
HB1773       Patron: Mark J. Berg  -  all patrons

Possession of concealed handgun on school property. Provides an exception to the crime of possessing a firearm on school property if a person has a valid concealed handgun permit and possession of a concealed handgun occurs outside normal school hours. The bill also provides an exception if a person with a concealed handgun permit stores a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school; current law allows possession while the person is in the motor vehicle in one of those areas.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a concealed handgun permit holder, during normal school hours, to store a loaded, concealed handgun in his or her vehicle and then exit the vehicle. After normal school hours or on holidays or weekends, a concealed handgun permit holder can possess a concealed handgun on school property, including buildings and grounds. Not requiring the concealed handgun to be unloaded when leaving it secured in a vehicle is a safety measure as it minimizes the chances of an accidental discharge, which is more likely to happen when loading/unloading a gun. Allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry after school hours allows a person their right to self-defense, something that some states, such as Utah, allow during school hours. Companion bill to SB 1132.
01/12/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101684D
01/12/15  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/10/15  House: Left in Education
HR192       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Speaker of the House; legal counsel. Authorizes the Speaker of the House to employ legal counsel to represent the House of Delegates and institute legal action against any federal authority that violates the sovereign rights of the Commonwealth reserved and guaranteed under the United States Constitution.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes the Speaker of the House of Delegates to employ legal counsel to represent the General Assembly to redress any unconstitional violations of the soverign rights and general police powers of the Commonwealth by the federal government. This helps protect the rights, including firearm rights, of the citizens of Virginia for an overreaching federal government.
12/18/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100447D
12/18/14  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/30/15  House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote
HJ529       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Speaker of the House; legal counsel. Authorizes the Speaker of the House to employ legal counsel to represent the General Assembly and institute legal action against any federal authority that violates the sovereign rights of the Commonwealth reserved and guaranteed under the United States Constitution.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes the Speaker of the House of Delegates to employ legal counsel to represent the General Assembly to redress any unconstitional violations of the soverign rights and general police powers of the Commonwealth by the federal government. This helps protect the rights, including firearm rights, of the citizens of Virginia for an overreaching federal government.
12/18/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100681D
12/18/14  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/30/15  House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote
SB723       Patron: Richard H. Black  -  all patrons

Public schools; health information form. Prohibits the physical examination report or health information form required by public schools for entering students from including a question on the subject of the presence of a firearm in the residence of the student.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits public schools from asking about the presence of firearms in the residence of the student on a physical examination report or a health information form.
12/09/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100437D
12/09/14  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/15  Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (14-Y 0-N)
SB943       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; restoration of rights; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, assault and battery of a family or household member, or sexual battery from possessing or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crimes may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his rights to possess or transport a firearm.



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!
01/09/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102696D
01/09/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Reconsidered by Courts of Justice
01/28/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 4-N)
01/28/15  Senate: Committee substitute printed 15104361D-S1
01/28/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/11/15  Senate: Left in Finance
HB1909       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 bans magazines which will hold more that 20 rounds of ammunition. Three such magazines acquired before July 1, 2015 can be kept if registered, but the rest must be given up or sold. Such registration must be done annually and storage for the magazine must be made available for the State Police to inspect. This bill is one that a police state would support. According to the FBI just a little over 300 people were killed with long guns in their latest report on crime. Of those, only a fraction would have had a magazine that would hold more than 20 rounds. This bill would do nothing for crime, but would put an onerous responsibility on gun owners to register the magazines every year. Under the Fifth Amenment, criminals would not have to register their magazines. The requirement for police to inspect the storage area for the magazines would violate the 4th Amendment as well.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102322D
01/13/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1923       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells a firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers between immediate family members, transfers that occur by operation of law, and transfers by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that all private sales of firearms go through a federal firearms licensed dealer ('Universal Background Check'). This bill will do nothing about crime, but will make it harder and more expensive for a citizen to sell or trade 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. Finally, this bill will also lead to an inevitable 'Universal Registration' scheme at some point in the future to provide for enforcement.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101423D
01/13/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB909       Patron: Janet D. Howell  -  all patrons

Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Prohibits a person who is subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm; currently, such person is only prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm. Such conduct is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes possessing a firearm illegal if that person has a restraining or protective order against them. The current law allows a person to be able to possess a firearm to protect themselves, but not purchase or transport a firearm, nor have a concealed handgun permit, while the order is in effect. During divorce proceedings it is not unusual for both parties to have a protect order issued against each other. Sometimes the order can be issued ex-parte, so the person may not even be aware that their guns at home are now unlawful for them to possess. The Commonwealth should not take away the right of either party to at least be able to protect themselves in their own home.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101399D
01/08/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
HB1997       Patron: J. Morrissey-Seat Vacated 3/25  -  all patrons

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits individuals who are not licensed firearms dealers from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (ii) state and local correctional facilities, (iii) licensed private security companies, (iv) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (v) persons whose handgun has been lost or stolen or who are trading in a handgun, (vi) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (vii) purchases of antique firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill reinstates the old 'One Handgun a Month' law. There was no evidence to show that the old One Handgun a Month law did anything to reduce crime or gun trafficking. Improvements in the background check system have also made the bill unnecessary. Companion bill to SB 798, HB 1997.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103346D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1426       Patron: Daniel W. Marshall, III (by request)  -  all patrons

Use of explosive material near dwelling house; penalty. Provides that any person who intentionally detonates an explosive material by means of a firearm within one mile of a dwelling house is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits the use of exploding targets for firearms within one mile of a dwelling with a penalty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. This solution in search of a problem would pretty much eliminate the use of these otherwise perfectly legal and fun targets in the Commonwealth. Bill is being withdrawn by Delegate Danny Marshall.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/23/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101985D
12/23/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/19/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB993       Patron: L. Louise Lucas  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" or "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 approach when asked seven 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 mandatory 20-year retention of that paperwork. The private sale background check requirement is just the first step in ultimately setting up a 'Universal Background Check' scheme that can only be enforced by means of a Universal Gun Registration. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns. It will also make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia, which brings a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. Finally, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, less than 1% of 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!
01/12/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101390D
01/12/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 15104271D-S1
01/26/15  Senate: Incorporates SB694
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N)
HB1604       Patron: Kenneth R. Plum  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" or "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 approach when asked seven 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 mandatory 20-year retention of that paperwork. The private sale background check requirement is just the first step in ultimately setting up a .Universal Background Check. scheme that can only be enforced by means of a .Universal Gun Registration.. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns. It will also make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia, which brings a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. Finally, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, less than 1% of guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows, so this bill will have no noticeable affect on crime. Companion bill to SB 694.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101391D
01/08/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2024       Patron: Mamye E. BaCote  -  all patrons

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



VCDL Comments
This bill allows localities to ban firearms in their libraries. A solution in search of a problem. This bill would start us back down the road of a hodgepodge of inconsistent and confusing gun laws across the Commonwealth.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103360D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2085       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; restoration of rights; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, brandishing a firearm, or two or more convictions of assault and battery from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crimes may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his rights to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill takes away the right of someone to possess or transport a firearm for certain misdemeanor convictions. Misdemeanors are not meant to take away someone.s civil rights because, by definition, they are minor crimes. Companion bill to SB 943.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103268D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2045       Patron: Eileen Filler-Corn  -  all patrons

Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Prohibits a person who is subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm; currently, such person is only prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm. Such conduct is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes possessing a firearm illegal if that person has a restraining or protective order against them. The current law allows a person to be able to possess a firearm to protect themselves, but not purchase or transport a firearm, nor have a concealed handgun permit, while the order is in effect. During divorce proceedings it is not unusual for both parties to have a protect order issued against each other. Sometimes the order can be issued ex-parte, so the person may not even be aware that their guns at home are now unlawful for them to possess. The Commonwealth should not take away the right of either party to at least be able to protect themselves in their own home. Companion bill to SB 909.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101398D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB798       Patron: Mamie E. Locke  -  all patrons

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits individuals who are not licensed firearms dealers from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (ii) state and local correctional facilities, (iii) licensed private security companies, (iv) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (v) persons whose handgun has been lost or stolen or who are trading in a handgun, (vi) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (vii) purchases of antique firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill reinstates the old .One Handgun a Month. law. There was no evidence to show that the old One Handgun a Month law did anything to reduce crime or gun trafficking. Improvements in the background check system have also made the bill unnecessary.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/01/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102703D
01/01/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
SB768       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, by operation of law, and when the transfer is temporary and is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm or occurs while in the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm.



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 or trade 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. No fee limit is placed on what a dealer can charge for such a transfer, either.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/23/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100203D
12/23/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
HB2328       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Protective orders; surrender of firearms; penalty. Provides that a person who is subject to a protective order must surrender any firearm possessed by him to the court within 24 hours of being served with the protective order. The court shall prepare a written receipt, which shall be signed by the person surrendering the firearm, containing the name of the person, the date on which it was surrendered, and the manufacturer, model, and serial number of the firearm and provide a copy of the receipt to the court. The bill provides further that the person may present the copy of the receipt to the court upon the expiration of the protective order and the court shall then return the firearm. The failure to surrender a firearm is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also prohibits a person who is subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm, where currently such person is only prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes possessing a firearm illegal if that person has a restraining or protective order against them. The current law allows a person to be able to possess a firearm to protect themselves, but not purchase or transport a firearm, nor have a concealed handgun permit, while the order is in effect. During divorce proceedings it is not unusual for both parties to have a protect order issued against each other. Sometimes the order can be issued ex parte, so the person may not even be aware that their guns at home are now unlawful for them to possess. The Commonwealth should not take away the right of either party to at least be able to protect themselves in their own home.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/23/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15100711D
01/23/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/28/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2359       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence. Makes various changes to the types of training courses permitted to satisfy the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun in order to obtain a concealed handgun permit, including (i) requiring that a National Rifle Association (NRA) or Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) training course focus on the use and handling of a concealed handgun; (ii) requiring that a law-enforcement officer qualify to carry a handgun rather than a firearm in the course of normal police duties; and (iii) requiring that online NRA or DCJS training courses be synchronous. The bill also eliminates certain existing methods for demonstrating competence with a handgun, including (a) completing a hunter education or safety course; (b) completing a law-enforcement firearms safety or training course offered to security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any other division of law enforcement or security enforcement; and (c) having previously held a concealed handgun permit. The bill also provides that any proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun shall expire five years from the date of completion of such course or class.



VCDL Comments
This bill reduces the number of firearm educational programs that would be accepted as training for the purposes of getting a concealed handgun permit. It also puts a 5-year expiration on the training. A solution looking for a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/23/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15100302D
01/23/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/28/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2370       Patron: David J. Toscano  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms at gun shows; voluntary background check; penalties. Requires the Department of State Police to be available to perform background checks for non-dealer sales at gun shows if requested by a party involved in a transaction. The promoter of the firearms show shall furnish the Department of State Police sufficient facilities to perform the background checks. 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 the State Police to be at all gun shows to provide background checks for private sales and can charge a fee for doing so. This bill is a step in the wrong direction as it would facilitate a requirement in the future that all firearm sales at gun shows go through a background check.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/23/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15101392D
01/23/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/28/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/04/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1904       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Firearms; access by children; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly authorize a child age four or younger to use a firearm or pneumatic gun.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a crime for someone to authorize a child four-years-old or younger to use a firearm or an air gun under any circumstances. Determining the maturity of a child is not the job of government, but of the parents. Companion bill to SB 1179.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101427D
01/13/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1864       Patron: Sam Rasoul  -  all patrons

Firearms show; State Police list of vendors or exhibitors. Requires a promoter of a firearms show to include in his list of vendors or exhibitors submitted to State Police information regarding whether a vendor or exhibitor was selling or transferring a firearm and the vendor or exhibitor's dealer identification number, if applicable.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds more reporting requirements provided to the Virginia State Police by gun show promoters. On the list of vendors or exhibiters that promoters already supply to the State Police, the promoter would now have to indicate which vendors were selling or transferring firearms and provide a dealer identification number for those vendors, if applicable. This is simply creating more mandates for the sake of having more mandates on gun show promoters, and would have no affect on stopping criminals from getting firearms.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101983D
01/13/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1801       Patron: Lionell Spruill, Sr.  -  all patrons

Display or distribution of information at firearms shows. Requires a vendor or exhibitor at firearms shows to display at his booth or table a sign that contains his full legal name, the name and address of the business, if applicable, and his telephone number. The bill also provides that no vendor or exhibitor in the show may advertise that he is not required to obtain criminal history record information for potential customers or any other substantially similar statement.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits a person privately selling a firearm at a gun show from advertising that he or she is not required to run a background check on the purchaser. Besides the obvious First Amendment issues with this bill, what would be considered 'advertising' is vague.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101394D
01/13/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1671       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits individuals who are not licensed firearms dealers from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day

VCDL Comments
This bill reinstates the old .One Handgun a Month. law. There was no evidence to show that the old One Handgun a Month law did anything to reduce crime or gun trafficking. Improvements in the background check system have also made the bill unnecessary. Companion bill to SB 798.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/09/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100304D
01/09/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1108       Patron: Linda T. Puller  -  all patrons

Revocation of concealed handgun permit; delinquency in child support payments. Provides for the revocation of an individual's concealed handgun permit if such individual (i) has failed to comply with a subpoena, summons, or warrant relating to paternity or child support proceedings or (ii) is delinquent in the payment of child support by 90 days or more or in an amount of $5,000 or more. If the obligor remedies the delinquency, reaches an agreement with the oblige or Department of Social Services to remedy the delinquency, or complies with the subpoena, summons, or warrant, he may reapply for a concealed weapons permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill revokes the concealed handgun permit for a person who is delinquent in child support payments. A person who has fallen on financial hard times should not have their lives endangered by having their right to self-defense abrogated. There is no logical connection between child support payments and the right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense any more than there is a connection between failing to pay a water bill and having a drivers license. Companion bill to HB 1548.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101397D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
SB912       Patron: Jennifer T. Wexton  -  all patrons

Emergency custody orders; temporary firearms restriction orders. Requires a magistrate who issues an emergency custody order to also issue a temporary firearms restriction order for a period of 90 days. A person subject to a temporary firearms restriction order who purchases, possesses, or transports a firearm while the order is in effect is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A person who is subject to a temporary firearms restriction order, at any time prior to the expiration of such order, may petition the general district court in the county or city in which he resides to restore his right to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a new .temporary firearms restriction order,. which prohibits the purchase, possession, or transportation of a firearm for 90-days if a person has an emergency custody order issued against them. The concept is unecessary as the person will not have access to his firearms during the time that the emergency custody order is in effect (up to 8 hours) or, if a temporary detention order (TDO) is issued, for a total of 80 hours. In the case that a TDO is determined not to be necessary or the TDO shows the person does not need treatment, the person currently retains his or her gun rights. With this bill, those rights would be taken away for 90 days, even though the person was not deemed to require treatment.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100551D
01/08/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
HB1548       Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons

Revocation of concealed handgun permit; delinquency in child support payments. Provides for the revocation of an individual's concealed handgun permit if such individual (i) has failed to comply with a subpoena, summons, or warrant relating to paternity or child support proceedings or (ii) is delinquent in the payment of child support by 90 days or more or in an amount of $5,000 or more. If the obligor remedies the delinquency, reaches an agreement with the obligee or Department of Social Services to remedy the delinquency, or complies with the subpoena, summons, or warrant, he may reapply for a concealed weapons permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill revokes the concealed handgun permit for a person who is delinquent in child support payments. A person who has fallen on financial hard times should not have their lives endangered by having their right to self-defense abrogated. There is no logical connection between child support payments and the right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense any more than there is a connection between failing to pay a water bill and having a drivers license.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101396D
01/07/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1178       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Firearms; penalties.

VCDL Comments
This bill changes a plethora of code sections to increase penalties and remove rights for firearm owners, solving problems that don't exist. Particularly objectionable parts in no particular order are: 1) Further victimizes a person whose gun has been stolen by opening them up to civil liability for not have secured the gun against such theft. 2) Removes the exemption which allows a concealed handgun permit holder to have a loaded firearm with more than a 20 round magazine in certain localities. 3) Adds the requirement to fingerprint concealed handgun applicants, something which was removed as a requirement years ago. 4) Removes the option for firearms training online. 5) Creates a requirement for 'Universal Background Checks'. 6) Reinstates the One Handgun a Month law, BUT makes it One Firearm a Month and removes any exemption for concealed handgun permit holders.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100426D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N)
SB1179       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Firearms; access by children; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly authorize a child age four or younger to use a firearm or pneumatic gun.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a crime for someone to authorize a child four-years-old or younger to use a firearm or an air gun under any circumstances. Determining the maturity of a child is not the job of government, but of the parents. Companion bill to HB 1904.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100916D
01/13/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N)
SB1429       Patron: George L. Barker  -  all patrons

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure where an attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer can apply to a circuit court judge for a warrant to remove firearms from a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others. If firearms are seized pursuant to the warrant, there will be a court hearing within 14 days from execution of the warrant to determine whether the firearms should be returned or retained by law-enforcement. Firearms may be retained for up to 180 days or, with court approval, may be transferred to a third party chosen by the person from whom they were seized. Persons who have been served with a warrant or who are the subject of an order are disqualified from having a concealed handgun permit or purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer and may not be employed by a licensed firearms dealer. It will also be a crime for a person to transfer a firearm to a person whom he knows has been served with a warrant or who is the subject of an order.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a .warrant and order for removal of firearms for persons posing a substantial risk of personal injury to self or others.. The warrant is used to confiscate all firearms from the person named in the warrant and such guns can be kept from 14 up to 180 days. This bill is unnecessary as current law prohibits a person who has been committed either voluntarily or involuntarily from having firearms until they are cured.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/23/15  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 15102360D
01/23/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
SB694       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on a prospective transferee before a firearms show vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. The bill defines a "firearms show vendor" as a person who (i) is not a licensed dealer in Virginia; (ii) exhibits, sells, offers for sale, transfers, or exchanges any firearm at a firearms show; and (iii) has paid or given some other thing of value to the promoter for the opportunity to sell guns at the gun show. Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check. The bill also requires the promoter of a firearms show to provide firearms show 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 approach when asked seven 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 mandatory 20-year retention of that paperwork. The private sale background check requirement is just the first step in ultimately setting up a .Universal Background Check. scheme that can only be enforced by means of a .Universal Gun Registration.. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns. It will also make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia, which brings a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. Finally, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, less than 1% of 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!
11/25/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100384D
11/25/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/15  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB993-Lucas) (15-Y 0-N)
HB1287       Patron: Mark L. Cole  -  all patrons

Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; conviction required. Requires that any action for the forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until the person whose property is the subject of the forfeiture action has been convicted of the crime authorizing the forfeiture and has exhausted all appeals. The bill provides that property may be forfeited even though no final conviction order is entered if (i) the forfeiture is ordered by the court pursuant to a plea agreement or (ii) the owner of the property has not submitted a written demand for the return of the property within one year from the date the property was seized. This bill incorporates HB 1468.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that any forfeiture of property action in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until there is an actual conviction and any appeals exhausted. Firearms are forfeited at the drop of a hat and many times are not returned, even if the owner is found not to be guilty of the alleged crime. This is a companion bill to SB 684.
09/23/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100438D
09/23/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/21/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 1-N)
01/28/15  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 1-N)
01/28/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104038D-H1
01/28/15  House: Incorporates HB1468
01/30/15  House: Read first time
02/02/15  House: Read second time
02/02/15  House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104038D-H1
02/02/15  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1287H1
02/03/15  House: Read third time and passed House (92-Y 6-N)
02/03/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 6-N)
02/04/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/15  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 2-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/17/15  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance with letter (9-Y 5-N)
SB684       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons

Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; conviction required. Requires that any action for the forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until the person whose property is the subject of the forfeiture action has been convicted of the crime and has exhausted all appeals.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that any forfeiture of property action in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until there is an actual conviction and any appeals exhausted. Firearms are forfeited at the drop of a hat and many times are not returned, even if the owner is found not to be guilty of the alleged crime. This is a companion bill to HB 1287.
10/21/14  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100578D
10/21/14  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/15  Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 15103728D-S1
01/21/15  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (12-Y 0-N)
HJ528       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Study; JLARC; militarization of police; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the militarization of law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the militarization of state and local law-enforcement agencies. Police have a very different mission than the military and that distinction is important. The militarization of police is of particular concern to gun owners as S.W.A.T. teams are sometimes brought out when serving even basic warrants simply because a suspect is a gun owner and not necessarily a threat. That, combined with .no knock. warrants, creates a dangerous situation for all involved.
12/18/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100372D
12/18/14  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/20/15  House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/22/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Rules
HB2214       Patron: Nick Rush  -  all patrons

Restoration of firearms rights; report to State Police. Provides a mechanism for reporting to the Department of State Police when a circuit court restores a felon's right to possess, transport, and carry a firearm. 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 records will be aware of the order's existence.



VCDL Comments
This bill lays out some particulars on how a felon.s gun rights are restored and allows for an appeal.
01/15/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15103084D
01/15/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/15  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/06/15  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/06/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104363D-H1
02/06/15  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Appropriations
HB1991       Patron: J. Morrissey-Seat Vacated 3/25  -  all patrons

Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; conviction required; owner retains possession. Requires that any action for the forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until the person whose property is the subject of the forfeiture action has been convicted of the crime and has exhausted all appeals. The bill also provides that no property shall be seized until after a final judgment of conviction has been entered and all appeals have been exhausted.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that any forfeiture of property action in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until there is an actual conviction and any appeals exhausted. Firearms areforfeited at the drop of a hat and many times are not returned, even if the owner is found not to be guilty of the alleged crime. This is a companion bill to SB 684, HB 1991.
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102050D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/26/15  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1309       Patron: Mark L. Cole  -  all patrons

Local school boards; arming of school security officers. Permits local school boards to arm school security officers with batons, stun weapons, or any spray device designed to incapacitate a person and to allow school security officers to use such devices under the appropriate circumstances.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows local school boards to arm school security officers with less-lethal or non-lethal weapons, including batons, stun weapons, and spray devices to be used to temporarily incapacitate someone. Such weapons are authorized for use under appropriate circumstances. This is a good first step, but not nearly as good as arming security officers with a firearm.
11/10/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100434D
11/10/14  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/29/15  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/02/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
02/04/15  House: Reported from Education (15-Y 7-N)
02/05/15  House: Read first time
02/06/15  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/09/15  House: Read third time and passed House (66-Y 30-N)
02/09/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 30-N)
02/10/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/15  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/15  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/19/15  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (6-Y 8-N)
HB2232       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons

Purchase, etc., of ammunition by persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who has been involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment or who has agreed to voluntary admission after being the subject of a temporary detention order to purchase, possess, or transport ammunition for a firearm. Current law only applies to the purchase, possession, or transportation of the firearm itself.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds ammunition to the ban on firearms for someone who has been involuntarily admitted for mental health treatment or for mandatory outpatient treatment. It is not clear that this bill addresses a real problem. Without a firearm, the ammunition is useless, so why make it contraband?

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/16/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15101816D
01/16/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2242       Patron: James E. Edmunds, II  -  all patrons

Hunting requirement for person under age 12. Conforms the definition of "accompanied and directly supervised" as it applies to the hunting requirements for persons under the age of 12 to that of the same term as it currently applies to the hunting requirements for apprentice hunters; "accompanied and directly supervised" means that a person over 18 maintains close visual and verbal contact with, provides direction to, and can immediately assume control of the firearm, bow, or crossbow from the person who is under the age of 12.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes the definition of .accompanied and directly supervised. for someone hunting under the age of 12. The new definition requires the supervising adult to be closer to the child so they can take immediate control of the firearm, bow, or crossbow if necessary.
01/19/15  House: Presented and ordered printed 15103502D
01/19/15  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/04/15  House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (15-Y 7-N)
02/05/15  House: Read first time
02/06/15  House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/06/15  House: Rereferred to Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/10/15  House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB1575       Patron: Brenda L. Pogge  -  all patrons

Disqualifications for a concealed handgun permit; drunk boating. Disqualifies a person convicted of drunk boating within a three-year period immediately preceding any application for a concealed handgun permit from obtaining such a permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds drunken boating to the list of misdemeanor crimes that prohibits a person from qualifying for a concealed handgun permit for 3 years.
01/07/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101117D
01/07/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/15  House: Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/05/15  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (1-Y 3-N)
02/10/15  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1508       Patron: Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr.  -  all patrons

Institutions of higher education; sexual assault; memorandum of understanding and policies. Requires the governing board of each public or private institution of higher education to (i) establish a written memorandum of understanding with a local sexual assault crisis center or other victim support service and (ii) adopt policies that mandate the referral of a sexual assault victim to the sexual assault crisis center, provide clear guidance on linking victims to other community resources, provide options for victims who do not want to make an official report to make an anonymous report, and provide amnesty for victims who are concerned that an official report might jeopardize their academic status.



VCDL Comments
This bill clarifies that Article 1, Section 13 applies to the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense and defense of others.
01/05/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102669D
01/05/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/29/15  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
01/29/15  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/29/15  House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/03/15  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/15  House: Left in Education
SJ279       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons

Study; joint subcommittee; dangers of Tannerite; report. Establishes a nine-member joint subcommittee to study the dangers of Tannerite and, if necessary, identify the potential need to (i) restrict the amounts of Tannerite that can be purchased legally and (ii) add a warning label to such products due to the effects of their use.



VCDL Comments
This bill sets up a subcommittee to investigate if Tannerite use/possession should be regulated. Tannerite is used to make exploding targets for firearms. It is a binary explosive, which is made by combining two inert components. It is extremely stable and can only be set off after mixing the two component and shooting it with a rifle round. Tannerite has been on the market for some time and is not considered a regulated explosive by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) unless transported after being mixed. Like anything else, it can be misused. There should not be any restictions on Tannerite when a person is using it as per the manufacturer.s instructions.
01/14/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103002D
01/14/15  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/15  Senate: Reported from Rules by voice vote
01/27/15  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/11/15  Senate: Left in Finance