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VCDL 2016 Legislation Tracking Tool

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Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1096       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons                                          

Regulation of firearms by state entities. Prohibits any state entity from adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation, policy, or administrative action governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combinations thereof unless expressly authorized by statute. The bill invalidates any such rule, regulation, policy, or administrative action adopted by a state entity prior to July 1, 2016. The bill does not prohibit a law-enforcement officer from acting within the scope of his duties, nor does it apply to the Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of State Police, Virginia National Guard, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Department of Social Services, Virginia Port Authority, Office of the State Inspector General, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, each office of an attorney for the Commonwealth, or any institution of higher education. The bill allows entities to adopt or enforce rules or regulations necessary for compliance with the Fire Prevention Code or necessary for the operation of Reserve Officer Training Corps programs. The bill expressly authorizes the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to create certain regulations governing the possession, carrying, transportation, and storage of firearms, ammunition, or components or combinations thereof. This bill incorporates HB 593.

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VCDL Comments
This bill is a state-agency preemption bill for the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combinations thereof other than those expressly authorized by statute, with exceptions for certain state agencies, such as the Department of Corrections. This bill basically mirrors the local government firearm preemption law, 15.2-915.
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100024D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 7-N)
02/05/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104695D-H1
02/05/16  House: Incorporates HB593
02/08/16  House: Read first time
02/09/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/10/16  House: Read second time
02/10/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104695D-H1
02/10/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1096H1
02/11/16  House: Read third time and passed House (64-Y 34-N)
02/11/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (64-Y 34-N)
02/11/16  House: Passed by temporarily
02/11/16  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/11/16  House: Passed House (63-Y 35-N)
02/11/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (63-Y 35-N)
02/12/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (9-Y 6-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/29/16  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/29/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (21-Y 17-N)
03/01/16  House: Placed on Calendar
03/02/16  House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (65-Y 33-N)
03/02/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (65-Y 33-N)
03/03/16  House: Enrolled
03/03/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1096ER)
03/03/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/23/16  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/20/16  House: Placed on Calendar
04/20/16  House: House sustained Governor's veto (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: Requires 67 afirmative votes to override Governor's veto




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HB1163       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons                                          

Recognition of out-of-state concealed handgun permits; photo identification. Provides that the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if (i) the other state has a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state, if available; (ii) the person carries a government-issued photo identification and displays it upon demand of a law-enforcement officer; and (iii) the person has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked. The bill requires the Superintendent of State Police (Superintendent) to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with other states that require an agreement to be in place before the state will recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state. The bill provides that if the Superintendent determines that another state requires the Attorney General to execute or formally approve such agreement, the Attorney General will execute or approve such agreement within 30 days of written notification by the Superintendent that the Attorney General is required to execute or approve such agreement. Current law recognizes concealed handgun permits issued by states that (a) provide a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state and (b) have requirements and qualifications that are adequate to prevent possession of a permit by persons who would be denied a permit in Virginia. In addition, the bill requires the Superintendent, within 60 days of the effective date of the bill, to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition of concealed handgun permits or licenses with other states where agreements were in existence on December 1, 2015. This bill incorporates HB 12 and is identical to SB 610.

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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. It also requires the Attorney General to enter into reciprocal agreements, where such an agreement is required by the other state. By honoring all other states, Virginia permits will be honored in more states, including Georgia, New Hampshire, and Colorado. Eighteen other states already honor all permits, some doing so for over a decade.
01/14/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16103483D
01/14/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 7-N)
02/05/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105197D-H1
02/05/16  House: Incorporates HB12
02/08/16  House: Read first time
02/09/16  House: Floor substitute printed 16105372D-H2 (Webert)
02/09/16  House: Read second time
02/09/16  House: Committee substitute rejected 16105197D-H1
02/09/16  House: Substitute by Delegate Webert agreed to 16105372D-H2
02/09/16  House: Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1163H2
02/10/16  House: Read third time and passed House (72-Y 26-N)
02/10/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (72-Y 26-N)
02/11/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
02/19/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Read third time
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N)
02/22/16  House: Enrolled
02/22/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1163ER)
02/22/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/26/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 47 (effective 7/1/16)
02/26/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0047)




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HB1234       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          

School security officers; carrying a firearm. Authorizes a school security officer to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties if he is a retired law-enforcement officer who meets the firearms training standards for active law-enforcement officers, the local school board grants him the authority to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties, and he is not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a school security officer authorized to carry a firearm to do so on school property. Such an officer is a retired police officer and the local school board has given him authority to carry a firearm.
01/19/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16104073D
01/19/16  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/03/16  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/08/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 2-N)
02/10/16  House: Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N)
02/11/16  House: Read first time
02/12/16  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/15/16  House: Read third time and passed House (66-Y 33-N)
02/15/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 33-N)
02/16/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (9-Y 6-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/29/16  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/29/16  Senate: Pending question ordered (31-Y 6-N 1-A)
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (24-Y 14-N)
03/01/16  House: Placed on Calendar
03/02/16  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (66-Y 32-N)
03/02/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (66-Y 32-N)
03/03/16  House: Enrolled
03/03/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1234ER)
03/03/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/06/16  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/20/16  House: Placed on Calendar
04/20/16  House: Pending question ordered
04/20/16  House: House sustained Governor's veto (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: Requires 67 afirmative votes to override Governor's veto




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HB560       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          

Brandishing a firearm; intent; penalty. Requires that a person pointing, holding, or brandishing a firearm or similar weapons must have the intent to induce fear in the mind of another or know or reasonably should know that his conduct would induce such fear in order to be convicted of the crime of brandishing. Currently, the perpetrator's intent is not an element of the offense in the statute.

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VCDL Comments
This bill fixes an issue in the brandishing law, making sure that intent is considered. A person must have the intent to induce fear in the mind of another or reasonably should know his actions will do so. This protects gun owners from being charged with brandishing when there is no intended or actual threat to anyone.
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100402D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/20/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 3-N)
02/03/16  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 7-N)
02/05/16  House: Read first time
02/08/16  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/09/16  House: Read third time and passed House (68-Y 32-N)
02/09/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 32-N)
02/10/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 17-N)
03/02/16  House: Enrolled
03/02/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB560ER)
03/02/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/05/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/07/16  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/20/16  House: Placed on Calendar
04/20/16  House: House sustained Governor's veto (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: Requires 67 afirmative votes to override Governor's veto




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HB766       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders. Authorizes any person 21 years of age or older who is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm and is protected by an unexpired protective order to carry a concealed handgun for

VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a protective order will act as a concealed handgun permit while in effect. The person must be at least 21 years old and be able to purchase, possess, and transport a firearm legally. This bill will actually make a person with a protective order safer.

01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100429D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (16-Y 6-N)
02/01/16  House: Read first time
02/02/16  House: Read second time
02/02/16  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/16  House: Pending question ordered
02/02/16  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB766E
02/02/16  House: Printed as engrossed 16100429D-E
02/03/16  House: Read third time and passed House (68-Y 29-N)
02/03/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 29-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N)
02/19/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Read third time
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate (31-Y 9-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate (31-Y 9-N)
02/24/16  House: Enrolled
02/24/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB766ER)
02/24/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/27/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/29/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/29/16
02/29/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 7, 2016
03/07/16  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/07/16  House: Governor's substitute printed 16106072D-H1
03/09/16  House: Passed by for the day
03/10/16  House: Passed by for the day
03/11/16  House: Pending question ordered
03/11/16  House: House rejected Governor's recommendation (28-Y 71-N)
03/11/16  House: VOTE: REJECTED (28-Y 71-N)
03/11/16  House: Passed in enrolled form (66-Y 33-N)
03/11/16  House: VOTE: ENROLLED FORM (66-Y 33-N)
03/11/16  Senate: Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (21-Y 19-N)
03/11/16  Senate: Requires 2/3 affirmative votes of members voting to pass in enrolled form
03/25/16  House: Communicated to Governor
04/07/16  Governor: Vetoed by Governor




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HB810       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          

Transfer of assault weapon; proof of citizenship. Makes consistent the type of identification and other documentation that a purchaser of a firearm must present when purchasing any type of firearm from a licensed dealer by removing the additional requirement for the purchase of an assault weapon that a person who purchases such a weapon must present proof of citizenship. The bill does not alter the provisions prohibiting the sale of assault firearms to noncitizens or persons who have not been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the requirement for a proof of citizenship when purchasing an "assault firearm." This removes an unusual requirement that has caught many gun owners by surpise when trying to purchase such a firearm. Federal law does not require any such proof.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100103D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
02/01/16  House: Read first time
02/02/16  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/03/16  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/02/16  House: Enrolled
03/02/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB810ER)
03/02/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/05/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/04/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 697 (effective 7/1/16)
04/04/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0697)




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SB608       Patron: Bryce E. Reeves  -  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 such information be

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. It also updates the proceedures for police to follow with recovered firearms.

01/13/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16103595D
01/13/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/25/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16  House: Read first time
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  House: Read second time
02/23/16  House: Read third time
02/23/16  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/23/16  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/24/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB608ER)
02/24/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/25/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 214 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0214)




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SB626       Patron: Jill Holtzman Vogel  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders. Authorizes any person 21 years of age or older who is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm and is protected by an unexpired protective order to carry a concealed handgun for

VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a protective order will act as a concealed handgun permit while in effect. The person must be at least 21 years old and be able to purchase, possess, and transport a firearm legally. This bill will actually make a person with a protective order safer.

01/15/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104069D
01/15/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/09/16  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/09/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 8-N)
02/11/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16  House: Read first time
02/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (16-Y 6-N)
02/22/16  House: Read second time
02/23/16  House: Read third time
02/23/16  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/23/16  House: Pending question ordered
02/23/16  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/23/16  House: Passed House with amendment (69-Y 31-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 31-N)
02/25/16  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (34-Y 6-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/26/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB626ER)
02/26/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/29/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/01/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/1/16
03/01/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 8, 2016
03/07/16  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/07/16  Senate: Governor's substitute printed 16106081D-S1
03/09/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
03/10/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
03/11/16  Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (11-Y 29-N)
03/11/16  Senate: Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (21-Y 19-N)
03/11/16  Senate: Requires 2/3 affirmative votes of members voting to pass in enrolled form
03/21/16  Senate: Communicated to Governor
04/07/16  Governor: Vetoed by Governor




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HB1087       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons                                          

Violation of protective order; firearm or other deadly weapon; penalty. Provides that any person who violates a protective order with which he has been served while knowingly armed with a firearm or other deadly weapon is guilty of a Class 6 felony. This bill is identical to SB 323.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a felony penalty for a person violating a protection order while armed with a firearm or other deadly weapons. It is currently unlawful to transport a firearm while under a protection order, so this bill is adding an increased penalty for doing so while in violation of the protection order itself.
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16104094D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/05/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/08/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/10/16  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/10/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104234D-H1
02/12/16  House: Read first time
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/15/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104234D-H1
02/15/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1087H1
02/16/16  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105815D-S1
02/24/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
03/02/16  Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
03/03/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/16  Senate: Read third time
03/03/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
03/03/16  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105815D-S1
03/03/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1087S1
03/03/16  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/16  House: Placed on Calendar
03/07/16  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 16105815D-S1 (95-Y 0-N)
03/07/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N)
03/08/16  House: Enrolled
03/08/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1087ER)
03/08/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/11/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/29/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 585 (effective 7/1/16)
03/29/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0585)
HB332       Patron: Jackson H. Miller  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt. Provides that a judge or justice of the Commonwealth may carry a concealed handgun throughout the Commonwealth without a permit. This bill is identical to SB 544.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a judge to carry a concealed handgun without a concealed handgun permit anywhere he may go in the state. This is the government giving itself special perks again, while denying those same rights to the citizens of the Commonwealth. There's no reason a judge can't get a concealed handgun permit just like everyone else. And as far as carrying anywhere he goes, we need to apply that wording to anyone who has a concealed handgun permit. That fixes it for judges and for Virginia's 400,000 permit holders. Our lives are equally valuable.
01/05/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102596D
01/05/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/05/16  House: Introduced bill reprinted 16102596D
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (21-Y 1-N)
01/29/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104517D-H1
02/01/16  House: Read first time
02/02/16  House: Read second time
02/02/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104517D-H1
02/02/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB332H1
02/03/16  House: Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/17/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105557D-S1
02/19/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Read third time
02/22/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/22/16  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105557D-S1
02/22/16  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/22/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB332S1
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (34-Y 6-N)
02/23/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/24/16  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 16105557D-S1 (93-Y 5-N)
02/24/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 5-N)
02/24/16  House: Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/24/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/25/16  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 16105557D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
02/25/16  House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 1-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
03/01/16  House: House acceded to request
03/02/16  House: Conferees appointed by House
03/02/16  House: Delegates: Miller, Cline, Tyler
03/02/16  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
03/02/16  Senate: Senators: Newman, Deeds, Carrico
03/09/16  Conference: Amended by conference committee
03/09/16  House: Conference substitute printed 16106296D-H2
03/10/16  House: Conference report agreed to by House (69-Y 28-N)
03/10/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (69-Y 28-N)
03/11/16  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 3-N)
03/25/16  House: Enrolled
03/25/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB332ER)
03/25/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/28/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/28/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/28/16
03/28/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 672 (effective 7/1/16)
04/01/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0672)
SB198       Patron: L. Louise Lucas  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying concealed weapons; exceptions. Adds any employee with internal investigations authority designated by the Department of Corrections pursuant to subdivision 11 of § 53.1-10 of the Code of Virginia retired from the Department of Corrections to listed individuals who may carry a concealed handgun, provided that he carries written proof of the need to carry.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows retired internal investigators for the Department of Corrections to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100642D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/04/16  Senate: Introduced bill reprinted 16100642D
01/20/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/25/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16  House: Read first time
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  House: Read second time
02/23/16  House: Read third time
02/23/16  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/23/16  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/24/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB198ER)
02/24/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/25/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 209 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0209)
 
Bills That Have Been Rolled Into Other Bills, Continued to Next Year, Withdrawn or Killed

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB83       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Federal firearms laws; enforcement. Provides that agencies and political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, and employees thereof, shall not knowingly aid any employee or entity of the federal government (i) in the enforcement of federal firearms laws that take effect on or after December 1, 2015, or (ii) in the conduct or enforcement of a criminal background check related to any intrastate sale, loan, gift, or other transfer of a firearm between citizens of the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill prevents anyone working for the Commonwealth or its localities from aiding the federal government in enforcing any federal gun control laws passed after December 1, 2015. This is constitutional and courts have ruled that the federal government cannot coerce a state into enforcing federal laws. This bill keeps Virginia from helping the federal government enforce any unconstitutional gun laws, including registration and confiscation.
12/10/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101799D
12/10/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/16  House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
01/15/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/16  House: Left in Appropriations
HB804       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Reporting lost or stolen firearms; penalty. Requires a person who lawfully possesses a firearm to report the loss or theft of the firearm to any local law-enforcement agency or the Department of State Police within 14 days of when the loss or theft was discovered. The bill requires the relevant law-enforcement agency to enter the report information in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). A violation is punishable by a $50 civil penalty for a first offense and a civil penalty of not less than $100 or more than $250 for any subsequent offense. The bill provides that a person who, in good faith, reports the loss or theft will be immune from criminal or civil liability for acts or omissions that result from such loss or theft and the immunity does not apply to a person who makes a false report. The bill does not apply to the loss or theft of an antique firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides immunity from civil or criminal liability for a lost or stolen firearm, if the owner reports the firearm lost or stolen within 14 days of when the person discovers or is informed of the loss or theft. NOTE: If this bill retains any penalty, including a civil penalty, for not reporting the loss or theft, this bill would be STRONGLY OPPOSED.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100561D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/20/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB49       Patron: Mark L. Cole  -  all patrons

Right to keep and bear arms. Codifies the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), that the right to keep and bear arms conferred by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Virginia is an individual right.



VCDL Comments
This bill codifies that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right.
11/25/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101001D
11/25/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
02/08/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/10/16  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
HB768       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons

Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services may distribute funds from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund to reimburse an entity that offers a firearms safety or training course or class approved by the Department free of charge to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, and family abuse. The bill also requires that, upon the issuance of a protective order, the petitioner for the order be provided with a list of such approved courses or classes.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that DCJS will provide funding to entities that offer free firearms safety or training courses approved by DCJS to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, and family abuse. This bill will actually make victims safer.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100430D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/29/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 3-N)
01/29/16  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/16  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 7-N)
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/16  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/11/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/12/16  House: Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 1-N)
02/13/16  House: Read first time
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/15/16  House: Speaker ruled Amendments by Delegate Simon not germane
02/15/16  House: Engrossed by House
02/16/16  House: Read third time and passed House (78-Y 21-N)
02/16/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 21-N)
02/17/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
03/02/16  Senate: Continued to 2017 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
SB699       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons

Out-of-state concealed handgun permits; photo

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. It also requires the Virginia State Police to enter into reciprocal agreements, where such an agreement is required by the other state. By honoring all other states, Virginia permits will be honored in more states, including Georgia, New Hampshire, and Colorado. Eighteen other states already honor all permits, some doing so for over a decade.

01/21/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16103493D
01/21/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB610-Reeves) (14-Y 0-N)
HB563       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Disposition of firearms; licensed dealer right of action. Provides a right of action to licensed dealers against a locality that fails to offer a firearm for sale prior to destroying the firearm. The bill provides that such a dealer may be entitled to reasonable costs and attorney fees.



VCDL Comments
This bill gives a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) standing for a court challenge if a local government unlawfully destroys firearms from a gun buy-up. Current law doesn’t allow legal standing for the FFL. This is important in making sure that localities are compliant with this law. Currently Fredericksburg is doing buy-ups and unlawfully destroying the firearms.
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101026D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/27/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB677       Patron: Amanda F. Chase  -  all patrons

Fees for concealed handgun permits. Makes the $10 fee that the clerk of court is now required to charge for processing a concealed handgun permit application or issuing a concealed handgun permit discretionary with the clerk.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes requirement that a circuit court clerk charge a $10 fee for processing a concealed handgun permit and makes it optional.
01/20/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16103871D
01/20/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/10/16  Senate: Reported from Finance (10-Y 5-N)
02/11/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/12/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/12/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/15/16  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/15/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 8-N)
02/17/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16  House: Read first time
02/17/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/16  House: Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/29/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
03/08/16  House: Left in Appropriations
SB616       Patron: Amanda F. Chase  -  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 his permit or license and 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. This bill was incorporated into SB 610.



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. Eighteen other states already honor all permits, some doing so for over a decade. SB 610 and HB 1163 are superior versions of this bill.
01/13/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16103437D
01/13/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB610-Reeves) (15-Y 0-N)
SB610       Patron: Bryce E. Reeves  -  all patrons

Recognition of out-of-state concealed handgun permits; photo identification. Provides that the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if (i) the other state has a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state, if available; (ii) the person carries a government-issued photo identification and displays it upon demand of a law-enforcement officer; and (iii) the person has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked. The bill requires the Superintendent of State Police (Superintendent) to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with other states that require an agreement to be in place before the state will recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state. The bill provides that if the Superintendent determines that another state requires the Attorney General to execute or formally approve such agreement, the Attorney General will execute or approve such agreement within 30 days of written notification by the Superintendent that the Attorney General is required to execute or approve such agreement. Current law recognizes concealed handgun permits issued by states that (a) provide a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state and (b) have requirements and qualifications that are adequate to prevent possession of a permit by persons who would be denied a permit in Virginia. In addition, the bill requires the Superintendent, within 60 days of the effective date of the bill, to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition of concealed handgun permits or licenses with other states where agreements were in existence on December 1, 2015. The bill incorporates SB 616, SB 699, and SB 764 and is identical to HB 1163.


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. It also requires the Attorney General to enter into reciprocal agreements, where such an agreement is required by the other state. By honoring all other states, Virginia permits will be honored in more states, including Georgia, New Hampshire, and Colorado. Eighteen other states already honor all permits, some doing so for over a decade.

01/13/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16103528D
01/13/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16104859D-S1
01/27/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 3-N)
01/27/16  Senate: Incorporates SB616
01/27/16  Senate: Incorporates SB699
01/27/16  Senate: Incorporates SB764
01/29/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
02/01/16  Senate: Read second time
02/01/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/01/16  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16104859D-S1
02/01/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/02/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/03/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/04/16  Senate: Read second time
02/04/16  Senate: Committee substitute reconsidered (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Committee substitute rejected 16104859D-S1
02/04/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/16  Senate: Floor substitute printed to Web only 16105235D-S2 (Reeves)
02/04/16  Senate: Substitute #1 by Senator Reeves withdrawn 16105235D-S2
02/04/16  Senate: Floor substitute printed 16105199D-S3 (Reeves)
02/04/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/16  Senate: Substitute #2 by Senator Reeves agreed to 16105199D-S3
02/04/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB610S3
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)
02/08/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/08/16  House: Read first time
02/08/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/16  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
02/10/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 6-N)
02/12/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105457D-H1
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/16/16  House: Passed by until Friday, February 19, 2016
02/17/16  House: Motion to reconsider pass by until Friday, February 19, 2016 agreed to
02/17/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/18/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/19/16  House: Read third time
02/19/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105457D-H1
02/19/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB610H1
02/19/16  House: Passed House with substitute (69-Y 29-N)
02/19/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 29-N)
02/22/16  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (29-Y 10-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (36-Y 4-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Title replaced 16105457D-H1
02/22/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/22/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB610ER)
02/22/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/26/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 46 (effective 7/1/16)
02/26/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0046)
HB119       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons

Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard. Allows a member of the Virginia National Guard to possess a concealed handgun at National Guard facilities and facilities under contract with the National Guard if such member has a valid concealed handgun permit. This bill was incorporated into HB 90.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes members of the Virginia National Guard who have concealed handgun permits to carry on Virginia National Guard facilities and privately owned facilities under the control of the Virginia National Guard. Our military members need the ability to defend themselves at all times, especially with the ongoing and very real threats from terrorist groups.
12/16/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100232D
12/16/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB90-Taylor) by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Incorporated by Militia, Police and Public Safety (HB90-Taylor) by voice vote
HB12       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 his permit or license and 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. This bill was incorporated into HB 1163.  



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. Eighteen other states already honor all permits, some doing so for over a decade.
11/16/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100360D
11/16/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1163-Webert) by voice vote
02/05/16  House: Incorporated by Militia, Police and Public Safety (HB1163-Webert) by voice vote
HB1201       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity. Provides that the Superintendent of State Police shall continue to recognize any valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state where such state's permit or license was, as of November 1, 2015, recognized by the Superintendent of State Police as authorizing the holder of such permit or license to carry a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth. The bill also requires the Superintendent to attempt to reestablish reciprocal recognition of concealed handgun permits with any state where reciprocity may have been lost and report on his efforts to the Clerks of the House and Senate.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that out-of-state CHPs that were recognized as of November 1, 2015, continue to be recognized. SB 610 and HB 1163 are superior versions of this bill.
01/16/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16104014D
01/16/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1210       Patron: Eileen Filler-Corn  -  all patrons

Sales tax exemption; gun safes. Establishes an exemption from retail sales tax for the purchase of a gun safe with a selling price of $1,000 or less. The bill defines a gun safe as a safe or vault that is (i) commercially available, (ii) secured with a digital or dial combination locking mechanism or biometric locking mechanism, and (iii) designed for the storage of a firearm or for ammunition for use in a firearm. Under the bill a gun safe does not include a glass-faced cabinet.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes sales tax from metal gun safes that sell for $1,000 or less. This encourages citizens to purchase a gun safe, including those with quick-opening biometric systems.
01/18/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16103935D
01/18/16  House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/09/16  House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/10/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
02/15/16  House: Continued to 2017 in Finance by voice vote
HB1217       Patron: Scott W. Taylor  -  all patrons

Local law enforcement and State Police; enforcement of executive actions or orders. Prohibits local law enforcement or the Department of State Police from cooperating with a federal agency through the furnishing of police services for the purpose of enforcing an executive action or order related to firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof that has not been made law by an act of Congress.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits state or local government employees from assisting the federal government in enforcing any federal regulation that was not made law by an act of Congress. HB 83 is a superior bill for gun owners in that it also covers acts of Congress on gun control after 12/1/2015.
01/18/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16103626D
01/18/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/16  House: Left in Appropriations
HB132       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Risk management plan; coverage for injury or death on state property; concealed handgun prohibition. Provides that the risk management plan established by the Division of Risk Management shall include coverage for any claim made by or on behalf of a person possessing a valid concealed handgun permit who is injured or killed upon any buildings, grounds, or properties owned or leased by the Commonwealth as a result of the criminal act of a third party if the carrying of a concealed handgun on such buildings, grounds, or properties was prohibited by regulation. The bill also provides that, in addition to providing for the actual damages arising from the person's injury or death, the coverage shall include an additional amount of $350,000.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that the Commonwealth must provide coverage for any claim up to $350,000 on behalf of a concealed handgun permit holder who is killed or injured by an illegal act of a third party while in buildings, grounds or properties owned or leased by the Commonwealth and where carrying of a concealed handgun is prohibited by regulation. If a person is not allowed to protect themselves, then the Commonwealth should take on the responsibility and liability of providing such protection.
12/18/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103205D
12/18/15  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/16  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/11/16  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 3-N)
02/16/16  House: Left in General Laws
HB133       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Risk management plan; coverage for injury or death on college property; concealed handgun prohibition. Provides that the risk management plan established by the Division of Risk Management shall include coverage for any claim made by or on behalf of a person possessing a valid concealed handgun permit who is injured or killed upon any buildings, grounds,or properties owned or leased by a public institution of higher education as a result of the criminal act of a third party if the carrying of a concealed handgun on such buildings, grounds, or properties was prohibited by regulation. The bill also provides that, in addition to providing for the actual damages arising from the person's injury or death, the coverage shall include an additional amount of $350,000.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a public institution of higher education must provide coverage for any claim up to $350,000 on behalf of a concealed handgun permit holder who is killed or injured by an illegal act of a third party while in buildings, grounds or properties owned or leased by the public institution of higher education and where carrying of a concealed handgun is prohibited by regulation adopted by the institution. If a person is not allowed to protect themselves, then the institution should take on the responsibility and liability of providing such protection.
12/18/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103206D
12/18/15  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/16  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/16/16  House: Left in General Laws
HB443       Patron: Jeffrey L. Campbell  -  all patrons

Carrying a concealed handgun; exception. Allows any person who regardless of having met the demonstration of competence requirement is otherwise qualified to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a handgun concealed in any place where such person could openly carry a handgun.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person who would qualify to get a Virginia concealed handgun permit to be able to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere that person could lawfully openly carry a handgun. This is referred to as "Constitutional Carry," which Virginia currently has only for openly carried handguns. Currently seven other states have Constitutional Carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, and Wyoming.
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103804D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/16  House: Introduced bill reprinted 16103804D
02/04/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
02/08/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/10/16  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
HB433       Patron: Ronald A. Villanueva  -  all patrons

Revocation of concealed handgun permit; alcohol or illegal drugs. Makes optional, and conditioned on a determination that the violation demonstrates a reckless disregard for safety, the court's revocation of a person's concealed handgun permit upon conviction of carrying a handgun in a public place while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Under current law, revocation of such convicted person's permit is mandatory. The bill provides that only if such convicted person's permit is revoked by the court is the convicted person ineligible to apply for a concealed handgun permit for five years.



VCDL Comments
This bill gives a judge discretion on revoking a concealed handgun permit from a permit holder who was arrested for intoxication. If the judge does not feel the person was showing a reckless disregard for safety, then he does not have to revoke the permit. For example, if a concealed handgun permit holder is intoxicated and decides to sleep it off in a parked automobile and the permit holder is arrested because there was an otherwise lawfully concealed handgun in the vehicle, the judge may well decide the permit holder was in no way acting with a reckless disregard for safety. Under current law the permit has to be revoked, even if the permit holder was clearly not being reckless.
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102996D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/29/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1338       Patron: C. Matthew Fariss  -  all patrons

Law-enforcement officers providing personal security for

VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits the Governor’s security team from carrying firearms in Virginia state agencies or from carrying in states with concealed handgun permits that Virginia honored before February 1, 2016, but not after that date.

01/21/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16104120D
01/21/16  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/16/16  House: Left in Rules
SB48       Patron: Richard H. Black  -  all patrons

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



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person who would qualify to get a Virginia concealed handgun permit to be able to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere that person could lawfully openly carry a handgun. This is referred to as "Constitutional Carry," which Virginia currently has only for openly carried handguns. Currently seven other states have Constitutional Carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, and Wyoming.
12/15/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101905D
12/15/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/15/15  Senate: Introduced bill reprinted 16101905D
01/20/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (7-Y 5-N)
01/25/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/28/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/29/16  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/01/16  Senate: Read third time and defeated by Senate (20-Y 20-N)
02/01/16  Senate: Chair votes No
HB382       Patron: Hyland F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr.  -  all patrons

Control of firearms by state agencies; rights of employees. Prohibits state agencies other than the Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Virginia Port Authority and institutions of higher education from adopting any regulation or workplace rule preventing officers or employees of such agencies from storing a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle at their workplace unless the adoption of the regulation is expressly authorized by statute. The bill also provides that any such regulation or rule adopted prior to July 1, 2016, is invalid.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows state agency employees to store a firearm and ammunition in a locked motor vehicle in the agency's parking area. This matches what was done many years ago for employees of local government.
01/06/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100560D
01/06/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 7-N)
01/29/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104425D-H1
02/01/16  House: Read first time
02/02/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/03/16  House: Read second time
02/03/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104425D-H1
02/03/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB382H1
02/04/16  House: Read third time and passed House (65-Y 32-N)
02/04/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 32-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (5-Y 4-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/29/16  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/29/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (24-Y 14-N)
03/01/16  House: Placed on Calendar
03/02/16  House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (65-Y 34-N)
03/02/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (65-Y 34-N)
03/03/16  House: Enrolled
03/03/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB382ER)
03/03/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/23/16  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/20/16  House: Placed on Calendar
04/20/16  House: House sustained Governor's veto (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (66-Y 34-N)
04/20/16  House: Requires 67 afirmative votes to override Governor's veto
HB377       Patron: Nick Rush  -  all patrons

Criminal law; 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, ammunition for a firearm, or a stun weapon. The bill provides that prior to entry of a restoration order, the petitioner's fingerprints and petition shall be sent to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), which shall forward the petitioner's criminal history record information to the court, which shall inform the attorney for the Commonwealth that the criminal history record information is available for review. If the order is issued, the Department of State Police shall enter the petitioner's name and description in the CCRE so that law-enforcement personnel accessing the CCRE will be aware of the order's existence.



VCDL Comments
This bill improves the mechanism for firearms rights restoration.
01/06/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100973D
01/06/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/01/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/01/16  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/16  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104972D-H1
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/16  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/11/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/18/16  House: Left in Appropriations
SB175       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 in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia for the carrying of concealed handguns.



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 harass Virginia concealed handgun permit holders.
12/31/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100885D
12/31/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 5-N)
01/25/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)
02/03/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16  House: Read first time
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/26/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
03/04/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB273       Patron: Dave A. LaRock  -  all patrons

Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement. Allows Virginia residents to purchase a firearm by presenting only one photo-identification form issued by a governmental agency of the Commonwealth or by the U.S. Department of Defense that demonstrates that the prospective purchaser resides in Virginia. The bill provides that a member of the armed forces whose photo identification issued by the Department of Defense does not have a Virginia address may establish his Virginia residency with such photo identification and permanent orders assigning the purchaser to a duty post, including the Pentagon, in Virginia. Current law requires photo identification and another document that establishes residency, such as a lease or utility bill, and that includes an address that matches the photo identification.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the requirement for a second form of ID for purchasing a firearm from a dealer. The second form of ID is unique to Virginia and is not required by federal law. This requirement was put in place decades ago because Virginia drivers licenses used to be issued to people without any proof of legal presence in Virginia. Because legal proof of presence is now required to get a drivers license, there is no longer a need for the second form of ID. The bill also allows members of the armed forces to use their permanent duty papers as proof of residency for purchasing a firearm since their military ID does not have a Virginia address.
12/31/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103056D
12/31/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB206       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons

Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement. Allows Virginia residents to purchase a firearm by presenting only one photo-identification form issued by a governmental agency of the Commonwealth or by the U.S. Department of Defense that demonstrates that the prospective purchaser resides in Virginia. The bill provides that a member of the armed forces whose photo identification issued by the Department of Defense does not have a Virginia address may establish his Virginia residency with such photo identification and permanent orders assigning the purchaser to a duty post, including the Pentagon, in Virginia or his Leave and Earnings Statement. Current law requires photo identification and another document that establishes residency, such as a lease or utility bill, and that includes an address that matches the photo identification.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the requirement for a second form of ID for purchasing a firearm from a dealer. The second form of ID is a unique Virginia requirement that has been rendered unnecessary because of changes to how Virginia drivers licenses are now issued. The bill also allows members of the armed forces to use their permanent duty papers as proof of residency for purchasing a firearm since their military ID does not have a Virginia address.
12/28/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101061D
12/28/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/29/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104719D-H1
02/01/16  House: Read first time
02/02/16  House: Read second time
02/02/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104719D-H1
02/02/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB206H1
02/03/16  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/02/16  House: Enrolled
03/02/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB206ER)
03/02/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/05/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/08/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 727 (effective 7/1/16)
04/08/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0727)
HB593       Patron: Robert G. Marshall  -  all patrons

Department of General Services; regulation of firearms. Provides that, unless expressly authorized by statute, the Department of General Services shall not adopt or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy precluding the possession of a concealed handgun by a person with a valid concealed handgun permit. The bill likewise provides that no department, agency, or institution of the Commonwealth occupying property in the charge of the Department's Division of Engineering and Buildings shall adopt any similar prohibition. Finally, the bill invalidates the provisions of Executive Order 50, which prohibits the carrying of firearms in buildings occupied by executive branch agencies, and any regulations adopted to implement Executive Order 50. This bill was incorporated into HB 1096.



VCDL Comments
This bill clarifies that neither the Department of General Services nor any other department, agency, or institution of the Commonwealth can control the carry of a concealed handgun by any lawful concealed handgun permit holder unless given specific statuatory authority by the General Assembly. This nullifies Governor McAuliffe's overreach on a recent gun ban in state agencies.
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103505D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1096-Webert) by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Incorporated by Militia, Police and Public Safety (HB1096-Webert) by voice vote
HB260       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 evidence shows that the applicant is prohibited by law from receiving the firearm, the court shall order the chief law-enforcement officer to issue the certification within five business days.



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) within 60 days, 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.
12/31/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103106D
12/31/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
SB301       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  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 eight 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. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns and puts an unreasonable burden on the gun show promoter to identify all private sellers before the show even begins. The result will be to make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia. Gun shows bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. 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. Finally, 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."

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100804D
01/08/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB220-McEachin) (14-Y 0-N)
SB694       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Shooting in or across road or in street. Provides that a person who possesses a loaded firearm, crossbow, or bow and arrow for the purpose of hunting in any road or street of a city or town is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits loaded firearms for hunting on a road or street.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/21/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104632D
01/21/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/16  Senate: Introduced bill reprinted 16104632D
01/27/16  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
SB411       Patron: George L. Barker  -  all patrons

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which an attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may 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 such warrant, the bill requires a court hearing within 14 days from execution of the warrant to determine whether the firearms should be returned or retained by law enforcement. Seized firearms may be retained by court order 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 to remove firearms or who are the subject of an order to retain firearms 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. The bill also provides that a person who transfers a firearm to a person whom he knows has been served with a warrant or who is the subject of an order is guilty of a Class 6 felony.



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," and would be completely ex-parte. The warrant is used to confiscate all firearms from the person named in the warrant and such firearms can be kept from 14 days up to 180 days. It also disqualifies the person from having a concealed handgun permit. 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. Gun confiscation schemes similar to this are being used in California.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102465D
01/12/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)
SB430       Patron: Richard L. Saslaw  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; Terrorist Screening Database. Requires a check of the Terrorist Screening Database prior to purchasing a firearm from a dealer. The State Police will be required to consult with the Terrorist Screening Center to determine if a potential firearms purchaser is in the Database. A person whose name is in the Database will be disqualified from purchasing a firearm. A second enactment clause provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the policies and procedures set out in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that when purchasing a gun through a gun dealer the purchaser must be screened using the federal Terrorist Screening Database. A person's name is put in that database without any due process and many times names are in the database erroneously, so it should not be used to screen firearm purchasers.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103243D
01/12/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
HB1025       Patron: Mark D. Sickles  -  all patrons

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which an attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may 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 such warrant, the bill requires a court hearing within 14 days from execution of the warrant to determine whether the firearms should be returned or retained by law enforcement. Seized firearms may be retained by court order 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 to remove firearms or who are the subject of an order to retain firearms 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. The bill also provides that a person who transfers a firearm to a person whom he knows has been served with a warrant or who is the subject of an order is guilty of a Class 6 felony.



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. Gun confiscation schemes similar to this are being used in California.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101555D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB423       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Possession of firearms in school zone; penalty. Provides, with certain exceptions, that an individual who knowingly possesses any firearm while such person is in a school zone, defined by the bill as the area within a distance of 1,000 feet from a school, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. An individual is permitted to possess a firearm in a school zone if (i) he is on private property, (ii) he possesses a valid concealed handgun permit, (iii) the firearm is unloaded and is in either a closed container or a locked firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle, (iv) he possesses a firearm as part of the school's curriculum or activities or as part of a school-sponsored or school-authorized program, (v) he possesses such firearm in accordance with a contract with the school, or (vi) he is a law-enforcement officer or armed security officer hired by a private or religious school.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a 1,000 foot zone around any public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high school, including buildings and grounds where possession of a firearm is prohibited by anyone except police and concealed handgun permit holders, if the permit holders carry their handgun concealed. This would basically prohibit anyone without a permit from carrying in a huge part of the state. There is no easy way for a person to know if they are within 1,000 feet of a school in all directions. It will also be impossible to enforce such a law generally.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100371D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1313       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Concealed handguns; protective orders; surrender of

VCDL Comments
This bill turns a protective order into a concealed handgun permit. But it also requires the confiscation of firearms by the police for the duration of the order.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/21/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16104419D
01/21/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB128       Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons

Possession of weapons in state legislative buildings; penalty. Prohibits the possession of weapons in legislative buildings. The bill provides that the Capitol Police shall conduct screenings of any person entering such building. The prohibition does not apply to law-enforcement officers.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the ability for a concealed handgun permit holder to carry in the General Assembly, the Capitol, or any buildings controlled by the legislature. Only police would be able to carry. Concealed handgun permit holders are the most law-abiding of any group of citizens. There have been zero problems with permit holders carrying at the Capitol. This bill is a solution where this no problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/17/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101438D
12/17/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB424       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Possession of firearms in school zone; regulation by locality. Authorizes a locality to adopt an ordinance prohibiting an individual from knowingly possessing any firearm while such person is in a school zone, which is defined as the area within a distance of 1,000 feet of a school. Such ordinance shall not apply to (i) an individual who is on private property, (ii) an individual who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit, (iii) a firearm that is unloaded and is either in a closed contained or a locked firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle, (iv) an individual who possesses a firearm as part of the school's curriculum or activities or as part of a school-sponsored or school-authorized program, (v) an individual who possesses such firearm in accordance with a contract with the school, or (vi) a law-enforcement officer or armed security officer hired by a private or religious school. The penalty for an offense set forth in such ordinance shall not exceed a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a locality, by ordinance, to create a 1,000 foot zone around any public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high school, including buildings and grounds where possession of a firearm is prohibited by anyone except police and concealed handgun permit holders, if the permit holders carry their handgun concealed. This would basically prohibit anyone without a permit from carrying in a huge part of the state. There is no easy way for a person to know if they are within 1,000 feet of a school in all directions. It will also be impossible to enforce such a law generally.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100372D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB187       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; permit required. Requires the Department of State Police to establish procedures for issuing firearms transfer permits and provides that a person, other than a licensed dealer, who willfully and intentionally transfers a firearm to a person without a permit is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a gun owner registation scheme for those who wish to buy guns in a private transaction by requiring the purchaser to have a Firearms Transfer Permit. The State Police can take as long as they want to issue such a permit and the permit applicant will have to wait for however long it takes to get that permit. A person who does not have a permit and sees a gun they want to buy from a private seller will be out of luck. One cannot anticipate when such an event might happen. Currently a person can simply do a private sale without any kind of delay or red tape. Criminals will simply not get a Firearms Transfer Permit and one is not needed when stealing a gun or purchasing a gun off the black market.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103058D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
HB425       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Sale, purchase, possession, and transport of firearms; Terrorist Screening Database. Prohibits a person who knows or has reason to know that he is in the federal Terrorist Screening Database of the Terrorist Screening Center administered by the FBI (the Database) from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. The bill disqualifies any person in the Database from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The bill prohibits selling firearms to any person in the Database and requires dealers to obtain a Database check before transferring a firearm. The bill requires State Police to consult with the Terrorist Screening Center to determine if a potential firearm purchaser is in the Database. A second enactment clause provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the policies and procedures set out in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a person be screened using the federal Terrorist Screening Database when purchasing a firearm or when applying for a concealed handgun permit. A person’s name is put in that database without any due process and many times names are in the database erroneously, so it should not be used to screen firearm purchasers or to block an application for a concealed handgun permit.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101347D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB186       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  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 eliminates as proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun (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 greatly restricts the number of safety courses that satisfy the requirement for a concealed carry permit. It also makes it so that any proof of training expires after 5 years (the number of fingers on one hand). There have been no problems with the current training requirements for a concealed handgun permit, so restricting them and making them expire provides no benefits. It will also make it harder to find training, as their will be significantly less options available.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103063D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)
HB482       Patron: Kaye Kory  -  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 eight 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. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns and puts an unreasonable burden on the gun show promoter to identify all private sellers before the show even begins. The result will be to make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia. Gun shows bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. 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. Finally, 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.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101218D
01/08/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB422       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Firearms businesses; local regulation; proximity to schools. Authorizes any locality to adopt an ordinance regulating or prohibiting anyone from engaging in the business of selling firearms at retail, providing gunsmithing services, or operating a sports shooting range, within 1,000 feet of a school.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a locality to adopt an ordinance prohibiting a gun store to be within 1,000 feet of a school. Gun stores are mainstream, wholesome, highly regulated businesses, so it doesn't make any sense to keep them away from a school or any other location. We don't keep gas stations and convenience stores 1,000 feet from a school even though they sell alcohol.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101016D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB368       Patron: Glenn R. Davis  -  all patrons

Disposition of certain firearms acquired by localities. Provides that a locality is not required to offer for sale certain firearms that are surrendered to a locality accompanied by a signed request that the firearm be destroyed.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds an exception to the requirement that localities resell firearms obtained by a gun buy up. The exception is for a firearm accompanied by a signed request that the firearm be destroyed. The language is vague, allowing the request to come from anyone, such as a city council member, the organization providing the money for the buy-up, a gun-control organization, etc. This law is already being abused by the City of Fredericksburg and this will make the law rife for even more abuse.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/05/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102446D
01/05/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/29/16  House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/03/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB300       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Firearms; alcohol; penalties. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs to carry a loaded firearm on or about his person in a public place and that a person found guilty is ineligible to apply for a concealed handgun permit for a period of five years. The bill also creates a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person who carries a loaded firearm on or about his person onto the premises of any restaurant or club licensed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption and consumes an alcoholic beverage while on the premises.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to carry a loaded firearm openly or concealed, on or about his person, in a public place and be intoxicated. It also makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor for merely drinking an alcoholic beverage in a restaurant or club while carrying a handgun, openly or concealed. A conviction disqualifies the person from getting a concealed handgun permit for five years. A restaurant can determine if they wish to serve someone openly carrying a handgun and current laws already deal with someone being intoxicated in public. This is a solution looking for a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100802D
01/08/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/16  Senate: Introduced bill reprinted 16100802D
01/27/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16104588D-S1
01/27/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 2-N)
01/27/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/10/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
HB599       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 eight 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. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns and puts an unreasonable burden on the gun show promoter to identify all private sellers before the show even begins. The result will be to make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia. Gun shows bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. 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. Finally, 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."

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102711D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB149       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; Terrorist Screening Database. Prohibits individuals who are on the federal Terrorist Screening Database from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The bill requires the State Police to consult with the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center to receive the Terrorist Screening Database report. A second enactment clause provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the policies and procedures set out in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires concealed handgun permit applicants be screened using the federal Terrorist Screening Database. A person's name is put in that database without any due process and many times names are in the database erroneously, so it should not be used to screen permit applicants.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/22/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101348D
12/22/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB632       Patron: John J. Bell  -  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 eight 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. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns and puts an unreasonable burden on the gun show promoter to identify all private sellers before the show even begins. The result will be to make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia. Gun shows bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. 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. Finally, 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."

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102629D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB658       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, punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor for a first or second offense and a Class 6 felony for a third or subsequent offense. Currently, such person is prohibited only 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 protective 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, nor should a constitutional right be taken away without due process.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101632D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB983       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 exceptions to the prohibition. The bill provides that a registrant is limited to three large capacity magazines and must otherwise dispose of all magazines in excess of the limit. The bill requires the Department of State Police to provide a means to register a large capacity magazine and, at the time of registration, to permanently mark such magazine for the purpose of identification and maintain records regarding such identification information. Finally, the bill provides that any large capacity magazine that is possessed in violation of law is subject to forfeiture to the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill bans magazines which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition. If a firearm only has magazines made for it that hold more than 20 rounds, then three such magazines acquired before July 1, 2016 can be kept if registered, but the rest must be given up or sold. Such registration may also require the magazine to be permanently marked and storage for the magazine must be made available for the State Police to inspect. Finally, the magazines could only be possessed in a few numerated places. This bill is one that only 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 their magazines every year. Under the Fifth Amendment, criminals would not have to register their magazines.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103949D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB982       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. It also lowers the age for supervised use of a firearm down to five-years-old. Determining the maturity of a child is not the job of government, but of the parents.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102481D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB981       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; proof of competence. Eliminates as proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun completing any firearms training or safety course or class, including an electronic, video, or online course, conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the provision that any firearms training or safety course or class offered by an NRA-certified instructor will suffice to get a concealed handgun permit. This would nonsensically mean that a superior course developed and offered by an NRA-certified instructor would not suffice, but a lesser standard-NRA course would suffice.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102822D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB716       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Firearm transfers; penalties. Creates a Class 3 misdemeanor for a person who is not a licensed dealer but who conducts business as a merchant of firearms to sell a firearm without a background check conducted by a federally licensed dealer.  The bill exempts transfers to family members, personal friends, by inheritance, by operation of law, or for a temporary purpose.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires someone who is not an FFL, but is in the business of selling firearms for valuable consideration, sell firearms through an FFL so a background check is done. This bill is probably unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment, as it would force someone to incriminate themselves as unlawfully being in the business of selling guns without a federal license to do so.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/21/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104607D
01/21/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)
HB980       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Transfer of handguns; permit required; penalties. Requires the Department of State Police to establish procedures for issuing handgun transfer permits and provides that a person who willfully and intentionally transfers a firearm to a person without a permit is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides exceptions to this requirement, including an exemption for dealers who obtain a background check. The bill provides that any person who displays a handgun transfer permit that has been revoked or suspended knowing that such permit has been revoked or suspended is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. 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 creates a gun owner registation scheme for those who wish to buy guns in a private transaction by requiring the purchaser to have a Firearms Transfer Permit. The State Police can take as long as they want to issue such a permit and the permit applicant will have to wait for however long it takes to get that permit. A person who does not have a permit and sees a gun they want to buy from a private seller will be out of luck. One cannot anticipate when such an event might happen. Currently a person can simply do a private sale without any kind of delay or red tape. Criminals will simply not get a Firearms Transfer Permit and one is not needed when stealing a gun or purchasing a gun off the black market.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102523D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1001       Patron: Mark H. Levine  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; Terrorist Screening Database. Requires a check of the Terrorist Screening Database (Database) prior to purchasing a firearm from a dealer. The bill requires the State Police to consult with the Terrorist Screening Center to determine if a potential firearms purchaser is in the Database. A person whose name is in the Database will be disqualified from purchasing a firearm. The bill provides that the Superintendent of State Police may, in consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, authorize a sale or transfer to a prospective buyer or transferee who is found to be in the Database if (i) said buyer or transferee is the subject of an active state or federal investigation, (ii) it is determined that denying the sale or transfer would compromise the integrity of such investigation, and (iii) such buyer or transferee is under surveillance by a state or federal law-enforcement agency. A second enactment clause provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the policies and procedures set out in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that when purchasing a gun through a gun dealer the purchaser must be screened using the federal Terrorist Screening Database. A person's name is put in that database without any due process and many times names are in the database erroneously, so it should not be used to screen firearm purchasers.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102685D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1000       Patron: Mark H. Levine  -  all patrons

Online firearm sale; criminal history record information check; penalties. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer that is arranged through a public Internet-based communication 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 the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill prohibits a person from placing any advertisement knowing the purpose of the advertisement is to sell or transfer a firearm through a public Internet-based communication and provides that placing such an advertisement is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers or sales between immediate family members.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits firearms sales over the internet unless a background check is done on the purchaser. This is already covered by federal law for all sales by firearms dealers and for any private sales that cross state lines. For a private sale between Virginia residents, background checks are not required in any venue. However someone knowingly selling to an individual who is prohibited from possessing firearms is already illegal.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101896D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB979       Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record check delay. Increases from the end of the next business day to within five business days the time in which State Police must advise a dealer if its records indicate that a firearms buyer or transferee is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm and the time after which a dealer may complete the sale or transfer without a response from the State Police The bill removes the option in current law that a dealer who is advised by the State Police that a response will not be available within the required timeframe may immediately complete the sale or transfer.



VCDL Comments
This bill increases the time that the Virginia State Police can drag their heels in completing a background check for a firearms purchase and delay that purchase from 1 business day to 5 business days.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101803D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB138       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Firearms retailers; local regulation; proximity to schools. Authorizes any locality to adopt an ordinance regulating or prohibiting anyone from engaging in the business of selling firearms at retail within 1,000 feet of a school.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a locality to adopt an ordinance prohibiting a gun store to be within 1,000 feet of a school. Gun stores are mainstream, wholesome, highly regulated businesses, so it doesn't make any sense to keep them away from a school or any other location. We don't keep gas stations and convenience stores 1,000 feet from a school even though they sell alcohol.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/29/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101542D
12/29/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N)
SB97       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer 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 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!
12/22/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103098D
12/22/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 3-N)
SB96       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  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, nor should a constitutional right be taken away without due process.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/22/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103094D
12/22/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB49-Howell) (14-Y 0-N)
SB95       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

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



VCDL Comments
This bill holds a person civilly liable for injury to a another, or damage to the property of another, or a wrongful death of another that is caused in the commission of a crime, if the person did not adequately secure a firearm from theft or unauthorized possession. This punishes the victim of the gun theft twice – once by his gun getting stolen and then by a civil suit. We do not punish a car owner if his car gets stolen and is then used in a crime. Also, there is no definition of what "adequately secured" means.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/22/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103093D
12/22/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
SB263       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons

Firearms; purchase by persons intending to commit act of terrorism; penalty. Provides that any person who, having the present intention to commit, conspire to commit, or aid and abet in the commission of an act of terrorism, purchases a firearm is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and any person who sells a firearm to a person who has expressed such an intention is guilty of a Class 4 felony. The bill provides that any such person shall also be disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The bill further provides that any person who is listed on the consolidated Terrorist Watchlist maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. A second enactment clause provides that the provisions related to the Terrorist Watchlist will not go into effect unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the policies and procedures set out in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires concealed handgun permit applicants be screened using the federal Terrorist Screening Database. A person’s name is put in that database without any due process and many times names are in the database erroneously, so it should not be used to screen permit applicants. The bill also sets up a poorly thought out process whereby selling a firearm for the purpose of terrorism is a felony, but buying a firearm for the purpose of terrorism is a misdemeanor.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/06/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102419D
01/06/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
SB185       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Public places; loaded firearms. Prohibits the carrying of certain loaded firearms in public places. Concealed handgun permit holders, law-enforcement officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, persons hunting, and persons at shooting ranges are exempt. The bill narrows the definition of a firearm and makes the prohibition, which previously applied only to certain localities, apply statewide.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits open carry of a loaded rifle or pistol by a non-concealed handgun permit holder. There have been no problems with people open carrying handguns or rifles in the Commonswealth. Criminals virtually always carry their guns concealed.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103083D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 2-N)
HB1106       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery or assault and battery where the victim is a family or household member from possessing or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.



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.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103877D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB302       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. It also lowers the age for supervised use of a firearm down to five-years-old. Determining the maturity of a child is not the job of government, but of the parents.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/08/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100713D
01/08/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
HB1109       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; application; disqualification. Adds family members who reside with or have resided with the applicant for a concealed handgun permit to the persons whose statements that the applicant is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others may be submitted to the court. Under current law sheriffs, police chiefs, and the attorney for the Commonwealth may submit such statements. If the court finds an individual disqualified for a concealed handgun permit based on such statements, the individual may not reapply for five years and must include with his application documentation as to why he is no longer likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a family member of a concealed handgun permit applicant to ask the court to deny the applicant. This is a solution in search of a problem. Allowing a vindictive spouse or family member to be able to interfere with an applicant getting a permit is simply a bad idea.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103944D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB546       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery or assault and battery where the victim is a family or household member from purchasing, possessing or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.



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.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103693D
01/13/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
SB520       Patron: Jeremy S. McPike  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in-person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law.



VCDL Comments
This bill eliminates the option for a person to get firearms safety training over the internet when applying for a concealed handgun permit. There have been no issues with concealed handgun permit holders due to training issues, so the bill is a solution looking for a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101822D
01/13/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 8-N)
HB1339       Patron: Marcia S. "Cia" Price  -  all patrons

Localities; regulation of firearms in government buildings.

VCDL Comments
This bill nullifies Virginia’s firearms preemption law for localities.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!

01/21/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16104047D
01/21/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
SB214       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; Terrorist Screening Database. Requires a check of the Terrorist Screening Database prior to purchasing a firearm from a dealer. The State Police will be required to consult with the Terrorist Screening Center to determine if a potential firearms purchaser is in the Database. A person whose name is in the Database will be disqualified from purchasing a firearm. A second enactment clause provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the policies and procedures set out in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that when purchasing a gun through a gun dealer the purchaser must be screened using the federal Terrorist Screening Database. A person's name is put in that database without any due process and many times names are in the database erroneously, so it should not be used to screen firearm purchasers.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/05/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101870D
01/05/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
SB156       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; application; disqualification. Adds family members who reside with the applicant for a concealed handgun permit to the persons whose statements that the applicant is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others may be submitted to the court. Under current law sheriffs, police chiefs, and the attorney for the Commonwealth may submit such statements. If the court finds an individual disqualified for a concealed handgun permit based on such statements the individual may not reapply for five years and must include with his application documentation as to why he is no longer likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a family member of a concealed handgun permit applicant to ask the court to deny the applicant. This is a solution in search of a problem. Allowing a vindictive spouse or family member to be able to interfere with an applicant getting a permit is simply a bad idea.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/29/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101399D
12/29/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
HB617       Patron: John J. Bell  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law.



VCDL Comments
This bill eliminates the option for a person to get firearms safety training over the internet when applying for a concealed handgun permit. There have been no issues with concealed handgun permit holders due to training issues, so the bill is a solution looking for a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/11/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102531D
01/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB184       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

Prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms magazines; penalties. Prohibits any person from selling, bartering, or transferring a firearms magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill prohibits a person from carrying semi-automatic center-fire firearms with more than 10 rounds of ammunition in a public place; under existing law this prohibition applies only in certain localities and only to such firearms if the firearm holds more than 20 rounds of ammunition. The bill redefines "assault firearm" in the Code section that prohibits noncitizens and persons not lawfully admitted for permanent residence from possessing assault firearms and in the Code section that prohibits dealers from transferring an assault firearm to such persons by reducing the number of rounds of ammunition that the magazine will hold from more than 20 to more than 10. Under current law a juvenile adjudicated delinquent of the unlawful use of a firearm loses his driving privileges for two years if the firearm is capable of holding 12 shotgun shells; the bill reduces that number to more than 10.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a magazine limitation of 10 rounds for open carriers who do not have a concealed carry permit and applies anywhere in the Commonwealth. It also redefines the magazine size of an "assault weapon" to more than 10 rounds from more than 20 rounds under current law. 10 is an arbitrary number that was probably chosen because that’s how many fingers we have on our hands. This will only restrict the law-abiding, as criminals will have no problem getting higher-capacity magazines.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103089D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 3-N)
SB220       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 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 private 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. Finally, this bill will also lead to an inevitable "Universal Registration" scheme at some point in the future to provide for enforcement. Firearms confiscation is the end goal, as is happening right now in California.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/05/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101955D
01/05/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
SB199       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 eight 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. This bill will unnecessarily raise the price of privately sold guns and puts an unreasonable burden on the gun show promoter to identify all private sellers before the show even begins. The result will be to make it much harder to hold a gun show in Virginia. Gun shows bring a lot of revenue to the Commonwealth. 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. Finally, 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."

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101940D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 9-N)
SB217       Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons

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



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a crime for someone to authorize a child six-years-old or younger to use a firearm or an air gun under any circumstances. It also lowers the age for supervised use of a firearm down to seven-years-old. Determining the maturity of a child is not the job of government, but of the parents.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/05/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103048D
01/05/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
HB761       Patron: Nicholas J. Freitas  -  all patrons

Possession of concealed handguns; females at public institutions of higher education. Prohibits public institutions of higher education from adopting or enforcing any rules prohibiting a female who possess a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit from carrying a concealed handgun on campus.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows female concealed handgun permit holders to carry at public colleges and universities. A good start as it protects the fairer sex, but leaves men vulnerable to attack.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103716D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
02/08/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/10/16  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
SB713       Patron: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.  -  all patrons

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Advisory Commission. Establishes the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Advisory Commission (the Commission) as a legislative commission. The Commission will review the laws of other states to determine whether the Commonwealth should recognize concealed handgun or concealed weapon permits in other states and will approve the entering into and rescinding of reciprocity agreements with other states. The bill provides that until December 31, 2016, the Superintendent of State Police shall recognize any valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state where such state's permit or license was, as of December 31, 2015, recognized by the Superintendent of State Police as authorizing the holder of such permit or license to carry a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that all states which had concealed carry reciprocity with Virginia as of December 31, 2015 will remain valid until December 31, 2016. During that interval, a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Advisory Commission will be created and will advise which states qualify for recognition. SB 610 is a superior bill in that it simply recognizes the concealed handgun permits of all other states.
01/21/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104347D
01/21/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 1-N)
01/27/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/17/16  Senate: Left in Finance
HB784       Patron: Les R. Adams  -  all patrons

Possession of firearms by persons adjudicated delinquent; military service exception. Provides that an individual who was adjudicated delinquent when 14 years of age or older of a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult and has completed a term of enlistment of no less than two years in the Armed Forces of the United States and, if such person has been discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, received an honorable discharge is not disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit and may possess or transport any firearm or ammunition for a firearm, any stun weapon, or any explosive material. Under current law, such an individual would be eligible to apply for a concealed handgun permit and to possess a firearm at age 29. The bill does not apply to individuals adjudicated delinquent of certain serious felonies.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a person who has honorably served in the military for at least one year, but had a conviction as a juvenile of a crime that would have been a felony for a adult, is not automatically disqualified from getting a concealed handgun permit.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100956D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104697D-H1
02/08/16  House: Read first time
02/09/16  House: Read second time
02/09/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104697D-H1
02/09/16  House: Amendment by Delegate Simon ruled not germane
02/09/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB784H1
02/10/16  House: Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/22/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Read third time
02/24/16  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/24/16  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/16  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/26/16  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  House: Enrolled
02/29/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB784ER)
02/29/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/03/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/04/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/4/16
03/04/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016
03/11/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 337 (effective 7/1/16)
03/11/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0337)
HB1386       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Firearms shows; voluntary background checks; penalties. Requires the Department of State Police to be available to perform background checks for non-dealer sales at firearms 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. This bill is identical to SB 715.



VCDL Comments
This bill permits the Virginia State Police to have a table at a gun show for private sellers to request a voluntary background check be done on a purchaser for a reasonable fee. If this is done, the seller receives certain immunities from liability.
01/22/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16100557D
01/22/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/05/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 2-N)
02/05/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105192D-H1
02/08/16  House: Read first time
02/09/16  House: Read second time
02/09/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105192D-H1
02/09/16  House: Amendment by Delegate Lingamfelter agreed to
02/09/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1386EH1
02/09/16  House: Printed as engrossed 16105192D-EH1
02/10/16  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
02/10/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N)
02/11/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Read third time
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N)
02/22/16  House: Enrolled
02/22/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1386ER)
02/22/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/26/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 45 (effective - see bill)
02/26/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0045)
HB48       Patron: Mark L. Cole  -  all patrons

Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt 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 found guilty of the crime authorizing the forfeiture, regardless of whether he has been sentenced. The bill provides that property may be forfeited even though no finding of guilt is made 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.



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.
11/25/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100574D
11/25/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 3-N)
02/10/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 3-N)
02/12/16  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 10-N)
02/12/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105392D-H1
02/13/16  House: Read first time
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/15/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105392D-H1
02/15/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB48H1
02/16/16  House: Read third time and defeated by House (47-Y 50-N)
02/16/16  House: VOTE: DEFEATED (47-Y 50-N)
HB79       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, but simply permitting all lawfully armed persons to carry at universities and colleges is a better way to protect those institutions, as has been successfully done at Liberty University and universities in Utah, Colorado, and a growing list of other states.
12/07/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100775D
12/07/15  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/16/16  House: Left in Education
HB840       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons

Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard. Allows a member of the Virginia National Guard to possess a concealed handgun at National Guard facilities and facilities under contract with the National Guard if such member has a valid concealed handgun permit. The bill also provides that the member's commanding officer may prohibit the member from possessing a concealed handgun while participating in any training or other exercises where the commanding officer reasonably determines that such possession would interfere with the conduct of such training or other exercises.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes members of the Virginia National Guard who have concealed handgun permits to be able to carry on Virginia National Guard facilities and privately owned facilities under the control of the Virginia National Guard. However, the commanding officer can prohibit the carry of concealed handguns during training or other exercises. HB 119 does not give the commanding officer the ability to mitigate self-defense, and HB 119 is therefore preferred over this bill.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100113D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/29/16  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB90       Patron: Scott W. Taylor  -  all patrons

Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard. Allows a member of the Virginia National Guard to possess a concealed handgun owned by him at National Guard facilities and facilities under contract with the National Guard if such member has a valid concealed handgun permit. The bill also provides that the member's commanding officer may prohibit the member from possessing a concealed handgun while participating in any training or other exercises where the commanding officer reasonably determines that (i) such possession would interfere with the conduct of such training or other exercises, (ii) such possession may result in mission impairment,  or (ii) the member is unfit to carry a handgun. This bill incorporates HB 119.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes members of the Virginia National Guard who have concealed handgun permits to be able to carry on Virginia National Guard facilities and privately owned facilities under the control of the Virginia National Guard. However, the commanding officer can prohibit the carry of concealed handguns during training or other exercises. HB 119 does not give the commanding officer the ability to mitigate self-defense, and HB 119 is therefore preferred over this bill.
12/11/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100115D
12/11/15  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (16-Y 6-N)
01/29/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16104825D-H1
01/29/16  House: Incorporates HB119
02/01/16  House: Read first time
02/02/16  House: Read second time
02/02/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16104825D-H1
02/02/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB90H1
02/03/16  House: Engrossment reconsidered by House
02/03/16  House: Amendment by Delegate Taylor agreed to
02/03/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB90EH1
02/03/16  House: Printed as engrossed 16104825D-EH1
02/04/16  House: Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (8-Y 0-N)
02/26/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Read third time
02/29/16  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/29/16  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/29/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/29/16  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N)
03/01/16  House: Placed on Calendar
03/02/16  House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/02/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
03/03/16  House: Enrolled
03/03/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB90ER)
03/03/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/16  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/20/16  House: Placed on Calendar
04/20/16  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
04/20/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
04/20/16  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/20/16  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/20/16  House: Reenrolled
04/20/16  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB90ER2)
04/20/16  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/20/16  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/20/16  House: Enacted, Chapter 740 (effective 7/1/16)
04/20/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0740)
HB1107       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit reciprocity; report. Provides that any agreement for reciprocal recognition of concealed handgun or concealed weapons permits or licenses that was valid as of December 1, 2015, shall be valid until June 1, 2017. The bill requires the Crime Commission to submit a report to the General Assembly by December 1, 2016, regarding the requirements and qualifications for receiving a concealed weapons permit in Virginia as compared to other states.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that all states which had concealed carry reciprocity with Virginia as of December 1, 2015 will remain valid until June 1, 2017. During that interval, the Crime Commission will provide a report to the General Assembly about how other states' concealed carry requirements compare to Virginia's concealed carry requirements. HB 12 is a superior bill in that it simply recognizes the concealed handgun permits of all other states.
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103763D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB715       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Firearms shows; voluntary background checks; penalties. Requires the Department of State Police to be available to perform background checks for non-dealer sales at firearms 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. This bill is identical to HB 1386.



VCDL Comments
This bill permits the Virginia State Police to have a table at a gun show for private sellers to request a voluntary background check be done on a purchaser for a reasonable fee. If this is done, the seller receives certain immunities from liability.
01/21/16  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104610D
01/21/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (12-Y 2-N)
01/27/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/03/16  Senate: Reported from Finance (11-Y 4-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Floor substitute printed 16105194D-S1 (Edwards)
02/05/16  Senate: Read second time
02/05/16  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/05/16  Senate: Committee amendment rejected
02/05/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/05/16  Senate: Substitute by Senator Edwards agreed to 16105194D-S1
02/05/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB715S1
02/05/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N)
02/11/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16  House: Read first time
02/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (20-Y 1-N)
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/16/16  House: Passed by until Friday, February 19, 2016
02/17/16  House: Motion to reconsider pass by until Friday, February 19, 2016 agreed to
02/17/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/18/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/19/16  House: Read third time
02/19/16  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/16  House: Engrossed by House
02/19/16  House: Passed House with amendment (95-Y 3-N)
02/19/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N)
02/22/16  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (34-Y 5-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/22/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB715ER)
02/22/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/26/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 44 (effective - see bill)
02/26/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0044)
SB178       Patron: Thomas A. Garrett  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity. Requires the General Assembly, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, to determine whether states meet the statutory qualifications for Virginia to recognize the concealed handgun permit of a person from another state. Under current law, this function is performed by the Superintendent of State Police in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General. The bill also requires the Superintendent of State Police to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with any state that qualifies.

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VCDL Comments
This bill gives the General Assembly control to determine which states' concealed handgun permit qualifies to have recognition by Virginia. The State Police shall then enter into an agreement for reciprocal recognition with those states which qualify. This bill needs to be fixed to say that State Police will enter into a reciprocal agreement IF POSSIBLE, as the other state may not wish to recognize Virginia. This bill is not as good as a bill like Delegate Ware's HB 12, which simply honors the permits of all other states.
01/04/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103420D
01/04/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 4-N)
02/10/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16104950D-S1
02/12/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/16  Senate: Read second time
02/15/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/15/16  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16104950D-S1
02/15/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB178S1
02/15/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/16  Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)
02/15/16  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/16  Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/17/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16  House: Read first time
02/17/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/26/16  House: Continued to 2017 in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB763       Patron: Nicholas J. Freitas  -  all patrons

Local law enforcement and State Police; enforcement of federal regulations. Prohibits local law enforcement or the Department of State Police from cooperating with a federal agency through the furnishing of police services for the purpose of enforcing a federal regulation that has not been made law by an act of Congress if the locality or the Department is conducting an active investigation of a violent crime.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits state or local government employees from assisting the federal government in enforcing any federal regulation that was not made law by an act of Congress. HB 83 is a superior bill for gun owners in that it also covers acts of Congress on gun control after 12/1/2015.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102273D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/16  House: Left in Appropriations
SB108       Patron: J. Chapman Petersen  -  all patrons

Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt 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 found guilty of the crime authorizing the forfeiture, regardless of whether he has been sentenced. The bill provides that property may be forfeited even though no finding of guilt is made 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.



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. 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.
12/28/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101412D
12/28/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 7-N)
02/01/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105009D-S1
02/01/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/17/16  Senate: Left in Finance
HB76       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 persons 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 a step in the right direction, but simply permitting all lawfully armed persons to carry in schools is a better way to protect those schools.
12/07/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100734D
12/07/15  House: Referred to Committee on Education
12/07/15  House: Introduced bill reprinted 16100734D
02/16/16  House: Left in Education
HB997       Patron: Mark H. Levine  -  all patrons

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third or subsequent violation. Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill reduces the criminal penalties for distribution and possession with intent to distribute, etc., marijuana. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use and provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a minor. The bill also limits forfeiture of property from the sale or distribution of marijuana to quantities of more than one pound; currently there is no minimum amount.

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VCDL Comments
This bill while increasing the amount of marijuana one can legally possess for personal use, disqualifies a person from getting a concealed handgun permit for three years or purchasing or transporting a handgun for possession of marijuana that is so minor that it is subject only to a civil penalty.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101890D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/25/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1074       Patron: Steve E. Heretick  -  all patrons

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession. Decriminalizes marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $250 for a first violation and $1,000 for a second or subsequent violation. Under current law, there is a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one-half ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use and provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a minor.



VCDL Comments
This bill, while increasing the amount of marijuana one can legally possess for personal use, disqualifies a person from getting a concealed handgun permit for three years or purchasing or transporting a handgun for possession of marijuana that is so minor that it is subject only to a civil penalty.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102160D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/25/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1049       Patron: Sam Rasoul  -  all patrons

Firearms show; State Police list of vendors or exhibitors. Requires a promoter of a firearms show to include in the list of vendors or exhibitors it is required to submit to State Police information regarding whether a vendor or exhibitor sold or transferred a firearm. The bill removes the exemption from the creation of such list and the promotor notice requirement for towns with a population of not less than 1,995 and not more than 2,010, according to the 1990 United States census.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a gun show promoter to include information on which of his vendors or exhibitors were selling or transfering firearms. It also removes a long time exemption for the annual Hillsville gun show. This bill puts more unnecessary burdens on gun show promoters.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101633D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB104       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third or subsequent violation. Under current law there is a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill reduces the criminal penalties for distribution and possession with intent to distribute, etc., of marijuana. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use and provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a minor. The bill also limits forfeiture of property from sale or distribution of marijuana to quantities of more than one pound; currently there is no minimum amount.



VCDL Comments
This bill disqualifies a person from getting a concealed handgun permit for possession of marijuana that is so minor that it is subject only to a civil penalty.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/23/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100351D
12/23/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N)
HB167       Patron: Mark L. Cole  -  all patrons

School board employees who are former law-enforcement officers; possession of firearms. Permits any local school board to allow any school board employee who is a former law-enforcement officer and ceased or retired from serving in such capacity while in good standing to possess any firearm designed or intended to expel a projectile by action of an explosion of a combustible material upon (i) any public elementary or secondary school in the school division, including buildings and grounds; (ii) that portion of any property open to the public and then exclusively used for school-sponsored functions or extracurricular activities while such functions or activities are taking place; and (iii) any school bus owned or operated by the local school board.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a school board to arm employees who are former law-enforcement officers. The idea of having armed individuals to protect our schools is a good one, but this bill is too restrictive to be of much use.
12/23/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101887D
12/23/15  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/04/16  House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/08/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Education
SB323       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Violation of protective order; firearm or other deadly weapon; penalty. Provides that any person who violates a protective order with which he has been served while knowingly armed with a firearm or other deadly weapon is guilty of a Class 6 felony. This bill is identical to HB 1087.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a person be served a protection order before the restrictions on purchase and transport of a firearm apply. It also provides that a person subject to an emergency protection order, once served, may not physically possess a firearm while in the residence of the alleged victim or transport a firearm while such order is in effect.
01/08/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103476D
01/08/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (12-Y 0-N 3-A)
01/29/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
02/01/16  Senate: Read second time
02/01/16  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/01/16  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/01/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB323E
02/01/16  Senate: Printed as engrossed 16103476D-E
02/02/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 3-N)
02/05/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/16  House: Read first time
02/05/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/26/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (19-Y 0-N)
02/26/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105648D-H1
02/26/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/26/16  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
03/02/16  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
03/04/16  House: Read second time
03/07/16  House: Read third time
03/07/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105648D-H1
03/07/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB323H1
03/07/16  House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTES (96-Y 0-N)
03/07/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N)
03/08/16  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N)
03/08/16  Senate: Title replaced 16105648D-H1
03/10/16  Senate: Enrolled
03/10/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB323ER)
03/10/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/11/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 638 (effective 7/1/16)
04/01/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0638)
SB544       Patron: Stephen D. Newman  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt. Provides that a judge or justice of the Commonwealth may carry a concealed handgun throughout the Commonwealth without a permit. This bill is identical to HB 332.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a judge to carry a concealed handgun without a concealed handgun permit anywhere he may go in the state. This is the government giving itself special perks again, while denying those same rights to the citizens of the Commonwealth. There's no reason a judge can't get a concealed handgun permit just like everyone else. And as far as carrying anywhere he goes, we need to apply that wording to anyone who has a concealed handgun permit. That fixes it for judges and for Virginia's 400,000 permit holders. Our lives are equally valuable.
01/13/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102950D
01/13/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/25/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16  House: Read first time
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 2-N)
02/19/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105641D-H1
02/22/16  House: Read second time
02/23/16  House: Read third time
02/23/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105641D-H1
02/23/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB544H1
02/23/16  House: Passed House with substitute (94-Y 6-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 6-N)
02/25/16  Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N)
02/26/16  House: House insisted on substitute
02/26/16  House: House requested conference committee
03/01/16  Senate: Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
03/01/16  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
03/01/16  Senate: Senators: Newman, Deeds, Carrico
03/02/16  House: Conferees appointed by House
03/02/16  House: Delegates: Miller, Cline, Tyler
03/09/16  Conference: Amended by conference committee
03/09/16  Senate: Conference substitute printed 16106312D-S1
03/10/16  House: Conference report agreed to by House (70-Y 26-N)
03/10/16  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (70-Y 26-N)
03/11/16  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N)
03/25/16  Senate: Enrolled
03/25/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB544ER)
03/25/16  House: Signed by Speaker
03/28/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/28/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/28/16
03/28/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 589 (effective 7/1/16)
04/01/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0589)
SB49       Patron: Janet D. Howell  -  all patrons

Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony for a person who is subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) for family abuse to possess a firearm while the order is in effect. The bill also provides that such person may continue to possess and transport a firearm for 24 hours after being served with the order for the purposes of selling or transferring the firearm to another person. Under current law, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person subject to a protective order to purchase or transport a firearm. This bill is identical to HB 1391.



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 protective 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, nor should a constitutional right be taken away without due process. THIS BILL IS PART OF THE RECIPROCITY DEAL.
12/16/15  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100702D
12/16/15  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/01/16  Senate: Committee substitute printed 16104977D-S1
02/01/16  Senate: Incorporates SB96
02/01/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/03/16  Senate: Reported from Finance (13-Y 2-N)
02/04/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Read second time
02/05/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/05/16  Senate: Committee substitute rejected 16104977D-S1
02/05/16  Senate: Floor substitute printed 16105191D-S2 (Howell)
02/05/16  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/05/16  Senate: Substitute by Senator Howell agreed to 16105191D-S2
02/05/16  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB49S2
02/05/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Passed Senate (31-Y 6-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/16  Senate: Passed Senate (31-Y 7-N)
02/11/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16  House: Read first time
02/11/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (20-Y 1-N)
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/16/16  House: Passed by until Friday, February 19, 2016
02/17/16  House: Motion to reconsider pass by until Friday, February 19, 2016 agreed to
02/17/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/18/16  House: Passed by for the day
02/19/16  House: Read third time
02/19/16  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/16  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/16  House: Passed House with amendment (95-Y 3-N)
02/19/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N)
02/22/16  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 7-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/22/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB49ER)
02/22/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/26/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 49 (effective 7/1/16)
02/26/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0049)
SB479       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons

Retired law-enforcement officers; concealed handguns. Clarifies provisions relating to the authority of retired law-enforcement officers, special agents of the State Corporation Commission and Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, members of the enforcement division of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and investigators of the security division of the Virginia Lottery to carry concealed handguns. Such officers, agents, members, and investigators who resigned after 20 years of service to accept a position covered by a retirement system authorized under Title 51.1 of the Code of Virginia fall under the same provisions as retired law-enforcement officers, agents, members, and investigators. Such retired officers, agents, members, and investigators who annually meet the training and qualification standards for active law-enforcement officers are authorized to carry concealed handguns in airports and schools and are deemed to have been issued a concealed handgun permit.

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VCDL Comments
This bill allows retired police to be able to carry in air carrier airport terminals and anywhere else they go in the state, including K-12 school property. This bill is giving special capabilities to retired law-enforcement officers (none of whom enforce the law any more), while not giving the same capabilities to concealed handgun permit holders, who are just as law abiding, just as worthy, and don't enforce laws either.
01/12/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103301D
01/12/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/16  Senate: Introduced bill reprinted 16103301D
01/20/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/25/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16  House: Read first time
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (21-Y 1-N)
02/19/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105539D-H1
02/22/16  House: Read second time
02/23/16  House: Read third time
02/23/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105539D-H1
02/23/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB479H1
02/23/16  House: Passed House with substitute (92-Y 6-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 6-N)
02/25/16  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/16  Senate: Title replaced 16105539D-H1
02/26/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/26/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB479ER)
02/26/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/29/16  Senate: Signed by President
03/01/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/1/16
03/01/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 8, 2016
03/07/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 257 (effective 7/1/16)
03/07/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0257)
HB809       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Sale of firearms; persons not lawfully present in United States; penalty. Provides that the crime of selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing or possessing with the intent to sell, barter, give, or furnish a firearm to a person knowing that such person is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm because he is not lawfully present in the United States applies to assault firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits someone from knowingly selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing an "assault firearm" to a person who is not in the United States legally.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100102D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/21/16  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
01/29/16  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/16  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/04/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/08/16  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
02/10/16  House: Read first time
02/11/16  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/12/16  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE(99-Y 0-N)
02/12/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/15/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
03/02/16  Senate: Continued to 2017 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
HB1391       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony for a person who is subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) for family abuse to possess a firearm while the order is in effect. The bill also provides that such person may continue to possess and transport a firearm for 24 hours after being served with the order for the purposes of selling or transferring the firearm to another person. Under current law, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person subject to a protective order to purchase or transport a firearm. This bill is identical to SB 49.



VCDL Comments
THIS BILL IS PART OF THE RECIPROCITY DEAL.
02/01/16  House: Introduced at the request of Governor
02/01/16  House: Presented and ordered printed 16104976D
02/01/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/05/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (21-Y 1-N)
02/05/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105189D-H1
02/08/16  House: Read first time
02/09/16  House: Read second time
02/09/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105189D-H1
02/09/16  House: Amendment by Delegate Murphy agreed to
02/09/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1391EH1
02/09/16  House: Printed as engrossed 16105189D-EH1
02/10/16  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
02/10/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N)
02/11/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/19/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Read third time
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  House: Enrolled
02/22/16  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1391ER)
02/22/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/16  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/26/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 48 (effective 7/1/16)
02/26/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0048)
HB1055       Patron: Todd E. Pillion  -  all patrons

Foster care homes; firearm storage. Authorizes a person in lawful possession of a firearm, ammunition, or components or combination thereof to store such items on the premises of a foster care home in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet with safety mechanisms activated. The bill provides that any person residing on the premises of a foster care home may lawfully carry a firearm in the presence of a child placed in foster care provided that such person is off the premises of the foster care home. The bill does not apply to persons residing in a licensed or approved foster care home in which no child in foster care is currently placed.



VCDL Comments
This bill controls the possession of firearms and ammunition in a foster care home. This bill does not allow for the lawful carry of a firearm for self-defense purposes in a foster care home when children are present. It requires the firearm be locked up when at home and firearms can only be carried off the property.
01/13/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102633D
01/13/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/28/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/16/16  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB783       Patron: Les R. Adams  -  all patrons

Brandishing a firearm; law-enforcement officer; penalty. Provides for a six-month mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction of a person for pointing, holding, or brandishing a firearm or similar weapon at someone who the person knows or has reason to know is a law-enforcement officer in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides a mandatory minimum sentence of six-months for brandishing a firearm when a law-enforcement officer is present. Mandantory minimums are one-size-fits-all approach that does not take into account actual circumstances.
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100962D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/10/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/12/16  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 4-N)
02/12/16  House: Committee substitute printed 16105288D-H1
02/13/16  House: Read first time
02/15/16  House: Read second time
02/15/16  House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105288D-H1
02/15/16  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB783H1
02/16/16  House: Read third time and passed House (76-Y 23-N)
02/16/16  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (76-Y 23-N)
02/17/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 0-N)
HB244       Patron: Jeion A. Ward  -  all patrons

Nuisance; property where breach of peace recurs. Defines as a "nuisance" any property where repeated breaches of the peace occur and authorizes any person to maintain a civil action to enjoin the maintenance of the nuisance. The bill provides that a bond will be required if the complainant is a private person and sets out procedures for service of notice, requirement of a hearing on an application for a preliminary injunction, and conduct of the trial in an action seeking a permanent injunction. The bill allows the court to consolidate the trial with the hearing on the application for a preliminary injunction and makes evidence of the general reputation of the building and its occupants admissible in proving the existence of a nuisance. Finally, the bill establishes liability for later owners who fail to abate a continuing nuisance and allows the attorney for a locality to commence a forfeiture action if an order of abatement of a nuisance is violated.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates an action for an injunction or an order of abatement for a "nuisance" caused by various things, including the unlawful discharge of a firearm or the unlawful possession of a dangerous or deadly weapon.
12/30/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102048D
12/30/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/03/16  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/10/16  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
SB205       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Purchase of handguns by certain officers. Adds employees of the Department of Corrections with internal investigations authority to the list of retired law-enforcement officers who may purchase their service handguns for $1.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a retiring internal investigator with the Department of Corrections to purchase his handgun from the Commonwealth.
01/05/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100643D
01/05/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/16  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/19/16  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/20/16  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/21/16  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/03/16  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16  House: Read first time
02/03/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/16  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/18/16  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/19/16  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N)
02/22/16  House: Read second time
02/23/16  House: Read third time
02/23/16  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/23/16  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/16  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N)
02/24/16  Senate: Enrolled
02/24/16  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB205ER)
02/24/16  House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/16  Senate: Signed by President
02/25/16  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/16  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 210 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/16  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0210)
SB260       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; disqualifications; residential mental health or substance abuse treatment. Provides that a person is disqualified from obtaining a concealed handgun permit if he has received mental health or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting within five years before or after the date of his application for the permit. Currently, such disqualification applies only if the treatment occurred within five years prior to the date of his application for the permit. The bill provides that the State Police, a local law-enforcement agency, or an attorney for the Commonwealth, upon receipt of information that a permit holder is disqualified because of such treatment, shall notify the court that issued the permit. If the court finds that the permit holder is in fact disqualified because of such treatment, the court shall revoke the permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill revokes the permit of a concealed handgun permit holder who receives mental health or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting. This will serve to discourage concealed handgun permit holders from receiving such treatment.
01/06/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100142D
01/06/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 8-N)
SB259       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 as something that cannot be possessed by a person who has been involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment for a mental health issue.
01/06/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100131D
01/06/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)
HB439       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

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



VCDL Comments
This bill increases penalties for using a firearm to commit certain violent crimes, but there is no penalty for any of the other weapons that could be used to commit the exact same crimes, such a knives, clubs, hatchets, crowbars, etc.
01/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102269D
01/07/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice