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VCDL 2017 Legislation Tracking Tool

Bills We Strongly Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1432       Patron: R. Lee Ware  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying a switchblade knife; exception. Authorizes any person to carry a switchblade knife concealed when such knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or lawful recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the use of a switchblade knife. The bill removes switchblade knives from the list of weapons the selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing of which is a Class 4 misdemeanor. This bill is identical to SB 1347.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes possession, sale, and carry of a switchblade knife legal. In addition a person who is carrying the switchblade to aid in the performance of professional or recreational activities can carry a switchblade knife concealed.
11/16/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100835D
11/16/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/16/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 4-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N)
01/24/17  House: Read first time
01/25/17  House: Passed by for the day
01/26/17  House: Passed by for the day
01/27/17  House: Read second time
01/27/17  House: Amendment by Delegate Ware agreed to
01/27/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1432E
01/27/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17100835D-E
01/30/17  House: Read third time and passed House (57-Y 39-N)
01/30/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (57-Y 39-N)
01/31/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N)
02/07/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Read third time
02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 16-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N)
02/10/17  House: Enrolled
02/10/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1432ER)
02/10/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/13/17
02/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 20, 2017
02/20/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
02/22/17  House: Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House sustained Governor's veto




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HB1466       Patron: Hyland F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Renewal of concealed handgun permits; notice. Provides that if a clerk has an electronic system for the application for and issuance of concealed handgun permits and such system has the capability of sending electronic notices to a permit holder, the clerk shall send the permit holder an electronic email notice that the permit will expire at least 90 days prior to such expiration. The bill provides that such notice shall be sent only if the applicant provides his email or other electronic address on his permit application, which shall request but not require this information. The bill provides further that any failure to send or receive such notice does not extend the validity of the existing permit beyond its expiration date.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that the Circuit Court Clerk send a renewal notice out to concealed handgun permit holders 120 to 180 days before the person'permit expires.
12/07/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101200D
12/07/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/10/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (18-Y 1-N)
01/20/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104468D-H1
01/23/17  House: Read first time
01/24/17  House: Passed by for the day
01/25/17  House: Read second time
01/25/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104468D-H1
01/25/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1466H1
01/26/17  House: Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N)
01/26/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N)
01/27/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
02/10/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/17  Senate: Read third time
02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/17  House: Enrolled
02/15/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1466ER)
02/15/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/20/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 99 (effective 7/1/17)
02/20/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0099)




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HB1582       Patron: Jeffrey L. Campbell  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permits; age requirement for persons on active military duty. Allows a person at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age to apply for a concealed handgun permit if he is on active military duty or has received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard and has completed basic training as a part of his military service. The bill allows reciprocity under the same circumstances for a nonresident who carries a concealed handgun or weapons permit recognized in the Commonwealth. Current law requires that residents and nonresidents be at least 21 years of age to carry a concealed handgun.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows an active-duty or honorably-discharged member of the military to get a concealed handgun permit if they are at least 18 years old.
01/02/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102458D
01/02/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/10/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/12/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/13/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (18-Y 4-N)
01/13/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104113D-H1
01/16/17  House: Read first time
01/17/17  House: Read second time
01/17/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104113D-H1
01/17/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1582H1
01/18/17  House: Read third time and passed House (78-Y 19-N)
01/18/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 19-N)
01/19/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/19/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N)
02/07/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Read third time
02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)
02/10/17  House: Enrolled
02/10/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1582ER)
02/10/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/13/17
02/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 20, 2017
02/21/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
02/22/17  House: Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House sustained Governor's veto (66-Y 32-N)
04/05/17  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (66-Y 32-N)
04/05/17  House: (67 affirmative votes required to override)




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HB1849       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permit; permit requirements. Provides that a concealed handgun permit shall be of a size comparable to a Virginia driver's license and may be laminated or use a similar process to protect the permit. Current law requires that the permit be no larger than two inches wide by three and one-fourth inches long.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows for the Circuit Court Clerk to laminate or create a plastic concealed handgun permit. This will make permits look more professional and to stand up better to wear.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102314D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (19-Y 0-N)
01/23/17  House: Read first time
01/24/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/25/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Read third time
02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/10/17  House: Enrolled
02/10/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1849ER)
02/10/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/13/17
02/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 20, 2017
02/17/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 47 (effective 7/1/17)
02/17/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0047)




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HB1852       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 45 days after the protective order was issued. The bill provides that if the person issued the protective order applies for a concealed handgun permit during such 45-day period, such person will be authorized to carry a concealed handgun for an additional 45 days and be given a copy of the certified application, which shall serve as a de facto concealed handgun permit. The bill requires such person to have the order or certified application and photo identification on his person when carrying a concealed handgun and to display them upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; failure to do so is punishable by a $25 civil penalty. This bill is identical to SB 1299.



VCDL Comments
This bill states that a protective order will act as a temporary concealed handgun permit for 45 days. If the person who is protected by the order applies for a concealed carry permit, then the temporary permit will be extended another 45 days to allow for processing of the application. 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, unlike all the other protective order laws.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102313D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (4-Y 1-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (12-Y 7-N)
01/23/17  House: Read first time
01/24/17  House: Passed by until Tuesday, January 31, 2017
01/31/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/01/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/02/17  House: Read second time
02/02/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1852E
02/02/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17102313D-E
02/03/17  House: Read third time and passed House (62-Y 32-N)
02/03/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 32-N)
02/03/17  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/03/17  House: Passed House (64-Y 31-N)
02/03/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (64-Y 31-N)
02/06/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 3-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105305D-S1
02/10/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/17  Senate: Read third time
02/13/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/13/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17105305D-S1
02/13/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1852S1
02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (27-Y 13-N)
02/15/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/17  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 17105305D-S1 (3-Y 95-N)
02/15/17  House: VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 95-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 1-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/20/17  House: House acceded to request
02/21/17  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/21/17  House: Delegates: Gilbert, Wright, Heretick
02/21/17  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/17  Senate: Senators: Vogel, Petersen, Chafin
02/23/17  Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/24/17  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (31-Y 9-N)
02/24/17  Senate: Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N)
02/24/17  House: Conference report agreed to by House (63-Y 31-N)
02/24/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (63-Y 31-N)
03/07/17  House: Enrolled
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1852ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House sustained Governor's veto (65-Y 34-N)
04/05/17  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (65-Y 34-N)
04/05/17  House: (67 affirmative votes required to override)




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HB1853       Patron: C. Todd Gilbert  -  all patrons                                          

Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course. Creates the Virginia Firearms Safety and Training for Sexual and Domestic Violence Victims Fund. The bill provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services may distribute funds from the 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, or family abuse. The Department would not be permitted to issue reimbursements in excess of the amount available in the Fund. 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. This bill is identical to SB 1300.



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.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102577D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (12-Y 7-N)
01/20/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/20/17  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/26/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
01/30/17  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104674D-H1
02/01/17  House: Read first time
02/02/17  House: Read second time
02/02/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104674D-H1
02/02/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1853H1
02/03/17  House: Read third time and passed House (66-Y 28-N)
02/03/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 28-N)
02/06/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105306D-S1
02/08/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/14/17  Senate: Reported from Finance (14-Y 2-N)
02/15/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Read third time
02/16/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/16/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17105306D-S1
02/16/17  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/17/17  Senate: Read third time
02/17/17  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/17/17  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/17/17  Senate: Amendments #'s 1,3,5,7,9,11 by Senator Wexton agreed to
02/17/17  Senate: Amendments #'s 2,4,6,8,10,12 by Senator Wexton rejected (7-Y 32-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments HB1853S1
02/17/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (37-Y 2-N)
02/21/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/17  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 17105306D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
02/21/17  House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N)
02/21/17  House: Senate amendments ruled not germane
02/22/17  Senate: Senate receded from substitute (22-Y 18-N)
03/07/17  House: Enrolled
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1853ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House sustained Governor's veto (65-Y 34-N)
04/05/17  House: VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (65-Y 34-N)
04/05/17  House: (67 affirmative votes required to override)
 
HB2077       Patron: Tony O. Wilt  -  all patrons                                          
Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000; firearms; emergency shelter. Removes the authority of a governmental entity under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000 to limit lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms in any place or facility used by the governmental entity as an emergency shelter.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the restriction on the right to keep and bear arms from emergency shelters.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102969D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (3-Y 2-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (12-Y 7-N)
01/23/17  House: Read first time
01/24/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/17  House: Read third time and passed House (65-Y 34-N)
01/25/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 34-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N)
02/15/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Read third time
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/20/17  House: Enrolled
02/20/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2077ER)
02/20/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/03/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House sustained Governor's veto




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HB2325       Patron: C. Matthew Fariss  -  all patrons                                          

Application for a concealed handgun permit; photo identification. Requires applicants for a concealed handgun permit to present one valid form of government-issued photo identification issued by a governmental agency of the Commonwealth or by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. State Department (passport). The bill removes the requirement that the application be made under oath before a notary.

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VCDL Comments
This bill requires photo identification when applying for a new permit or renewing an existing permit, BUT now eliminates the need for an application to be notarized.
01/13/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103590D
01/13/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/20/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (19-Y 0-N)
01/20/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104517D-H1
01/23/17  House: Read first time
01/24/17  House: Read second time
01/24/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104517D-H1
01/24/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2325H1
01/25/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/25/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
02/10/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/17  Senate: Read third time
02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/17  House: Enrolled
02/15/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2325ER)
02/15/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 237 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0237)




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HB2369       Patron: Brenda L. Pogge  -  all patrons                                          
Concealed handgun permit; change of address. Replaces the requirement that a concealed carry permit holder present proof of a new address with a requirement that the permit holder present written notice of the change of address on a form provided by the Department of State Police for a court to issue a replacement concealed handgun permit due to a change of address.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the requirement for proof of address when changing the address on a concealed handgun permit.
01/16/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103285D
01/16/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/24/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/26/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (3-Y 0-N)
01/27/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/01/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
02/10/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/17  Senate: Read third time
02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/17  House: Enrolled
02/15/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2369ER)
02/15/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 238 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0238)




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HB2429       Patron: Israel D. O'Quinn  -  all patrons                                          

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms; petition to restore right. Provides that any person who is not a resident of the Commonwealth and who is prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting any firearm in the Commonwealth due to an acquittal by reason of insanity, being adjudicated mentally incompetent or incapacitated, or being involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment may petition for the restoration of such rights in the general district court of the city or county in which the most recent of such proceedings occurred. Current law provides that a person so prohibited may petition for the restoration of such rights in the general district court of the city or county in which he resides.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides a mechanism to restore gun-rights for a person who had their gun rights removed for a mental health commitment, but now lives out of state. They would apply to the General District Court in the Virginia locality where they had been committed.
01/19/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17104501D
01/19/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/25/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 1-N)
02/03/17  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104704D-H1
02/04/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Read second time
02/06/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104704D-H1
02/06/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2429H1
02/07/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Read third time
02/20/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/23/17  House: Enrolled
02/23/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2429ER)
02/23/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/28/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 516 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0516)




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SB1023       Patron: Richard H. Stuart  -  all patrons                                          

Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information. Prohibits sharing of information regarding Virginia concealed handgun permits in the Virginia Criminal Information Network with law enforcement in states that do not recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state. The bill requires the Department of State Police to maintain and publish online a list of states that recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state. The bill does not create a private cause of action.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits the Virginia State Police from providing Virginia concealed handgun permittee information to law enforcement in states that do not recognize Virginia concealed handgun permits. 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.
01/04/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100509D
01/04/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 3-N 1-A)
01/27/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/31/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)
02/03/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/17  House: Read first time
02/03/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/16/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (16-Y 6-N)
02/20/17  House: Read second time
02/21/17  House: Read third time
02/21/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/22/17  House: Read third time
02/22/17  House: Amendment by Delegate Lingamfelter agreed to
02/22/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/17  House: Passed House with amendment (68-Y 31-N)
02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 31-N)
02/23/17  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (30-Y 10-N)
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1023ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/24/17  Senate: Governor's substitute printed 17106002D-S1
04/05/17  Senate: Chair rules Governor's recommendation Constitutional
04/05/17  Senate: Ruling of Chair Not Sustained (19-Y 21-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Communicated to Governor
04/05/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 5, 2017




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SB1299       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 45 days after the protective order was issued. The bill provides that if the person issued the protective order applies for a concealed handgun permit during such 45-day period, such person will be authorized to carry a concealed handgun for an additional 45 days and be given a copy of the certified application, which shall serve as a de facto concealed handgun permit. The bill requires such person to have the order or certified application and photo identification on his person when carrying a concealed handgun and to display them upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; failure to do so is punishable by a $25 civil penalty. This bill is identical to HB 1852.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a protective order will act as a temporary concealed handgun permit for 45 days. If the person who is protected by the order applies for a concealed carry permit, then the temporary permit will be extended another 45 days to allow for processing of the application. 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, unlike all the other protective order laws.
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103051D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
01/20/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/23/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/24/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (14-Y 7-N)
02/10/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17105388D-H1
02/13/17  House: Read second time
02/14/17  House: Read third time
02/14/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17105388D-H1
02/14/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1299H1
02/14/17  House: Passed House with substitute (66-Y 32-N)
02/14/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 32-N)
02/16/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Title replaced 17105388D-H1
02/20/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/20/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1299ER)
02/20/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (23-Y 17-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto




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SB1300       Patron: Jill Holtzman Vogel  -  all patrons                                          

Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course. Creates the Virginia Firearms Safety and Training for Sexual and Domestic Violence Victims Fund. The bill provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services may distribute funds from the 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, or family abuse. The Department would not be permitted to issue reimbursements in excess of the amount available in the Fund. 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. This bill is identical to HB 1853.



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.
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103054D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/31/17  Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N)
02/01/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Read second time
02/02/17  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/02/17  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1300E
02/02/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Printed as engrossed 17103054D-E
02/06/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (14-Y 7-N)
02/10/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17105394D-H1
02/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/10/17  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/13/17  House: Reported from Appropriations (15-Y 6-N)
02/14/17  House: Read second time
02/15/17  House: Read third time
02/15/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17105394D-H1
02/15/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1300H1
02/15/17  House: Passed House with substitute (68-Y 30-N)
02/15/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 30-N)
02/17/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (25-Y 15-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Title replaced 17105394D-S1
02/17/17  Senate: Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (25-Y 15-N)
02/22/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/22/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1300ER)
02/22/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/22/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (22-Y 18-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto
 
SB1315       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr. (by request)  -  all patrons                                          
Foster care; possession of firearm. Requires that possession of any firearms or other weapons in a foster home comply with federal and state laws and that the individual providing foster care services store all firearms, other weapons, and ammunition in a locked closet or cabinet unless they are being lawfully carried on the individual's person. The bill requires that the key or combination to the locked closet or cabinet be maintained out of the reach of all children in the home.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows foster parents to carry a firearm on their person, otherwise it is to be locked in a closet or cabinet, with the key out of reach of the children.
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100651D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/27/17  Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 1-N)
01/30/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/31/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/01/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/03/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/17  House: Read first time
02/03/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/16/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (3-Y 1-N)
02/17/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (11-Y 10-N)
02/20/17  House: Read second time
02/21/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/22/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/23/17  House: Read third time
02/23/17  House: Pending question ordered
02/23/17  House: Passed House (65-Y 35-N)
02/23/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 35-N)
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1315ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/24/17  Senate: Governor's substitute printed 17105970D-S1
04/05/17  Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (16-Y 24-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Communicated to Governor
04/05/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 5, 2017




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SB1347       Patron: Bryce E. Reeves (by request)  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying a switchblade knife; exception. Authorizes any person to carry a switchblade knife concealed when such knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or lawful recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the use of a switchblade knife. The bill removes switchblade knives from the list of weapons the selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing of which is a Class 4 misdemeanor. This bill is identical to HB 1432.

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VCDL Comments
This bill changes a concealed handgun permit to a concealed weapon permit. This allows the permit holder to have less-lethal options for self-defense, such as knives, spring sticks, etc.
01/11/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100568D
01/11/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 5-N)
01/23/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104362D-S1
01/24/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/25/17  Senate: Read second time
01/25/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/25/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104362D-S1
01/25/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1347S1
01/26/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 14-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N 1-A)
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/13/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 4-N)
02/20/17  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (13-Y 8-N)
02/21/17  House: Read second time
02/22/17  House: Read third time
02/22/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/22/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/17  House: Passed House with amendment (58-Y 40-N)
02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (58-Y 40-N)
02/23/17  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (25-Y 15-N)
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1347ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (20-Y 20-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto
04/05/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Governor's veto agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (21-Y 19-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto




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SB1362       Patron: Richard H. Black  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying concealed weapons; exemption for nonduty status military personnel. Provides that a member of the Virginia National Guard, Armed Forces of the United States, or Armed Forces Reserves of the United States in a nonduty status may carry a concealed weapon wherever such member may travel in the Commonwealth, provided that such member is carrying his valid military identification card.

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VCDL Comments
This bill allows active duty members of the Virginia National Guard, Armed Forces of the United States, and Armed Forces Reserves of the United States to carry concealed without a permit and wherever they go in Virginia, including schools, courthouses, etc.
01/11/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101855D
01/11/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104447D-S1
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
01/19/17  Senate: Incorporates SB1297 (Vogel)
01/20/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/23/17  Senate: Read second time
01/23/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/23/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104447D-S1
01/23/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1362S1
01/24/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N)
01/24/17  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/17  Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/16/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (4-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (16-Y 6-N)
02/20/17  House: Read second time
02/21/17  House: Read third time
02/21/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/22/17  House: Read third time
02/22/17  House: Amendment by Delegate Lingamfelter agreed to
02/22/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/17  House: Passed House with amendments (67-Y 32-N)
02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 32-N)
02/23/17  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (22-Y 17-N)
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1362ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (20-Y 20-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto
04/05/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Governor's veto agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (21-Y 19-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto




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SB1533       Patron: Mark D. Obenshain  -  all patrons                                          

Possession of antique firearms; nonviolent felons. Permits nonviolent felons to possess, transport, and carry muzzle-loading firearms and black powder in a quantity not exceeding five pounds if it is intended to be used solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes in muzzle-loading firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows non-violent felons to possess, transport, and carry either an antique firearm or a back powder firearm for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes.
01/20/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103505D
01/20/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/31/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/17  House: Read first time
02/03/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 1-N)
02/10/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17105395D-H1
02/13/17  House: Read second time
02/14/17  House: Read third time
02/14/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17105395D-H1
02/14/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1533H1
02/14/17  House: Passed House with substitute (94-Y 4-N)
02/14/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 4-N)
02/16/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Title replaced 17105395D-H1
02/20/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/20/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1533ER)
02/20/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/27/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 767 (effective 7/1/17)
03/27/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0767)




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Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1392       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons                                          

School security officers; carrying a firearm in performance of duties. Authorizes a school security officer to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties if (i) within 10 years immediately prior to being hired by the local school board he was an active law-enforcement officer in the Commonwealth; (ii) he retired or resigned from his position as a law-enforcement officer in good standing; (iii) he meets the training and qualifications to carry a concealed handgun as a retired law-enforcement officer; (iv) he has met the additional training and certification requirements of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS); (v) the local school board solicits input from the chief law-enforcement officer of the locality regarding the qualifications of the school security officer and receives verification from such chief law-enforcement officer that the school security officer is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, purchasing, or transporting a firearm; and (vi) the local school board grants him the authority to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties. The bill requires DCJS to establish additional firearms training and certification requirements for school security officers who carry a firearm in the performance of their duties. Existing law requires DCJS to establish minimum training and certification requirements for school security officers.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes a school security officer to carry a firearm on school property. Such an officer is a retired police officer and the local school board has given him authority to carry a firearm.
07/18/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100071D
07/18/16  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/17  House: Reported from Education with amendment (15-Y 6-N)
01/19/17  House: Read first time
01/20/17  House: Passed by for the day
01/23/17  House: Read second time
01/23/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
01/23/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1392E
01/23/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17100071D-E
01/24/17  House: Read third time and passed House (78-Y 19-N)
01/24/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 19-N)
01/25/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/25/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 2-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105303D-S1
02/08/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/15/17  Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (11-Y 5-N)
02/15/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105369D-S2
02/16/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Read third time
02/17/17  Senate: Committee substitute rejected 17105303D-S1
02/17/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/17/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17105369D-S2
02/17/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1392S2
02/17/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N)
02/21/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/17  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 17105369D-S2 (75-Y 22-N)
02/21/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (75-Y 22-N)
02/24/17  House: Enrolled
02/24/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1392ER)
02/24/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/28/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 311 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0311)
 
SB865       Patron: Richard H. Stuart  -  all patrons                                          
Furnishing certain weapons to minor; exemption. Exempts the transfer of a dirk, switchblade knife, or bowie knife between family members or for the purpose of engaging in a sporting event or activity from the current prohibition against selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing such weapons to a minor.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows family members to transfer various knives to minor family members for the purpose of engaging in a sporting event or activity.
12/07/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100757D
12/07/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
01/20/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/23/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/24/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/13/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 1-N)
02/20/17  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 9-N)
02/21/17  House: Read second time
02/22/17  House: Read third time
02/22/17  House: Passed House (59-Y 40-N)
02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (59-Y 40-N)
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB865ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (20-Y 20-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto
04/05/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Governor's veto agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Senate sustained Governor's veto (21-Y 19-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto




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HB2258       Patron: Eileen Filler-Corn  -  all patrons                                          

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; report on activities related to suicide prevention. Directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on its activities related to suicide prevention across the lifespan by December 1, 2017.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a taskforce, which includes federal firearms licensees, shooting range operators, and other parties to develop a web site and provide free information on suicide prevention. There is no mandate requiring gun dealers, gun range operators, or others to disseminate the information.
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103640D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/17  House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/31/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104991D-H1
02/03/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Read second time
02/06/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104991D-H1
02/06/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2258H1
02/07/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/13/17  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Health
02/16/17  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Read third time
02/20/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/23/17  House: Enrolled
02/23/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2258ER)
02/23/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/28/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 464 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0464)
SB1465       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying a concealed handgun; retired conservation officers. Adds conservation officers retired from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the list of retired persons eligible to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. This bill is identical to HB 2308.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows conservation officers retired from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to carry a concealed handgun with needing a concealed handgun permit. Constitutional Carry would fix this without the need for a special exception.
01/16/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103345D
01/16/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/24/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/25/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/26/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (18-Y 3-N)
02/13/17  House: Read second time
02/14/17  House: Read third time
02/14/17  House: Passed House (78-Y 20-N)
02/14/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 20-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/16/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1465ER)
02/16/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 243 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0243)
SB904       Patron: Mark D. Obenshain  -  all patrons                                          

Carrying weapon into courthouse; Workers' Compensation commissioner or deputy commissioner exempt. Provides an exception from the prohibition against carrying a weapon into courthouses in the Commonwealth for a commissioner or deputy commissioner of the Workers' Compensation Commission while in the conduct of official duties.

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VCDL Comments
This bill allows a commissioner or deputy commissioner of the Worker's Compensation Commission 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 commissioner 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 commissioners and for Virginia's 425,000 permit holders. Our lives are equally valuable.
12/22/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100985D
12/22/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104400D-S1
01/25/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
01/27/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  Senate: Read second time
01/30/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/30/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104400D-S1
01/30/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB904S1
01/31/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/17  House: Read first time
02/03/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/16/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/17/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 7-N)
02/17/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17105645D-H1
02/20/17  House: Read second time
02/21/17  House: Read third time
02/21/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17105645D-H1
02/21/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB904H1
02/21/17  House: Passed House with substitute (61-Y 36-N)
02/21/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 36-N)
02/22/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/22/17  Senate: Title replaced 17105645D-H1
03/07/17  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB904ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 761 (effective 7/1/17)
03/24/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0761)
SB953       Patron: Frank M. Ruff, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Muzzleloader firearms; definition. Incorporates the Virginia criminal law definition of a muzzleloader into the current statutory definitions of muzzleloading pistol, muzzleloading rifle, and muzzleloading shotgun located in Title 29.1 (Game, Inland Fisheries and Boating).

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VCDL Comments
This bill clarifies the definition of "muzzleloader."
12/31/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102126D
12/31/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/26/17  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/31/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/01/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/17  House: Read first time
02/03/17  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/17  House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N)
02/09/17  House: Read second time
02/10/17  House: Read third time
02/10/17  House: Amendment by Delegate Marshall, D.W. agreed to
02/10/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/10/17  House: Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/10/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N)
02/14/17  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/16/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB953ER)
02/16/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 161 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0161)
SB989       Patron: William M. Stanley, Jr.  -  all patrons                                          

Commonwealth's Twenty marksmanship award. Provides for the Commonwealth's Twenty marksmanship award to recognize the top 20 marksmen in Virginia, chosen from the Virginia state residents who compete at the annual Virginia State Championship matches sanctioned by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association. Under current law, the award recognizes the top 20 competitors in each of the rifle and pistol Excellence-in-Competition matches at such Championships.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes who is honored by the "Commonwealth's Twenty Marksmanship" award to be simply the top twenty marksmen in Virginia, as determined by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association.
01/03/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102107D
01/03/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (14-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/19/17  Senate: Floor substitute printed 17104462D-S1 (Stanley)
01/19/17  Senate: Read second time
01/19/17  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/19/17  Senate: Committee amendments rejected
01/19/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/19/17  Senate: Substitute by Senator Stanley agreed to 17104462D-S1
01/19/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB989S1
01/20/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/30/17  House: Read first time
01/30/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
02/13/17  House: Read second time
02/14/17  House: Read third time
02/14/17  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/14/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/16/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB989ER)
02/16/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 224 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0224)
 
Bills That Have Been Rolled Into Other Bills, Continued to Next Year, Withdrawn or Killed

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB1406       Patron: Gregory D. Habeeb  -  all patrons

Restoration of right to possess, etc., a firearm. Provides that a person convicted of a felony, other than a violent felony, whose civil rights have been restored is not required to petition a circuit court for an order to possess, transport, or carry a firearm, ammunition for a firearm, or a stun weapon. The bill provides that such person's right to possess, transport, or carry such items is automatically restored upon the restoration of his civil rights. The bill has an effective date of January 1, 2019, contingent upon voter approval of amendments to Article II, Section 1 and Article V, Section 12 of the Constitution of Virginia at the November 2018 general election.



VCDL Comments
This bill automatically restores the firearm rights for non-violent felons when their other civil rights have been restored by the Governor. Violent felons will continue to have to petition a Circuit Court to restore their firearms rights once their civil rights have been restored.
09/16/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100358D
09/16/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/01/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB2265       Patron: Benjamin L. Cline  -  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 eleven other states have Constitutional Carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Twenty other states plan to introduce it or have introduced it: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. None of the states that have Constitutional Carry have repealed it.
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100175D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/02/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (13-Y 7-N)
02/02/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/17  House: Left in Appropriations
HB1458       Patron: L. Scott Lingamfelter  -  all patrons

Local law enforcement; fees for concealed handgun permits; courthouse and courtroom security; assessment. Eliminates (i) the fee, under current law up to $35, that a local law-enforcement agency is permitted to charge for conducting the background investigation for a concealed handgun permit and (ii) the requirement that the local law-enforcement agency forward to the State Police any amount assessed by the FBI for providing criminal history record information in the background investigation. The bill makes discretionary the current mandatory fee of up to $10 charged by the clerk for processing a concealed handgun permit application or issuing a permit. The bill increases from $10 to $20 the maximum amount, designated solely to fund courthouse and courtroom security, that a local governing body may assess against a convicted defendant as part of the costs in a criminal or traffic case in district or circuit court.



VCDL Comments
This bill reduces the maximum fee for a concealed handgun permit from $50 down to $15. The Circuit Court Clerk is given the option of charging up to a $10 fee, local law-enforcement cannot charge a fee at all, and the Virginia State Police can continue to optionally charge up to a $5 fee. In theory, if both the State Police and the local Clerk waive their fees, a concealed handgun permit could be free.
12/05/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100073D
12/05/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/10/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/12/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/13/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/13/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104112D-H1
01/13/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/17  House: Left in Appropriations
HB1469       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 employees of the school who may carry a concealed handgun on school property. 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. Utah and some other states allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry in schools and have had no issues.
12/08/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100701D
12/08/16  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/07/17  House: Left in Education
SB1297       Patron: Jill Holtzman Vogel  -  all patrons

Carrying concealed weapons; exemption for nonduty status active military personnel. Provides that an active duty member of the Virginia National Guard, Armed Forces of the United States, or Armed Forces Reserves of the United States in a nonduty status may carry a concealed weapon wherever such member may travel in the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows active duty members of the Virginia National Guard, Armed Forces of the United States, and Armed Forces Reserves of the United States to carry concealed without a permit and wherever they go in Virginia, including schools, courthouses, etc.
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103033D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1362-Black) (15-Y 0-N)
SB1422       Patron: Amanda F. Chase  -  all patrons

Local law enforcement; fees for concealed handgun permits; courthouse and courtroom security; assessment. Eliminates (i) the fee, under current law up to $35, that a local law-enforcement agency is permitted to charge for conducting the background investigation for a concealed handgun permit and (ii) the requirement that the local law-enforcement agency forward to the State Police any amount assessed by the FBI for providing criminal history record information in the background investigation. The bill makes discretionary the current mandatory fee of up to $10 charged by the clerk for processing a concealed handgun permit application or issuing a permit. The bill increases from $10 to $20 the maximum amount, designated solely to fund courthouse and courtroom security, that a local governing body may assess against a convicted defendant as part of the costs in a criminal or traffic case in district or circuit court.



VCDL Comments
This bill reduces the maximum fee for a concealed handgun permit from $50 down to $15. The Circuit Court Clerk is given the option of charging up to a $10 fee, local law-enforcement cannot charge a fee at all, and the Virginia State Police can continue to optionally charge up to a $5 fee. In theory, if both the State Police and the local Clerk waive their fees, a concealed handgun permit could be free.
01/11/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103485D
01/11/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 17104411D-S1
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)
HB1989       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons

Excusable or justifiable self-defense; costs and attorney fees. Provides that in any civil or criminal case, a party or criminal defendant that successfully prevails on a self-defense claim shall be entitled to reasonable costs and attorney fees, unless the award of fees is unjust. The bill exempts criminal defendants that have appointed counsel whose fees are paid by the Commonwealth from collecting reasonable costs and attorney fees.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows someone who pleads excusable or justifiable homicide as an affirmative defense, and substantially prevails, to get resonable legal costs reimbursed. For civil cases, the plaintiff would pay the reimbursement and, for criminal cases, the state would pay. If the defendant was engaged in criminal conduct, then a judge can reduce the award amount.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102920D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/25/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB1432       Patron: Bryce E. Reeves  -  all patrons

Excusable or justifiable self-defense; costs and attorney fees. Provides that in any civil or criminal case, a party or criminal defendant that successfully prevails on a self-defense claim shall be entitled to reasonable costs and attorney fees, unless the award of fees is unjust. The bill exempts criminal defendants that have appointed counsel whose fees are paid by the Commonwealth from collecting reasonable costs and attorney fees.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows someone who pleads excusable or justifiable homicide as an affirmative defense, and substantially prevails, to get resonable legal costs reimbursed. For civil cases, the plaintiff would pay the reimbursement and, for criminal cases, the state would pay. If the defendant was engaged in criminal conduct, then a judge can reduce the award amount.
01/12/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17102833D
01/12/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/17  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (10-Y 0-N)
SB1440       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 eleven other states have Constitutional Carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Twenty other states plan to introduce it or have introduced it: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. None of the states that have Constitutional Carry have repealed it.
01/13/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103586D
01/13/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/01/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)
HB1710       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 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.
01/06/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101380D
01/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/17  House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/27/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Finance
HB1745       Patron: Nick Rush  -  all patrons

Restoration of firearms rights; report to State Police. Provides a mechanism for reporting to the Department of State Police when a circuit court restores a felon's right to possess, transport, and carry a firearm, ammunition for a firearm, or a stun weapon. The bill provides that if a court enters an order restoring a felon's right, the order shall contain the felon's name and date of birth and the clerk of the court shall certify and forward the restoration order to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE). The bill provides that the Department of State Police, upon receipt of the restoration order, shall enter the felon'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.
01/08/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100510D
01/08/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #3
01/27/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (20-Y 1-N)
01/30/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/01/17  House: Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/01/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/17  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/02/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/08/17  House: Left in Appropriations
SB1450       Patron: Amanda F. Chase  -  all patrons

Possession of concealed handguns; concealed handgun permit holders at public institutions of higher education. Allows any firefighter, person employed as search and rescue personnel, person employed as emergency medical services personnel, certified campus security officer, or student, employee, contractor, vendor, or faculty member of a public institution of higher education that participates in a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program who possesses a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit or a concealed handgun permit from another state that is recognized by Virginia to carry a concealed handgun on the property of, in buildings owned by, or at events hosted at public institutions of higher education.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows firefighters, search and rescue personnel, certified campus security officer, or student, employee, contractor, vendor or faculty member of a public institution of higher education that participates in an ROTC program, and who has a concealed handgun permit, to carry on school property. This protects students, guests, and employees who are so qualified.
01/16/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103467D
01/16/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N)
SB1444       Patron: A. Benton "Ben" Chafin  -  all patrons

Restricted ammunition; use or attempted use in the commission of a crime; penalty. Provides that restricted firearms ammunition means any ammunition that has been banned or prohibited from commercial sale by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or under federal law.  Under current law, restricted firearms ammunition was defined as ammunition that are: (i) coated with or contain, in whole or in part, polytetrafluorethylene or a similar product, (ii) commonly known as "KTW" bullets or "French Arcanes," or (iii) any cartridges containing bullets coated with a plastic substance with other than lead or lead alloy cores, jacketed bullets with other than lead or lead alloy cores, or cartridges of which the bullet itself is wholly comprised of a metal or metal alloy other than lead.



VCDL Comments
This bill updates the definition of "restricted ammunition" based current technology and ties in the extensive research by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives on restricted ammunition.
01/13/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103736D
01/13/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/31/17  Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
01/31/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104710D-S1
02/01/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Read second time
02/02/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/02/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104710D-S1
02/02/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1444S1
02/02/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/13/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/21/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1792       Patron: C. Matthew Fariss  -  all patrons

Possession of firearms; shared residence. Exempts a person prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a felony conviction from such prohibition if he is in constructive possession of a firearm owned by another person by virtue of sharing a residence with such other person who lawfully possesses a firearm, provided that he is not in actual possession of the firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill protects a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm from being charged with constructive possession of a firearm, if that firearm is 1) in his place of residence, 2) is lawfully owned by a cohabitant of that residence, and 3) is not actually possessed by the prohibited person. This makes things more equitable and more normal for the non-prohibited person as they go about their daily life.
01/09/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101976D
01/09/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2393       Patron: Benjamin L. Cline  -  all patrons

Income tax credit; purchase of gun safe. Establishes an individual income tax credit beginning January 1, 2017, for the purchase of a gun safe. The credit would equal 50 percent of the purchase price paid for any gun safe with a selling price of $500 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 ammunition for use in a firearm. An individual may not claim more than $100 in tax credits for all taxable years. The Department would be authorized to issue up to $250,000 in tax credits each year. The credit would expire on January 1, 2022.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides a tax credit of 50% for purchase of a gun safe under $500.
01/18/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17104035D
01/18/17  House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/24/17  House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/27/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
01/30/17  House: Stricken from docket by Finance by voice vote
HB1822       Patron: Dave A. LaRock  -  all patrons

Dangerous weapon; place of worship; personal protection. Provides that the term "good and sufficient reason," as used in the exception to the prohibition on carrying dangerous weapons in a place of worship, includes personal protection. This bill codifies an opinion of the Attorney General (4/8/2011).



VCDL Comments
This bill codifies that self-defense is a "good and sufficient reason" for carrying a firearm in a church during a meeting for a religious purpose. (A church can still prohibit the carry of firearms on their premises under existing trespass laws.)
01/09/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102490D
01/09/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1441       Patron: Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr.  -  all patrons

Absentee voting; eligibility of persons whose polling place prohibits firearms. Entitles any person who may otherwise lawfully carry a firearm to vote absentee if his polling place is located in a building or on property where such possession is prohibited by law or is prohibited by the owner of private property.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows citizens to vote absentee if their voting place prohibits guns.
01/13/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103337D
01/13/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/17  Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 2-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/27/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/30/17  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/31/17  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/01/17  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/02/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 14-N)
02/06/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/17  House: Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/07/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/21/17  House: Left in Privileges and Elections
HB2321       Patron: James W. Morefield  -  all patrons

Restricted ammunition; use or attempted use in the commission of a felony; penalty. Removes the prohibition on use or attempted use of restricted firearm ammunition in any non-felony criminal offense. The bill expands the definition of restricted firearms ammunition to include "pinched tip" bullets and expands the exception to such definition to include certain ammunition with copper cores. The bill provides that if any ammunition has been approved by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for commercial sale, it is not restricted firearms ammunition.



VCDL Comments
This bill updates the definition of "restricted ammunition" based current technology and ties in the extensive research by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives on restricted ammunition.
01/13/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103465D
01/13/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/23/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB2414       Patron: R. Lee Ware  -  all patrons

Limited immunity when reporting acts of self-defense; penalties. Provides that no statements made by a person in a good faith effort to promptly report an incident involving the threatened or actual use of justifiable physical or deadly physical force may be used against that person in any civil or criminal proceeding. The bill also provides that any documents or reports regarding a statement made by a person in a good faith effort to promptly report an incident involving the threatened or actual use of justifiable physical or deadly physical force, in a good faith effort to obtain emergency medical or law enforcement assistance, shall not be released to the public or news media prior to its use in a trial involving such incident if it is reasonably expected that a trial involving such incident will occur. If it is not reasonably expected that a trial involving such incident will occur, the contents of the report may be released to the public or news media at the discretion of the attorney for the Commonwealth or with the consent of the person who made the statement. The bill also provides that any person who uses any statements made by a person in a good faith effort to promptly report an incident involving the threatened or actual use of justifiable physical or deadly physical force against him in a civil or criminal proceeding, or provides any documents that are not releasable to the public, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor for the first offense, a Class 6 felony for a second offense, and a Class 5 felony for a third or subsequent offense.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides limited immunity for someone involved in a use, or threatened use, of deadly force in a self-defense situation while they are contacting the police or emergency medical services to report the event and get help.
01/19/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103876D
01/19/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB1700       Patron: Daniel W. Marshall, III (by request)  -  all patrons

Firearms; alcohol; penalties. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who is intoxicated or under the influence of 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. Current law provides that such prohibition applies only to persons permitted to carry a concealed handgun. 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. Current law provides that such prohibition applies only to those persons carrying a concealed handgun on such premises.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it an additional crime for a person openly carrying a firearm to be intoxicated. It also makes openly carrying a firearm and consuming alcohol in a restaurant or club licensed to serve alcohol illegal. A violation of either provision makes a person ineligeable to get a concealed handgun permit for five years. There are already laws on the books for being intoxicated in public. Also, under current law a person who is openly carrying a firearm can drink in a restaurant or club because the restaurant or club is aware that the person has a firearm. This bill is just another solution in search of a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/06/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102540D
01/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1685       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  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) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique firearms.



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

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/06/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101004D
01/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1684       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Restricting access to firearms by children; mental state; penalty. Removes the requirement that conduct required for a conviction of unlawfully leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14 be reckless. The bill increases the penalty for such violation from a Class 3 misdemeanor to a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill takes away the requirement that a person be reckless before he can be charged with leaving a loaded firearm where a child under 14 can have access to it. One size does not fit all. A child can be both very mature and have had training with firearms where leaving the loaded firearm out is not reckless or dangerous to the child. In fact children have used firearms to stop criminals during home invasions.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/06/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100228D
01/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1683       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Prohibited public carrying of certain firearms; penalty. Prohibits the carrying of a loaded shotgun or rifle in places open to the public in certain cities and counties. Current law prohibits the carrying in such locations of certain loaded firearms with high capacity magazines, silencers, folding stock, or long ammunition or a loaded shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered. The bill adds the City of Roanoke to the list of cities in which the carrying of such firearms is prohibited.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it illegal to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle in certain specific localities. It also adds the City of Roanoke to the list of localities where such a ban exists. The code section needs to repealed in its entirety, not made worse by this bill. The Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution allow citizens to possess loaded rifles and shotguns. Also, it is easy for a law-abiding gun owners to inadvertently break this law as they travel from location to location. Gun laws need to be consistent across the Commonwealth.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/06/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100145D
01/06/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1269       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. Current law imposes 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 provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions and driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a juvenile. The bill provides that a court may suspend a driver's license for a civil violation committed by an adult. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit.



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 five years for possession of marijuana that is so minor that it is subject only to a civil penalty. Only felonies should strip a person of their civil rights.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103829D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (15-Y 0-N)
HB2094       Patron: Marcia S. "Cia" Price  -  all patrons

Localities; regulation of firearms in government buildings. Allows localities to regulate the possession of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof in, or the carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof into, any building owned or used by such locality for governmental purposes. Current law prohibits localities from adopting or enforcing any ordinance, resolution, or motion regarding firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof unless expressly authorized by statute.



VCDL Comments
This bill totally guts firearms preemption, which would have the effect of making a complicated maze of gun laws that would serve only to entrap gun owners. Gun laws need to be consistent across the Commonwealth.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100848D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2098       Patron: Marcia S. "Cia" Price  -  all patrons

Relating to possession of certain firearms by minors; parental permission; penalty.Requires any minor who possesses certain firearms in the home or on the property of his parent, grandparent, or legal guardian to have prior permission from such parent, grandparent, or legal guardian.



VCDL Comments
This bill provides that a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian would have to give prior permission for a person under 18 years old to possess a firearm on the property of that parent, grandparent, or legal guardian. This is a private, family matter, not a matter for the Commonwealth to turn into a crime.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102831D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2187       Patron: Jennifer B. Boysko  -  all patrons

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers between immediate family members, transfers that occur by operation of law, transfers by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust, and temporary transfers that occur in the presence of the owner of the firearm or are necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary.



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. The dealer may charge a fee of up to $15, raising the price of the firearm. 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!
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103088D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2188       Patron: Jennifer B. Boysko  -  all patrons

Civil liability for sale or transfer of a firearm; background check. Provides that a person may be held civilly liable for injuries to person or property or wrongful death of another caused by a third party if it can be shown that the civil defendant sold or transferred a firearm to the person who committed the crime resulting in injury or death without obtaining a background check and verification that the transferee was not prohibited from possessing a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill is backdoor scheme to coerce private firearms sellers into selling their firearms through a federal firearms licensee. The is done by threatening the private seller with civil liability if the firearm ends up being used in a crime.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103113D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2212       Patron: Kenneth R. Plum  -  all patrons

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers between immediate family members, transfers that occur by operation of law, transfers by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust, and temporary transfers that (i) occur within the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm; (ii) are necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury; (iii) occur at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or other area designed for the purpose of target shooting, for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity; or (iv) are for the purpose of and while the transferee is engaged in hunting, trapping, or target shooting. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary.



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. The dealer may charge a fee of up to $15, raising the price of the firearm. 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!
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103677D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1706       Patron: Eileen Filler-Corn  -  all patrons

Law-enforcement immunity; storage of firearms. Shields from civil or criminal liability any law-enforcement agency or law-enforcement officer that stores, possesses, or transports a firearm with the consent of a person prohibited from possessing a firearm because he is subject to a protective order for any damage, deterioration, loss, or theft of such firearm. The bill does not require any law-enforcement agency or law-enforcement officer to take possession of any firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill gives civil and criminal immunity to law enforcement from any damage, deterioration, loss, or theft of firearms that law enforcement is storing for a person who is under a protective order. Also allows the police to turn down such a request for storage. This is a horrible idea, which gives police carteblanche to recklessly and carelessly handle and store someone's property. A valuable collector's firearm worth many thousands of dollars could be tossed into a bin, scratched, dented, ruined, lost, or stolen without any fear of a penalty. Even police must be held accountable for reckless and careless behavior that damages, destroys, loses, or allows to be stolen, the property of another.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/06/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101803D
01/06/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/01/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
SB1439       Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  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, at a firearms show with a voluntary background check, 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!
01/13/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103180D
01/13/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
HB1418       Patron: Delores L. McQuinn  -  all patrons

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



VCDL Comments
This bill gives localities the option to ban firearms from their public libraries. A solution in search of a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
10/21/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100870D
10/21/16  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/10/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/12/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1778       Patron: Kenneth R. Plum  -  all patrons

Purchase and transport of firearms; simple assault hate crime. Prohibits persons convicted of simple assault or assault and battery when the victim was selected because of his race, religious conviction, color, or national origin from purchasing or transporting a firearm for five years following such conviction.



VCDL Comments
This bill takes away a person's right to purchase or transport a handgun for five years for a conviction of misdemeanor assault and battery against someone because of race, religion, color, or national origin. Misdemeanors are not meant to take away someone's civil rights, but that's exactly what this bill does.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102510D
01/09/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2466       Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons

Sale of handguns; personalized handguns required. Requires all dealers who sell or transfer any handgun to also have personalized handguns available for sale. The bill defines "personalized handgun" as a handgun that incorporates within its design, and as part of its original manufacture, technology that automatically limits its operational use and that cannot be readily deactivated, so that it is capable of being fired only by an authorized or recognized user. The bill requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the Superintendent of State Police, to maintain a list of personalized handguns that are available for retail sales purposes. The bill exempts transactions between certain manufacturers, dealers, and collectors, purchases by law-enforcement agencies, and sales or transfers of antique firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill forces gun dealers to have one "smart" gun in their inventory.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/20/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17100283D
01/20/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/24/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2266       Patron: Eileen Filler-Corn  -  all patrons

Retail establishments and restaurants; posting of signs relating to firearms policy. Provides that if a retail establishment or restaurant has a policy that permits the carrying of firearms onto the premises, the proprietor or other person in charge of the retail establishment or restaurant must post in an appropriate place, in a clear, conspicuous, and sufficient manner, a "Firearms Permitted" sign. The bill imposes a civil penalty of not more than $25 for failure to post such signs, to be paid into the Literary Fund.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a store or restaurant that allows guns on their property, post a prominent sign so stating, or face a civil penalty. This makes no sense, except as a form of intimidation for the stores and restaurants, dragging them into a political issue. Should stores and restaurants also post a list of all clothes, cell phones, necklaces, wrist watches, purses, wallets, and shoes that customers are allowed to possess, too?

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103643D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SJ229       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Study; Virginia State Crime Commission; firearm registration; report. Directs the Virginia State Crime Commission to study the feasibility and costs of establishing a firearm registration program for firearms purchased in the Commonwealth, along with the potential efficacy of firearm registration in reducing firearm-related deaths and injuries.



VCDL Comments
This bill has the Virginia State Crime Commission investigate the feasability of a statewide firearm registration scheme. Washington, DC, and Illinois have gun registration. DC's crime rate is over 8 times higher than that of neighboring Northern Virginia. Chicago had 4,000 shootings in 2016, alone. Based on CDC data for homicides, Virginia is in the middle of the pack (5.2 per 100,000), but well below many states that have registration, such as DC (25.9), Illinois (7.1), California (6.1). Finally, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that criminals in localities that have gun registration cannot be required to register their guns, as that would be a violation of the criminal's Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
11/07/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100940D
11/07/16  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/02/17  Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Rules by voice vote
SB915       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, to personal friends, by inheritance, by operation of law, or for a temporary purpose.



VCDL Comments
This bill is an inadvertent step towards Universal Background Checks. The bill requires someone who is not a licensed firearm dealer, but who conducts businesses as a "merchant of firearms," to only sell firearms through a licensed dealer. Violation is a Class 3 misdemeanor. It is not clear where the line is drawn that determines if someone is classified as a "merchant of firearms" or not. This bill will have a chilling effect on all private sales because of its lack of clarity. Federal law already handles the issue of someone effectively being a dealer without actually being a licensed dealer. Virginia should not step into that quagmire and shoulld just let federal law take care of it.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/27/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100512D
12/27/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
SB893       Patron: Janet D. Howell  -  all patrons

Firearm locks required for sale or transfer of handguns; warning against accessibility to children; penalty. Makes it unlawful for any licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any handgun to any person (i) other than a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer, unless the transferee is provided with a locking device for that handgun, or (ii) unless the handgun is accompanied by a warning, in conspicuous and legible type in capital letters printed on a label affixed to the gun and on a separate sheet of paper included within the packaging enclosing the handgun, that handguns should be locked and kept away from children and that there may be civil and criminal liability for failing to do so. There are exceptions for law-enforcement and governmental agencies.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires firearms dealers to provide either a locking device or a written statement with firearms sold to anyone other than other dealers or to the government. It would be a Class 1 misdemeanor for failure to do so. All new and used firearms sold by dealers already must come with locking devices per federal law (18 U.S.C. 922(z)). The required written statement falsely makes it seem that a person would have immunity from any potential civil or criminal liability if the various conditions in the statement are met by the gun owner. If these safety devices and written statement are both so important to safety, why is the government exempted from having to receive them? This is a feel good, do nothing piece of legislation.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
12/20/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100525D
12/20/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
SB809       Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons

Reporting lost or stolen firearms. 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 24 hours after such person discovers the loss or theft or is informed by a person with personal knowledge of the loss or theft. The bill requires the relevant law-enforcement agency to enter the report information into 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 is immune from criminal or civil liability for acts or omissions that result from such loss or theft; the immunity does not apply to a person who knowingly gives a false report. The bill does not apply to the loss or theft of an antique firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a person report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours of discovering the firearm is lost or stolen. The penalty is $50 for the first offense and between $100 and $250 for subsequent offenses. A person in good faith who reports such a lost or stolen firearm is immune from any criminal or civil damage from acts using the firearm. The victim gets punished twice: once by the theft or loss and next by the government for not reporting the loss quickly enough. Who's to say exactly when the victim discovered the loss or theft? The bill also is setting a precedent that the victim is somehow liable for the misuse of a stolen firearm if he doesn't report it stolen quickly enough.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
10/31/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100905D
10/31/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
SB1443       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 until such warrant has been dissolved by a court 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 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 sweeping new order for someone to have their firearms confiscated solely based on a sworn "probable cause" statement by law enforcement or a Commonwealth Attorney that the person is in substantial risk of personal injury to himself or others. Probable cause is not the same standard we use to convict someone of a crime. Historically, due process protections have required that in order to strip someone of fundamental rights, that person would be afforded those higher levels of protections. A person should not have their civil rights stripped away from them without having proper due process. HB 1758 allows any warrant to strip away a person's gun rights away while that warrant is in effect. It doesn't have legal protections if the firearms are damaged or lost by the police. It has no penalties if the police do not comport with the requirements to return seized items in a timely fashion or penalies for failure of the police to follow any of the other provisions.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/13/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103859D
01/13/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N)
SB1039       Patron: Janet D. Howell  -  all patrons

Protective orders; possession of firearms; felony. 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 subjecting another person to an act of violence, force, or threat to possess a firearm while the order is in effect, which is equivalent to the existing penalty for possession of a firearm by a person subject to a permanent protective order for family abuse. 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. The bill also requires that any person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because he is subject to a permanent protective order certify in writing to the clerk of the court that issued the order within 48 hours after being served with the order that any firearm in his possession has been sold or transferred.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires someone with a permanent protective order to certify in writing that they have sold or transferred all their firearms. It is already a felony for the person to possess firearms during the protective order period, so this bill puts an unnecessary requirement on the subject of the protective order. Worse, it is a felony if the person doesn't file on time.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/04/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101808D
01/04/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 6-N)
01/23/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104564D-S1
01/23/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/31/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 5-N)
SB1464       Patron: Charles W. Carrico, Sr.  -  all patrons

Restoration of firearm rights; convicted felons. Requires the court to find by clear and convincing evidence that a convicted felon, whose civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority, petitioning for a permit to possess or carry a firearm is not a risk to public safety and poses no present or future danger to himself or others prior to granting the petition and issuing the permit. Current law provides for a standard of good cause shown. The bill requires the court to conduct a hearing on such petition, where current law requires a hearing only if requested by the petitioner or the attorney for the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds a "clear and convincing evidence" requirement for courts considering restoration of rights for a felon. This is a totally unreasonable change that will make it virtually impossible for a felon to ever get his rights restored.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/16/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103482D
01/16/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Committee amendments
01/23/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 17104653D-S1
01/23/17  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (3-Y 12-N)
SB1112       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Control of firearms; chambers of local governing bodies. Allows a locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits firearms, ammunition, or components or a combination thereof at any regular or special meeting of such local governing body, provided notice of such prohibition is publicly posted and the meeting room is owned or operated by the locality.



VCDL Comments
This bill destroys current firearm preemption laws by allowing localities to ban the otherwise lawful carry of firearms at local government meetings. It also reinstates all local firearms ordinances that were on the books between January 1, 1978 and July 1, 2004. This bill will send Virginia back into the Dark Ages, when gun owners had to constantly be wary of a quilt-work of local gun laws, that confused even the police who were supposed to enforce them.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102095D
01/09/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
SB1194       Patron: L. Louise Lucas  -  all patrons

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers between immediate family members, transfers that occur by operation of law, transfers by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust, and temporary transfers that (i) occur within the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm; (ii) are necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury; (iii) occur at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or other area designed for the purpose of target shooting, for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity; or (iv) are for the purpose of and while the transferee is engaged in hunting, trapping, or target shooting. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary.



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. The dealer may charge a fee of up to $15, raising the price of the firearm. 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!
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103676D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
SB1266       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 or handle a firearm.



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!
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100128D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 7-N)
SB1267       Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons

Firearms; alcohol; penalties. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who is intoxicated or under the influence of 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. Current law provides that such prohibition applies only to persons permitted to carry a concealed handgun. 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. Current law provides that such prohibition applies only to those persons carrying a concealed handgun on such premises.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it an additional crime for a person openly carrying a firearm to be intoxicated. It also makes openly carrying a firearm and consuming alcohol in a restaurant or club licensed to serve alcohol illegal. A violation of either provision makes a person ineligeable to get a concealed handgun permit for five years. There are already laws on the books for being intoxicated in public. Also, under current law a person who is openly carrying a firearm can drink in a restaurant or club because the restaurant or club is aware that the person has a firearm. This bill is just another solution in search of a problem.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100245D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Committee amendments
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)
SB1458       Patron: Jeremy S. McPike  -  all patrons

Dangerous weapons; place of religious worship. Requires a person to have the express authorization of a place of religious worship to carry certain weapons to such place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held. Current law requires such person to have a good and sufficient reason to do so.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the "good and sufficient" exemption for carrying in a church during a service. This makes a church a dangerous "gun-free zone," vulnerable to a mass shooting. Churches have been attacked and are under threat from terrorist organizations. This bill makes churches far more attractive targets and removes the freedom to allow guns into a church if the church so desires.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/16/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103727D
01/16/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
HB2044       Patron: Kathleen Murphy  -  all patrons

Protective orders; possession of firearms; felony. 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 subjecting another person to an act of violence, force, or threat to possess a firearm while the order is in effect, which is equivalent to the existing penalty for possession of a firearm by a person subject to a permanent protective order for family abuse. 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. The bill also requires that any person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because he is subject to a permanent protective order certify in writing to the clerk of the court that issued the order within 48 hours after being served with the order that any firearm in his possession has been sold or transferred.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires someone with a permanent protective order to certify in writing that they have sold or transferred all their firearms. It is already a felony for the person to possess firearms during the protective order period, so this bill puts an unnecessary requirement on the subject of the protective order. Worse, it is a felony if the person doesn't file on time.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101807D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB1453       Patron: L. Louise Lucas  -  all patrons

Firearms on school property. Adds public, private, or religious preschools and child day centers that are not operated at the residence of the provider or of any of the children to the list of schools where possessing a firearm on school property or on a school bus is prohibited. Under current law, the list of such schools only includes public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high schools.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds preschool and child day center as gun-free zones. Gun-free zones are where almost all public mass shootings take place. This bill endangers children, parents, and teachers. We need to be eliminating gun-free zones, not making more.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/16/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103787D
01/16/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (7-Y 6-N 1-A)
01/23/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/31/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 5-N)
HB1758       Patron: Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr.  -  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 until such warrant has been dissolved by a court 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 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 sweeping new order for someone to have their firearms confiscated solely based on a sworn "probable cause" statement by law enforcement or a Commonwealth Attorney that the person is in substantial risk of personal injury to himself or others. Probable cause is not the same standard we use to convict someone of a crime. Historically, due process protections have required that in order to strip someone of fundamental rights, that person would be afforded those higher levels of protections. A person should not have their civil rights stripped away from them without having proper due process. HB 1758 allows any warrant to strip away a person's gun rights away while that warrant is in effect. It doesn't have legal protections if the firearms are damaged or lost by the police. It has no penalties if the police do not comport with the requirements to return seized items in a timely fashion or penalies for failure of the police to follow any of the other provisions.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/09/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102461D
01/09/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1773       Patron: Kenneth R. Plum  -  all patrons

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before a vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. A violation is a Class 6 felony. A definition of "vendor" is added. The bill also requires that the promoter of a firearms show post notice of the requirement for a criminal history record information check and provide vendors with access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal history record information check. The bill repeals a provision added by the 2016 Session of the General Assembly that 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.



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 nine 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!
01/09/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101549D
01/09/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1865       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 may immediately complete the sale or transfer if he is advised by the State Police that a response will not be available within the required timeframe.



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. It is supposed to be an "instant check," so 1 business day is already too long.

Another Legislative Victory For Virginia Gun Owners!
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102499D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB1864       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!
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102502D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB791       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 gives the Circuit Court Clerk an option of charging up to a $10 fee for a concealed handgun permit. Under current law the Clerk must charge $10. HB 1458 is a superior bill, as it includes additional reduction in costs.
09/07/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100369D
09/07/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/01/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 1-N)
HB1907       Patron: Steve E. Heretick  -  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 (i) is a retired law-enforcement officer; (ii) was an active law-enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia within the 10 years immediately prior to being hired by the local school board; (iii) annually participates in the same firearms training and testing and meets the training and qualification standards to carry firearms as is required of an active law-enforcement officer in the Commonwealth; (iv) is granted the authority to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties by the local school board; and (v) is not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill authorizes a school security officer to carry a firearm on school property. Such an officer is a retired police officer and the local school board has given him authority to carry a firearm. Same bill as HB 1392.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102703D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/07/17  House: Left in Education
HB1990       Patron: Michael J. Webert  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; age requirement for persons on active military duty. Allows a person at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age to apply for a concealed handgun permit if he is on active military duty. The bill allows a nonresident at least 18 and years of age but less than 21 years of age who holds a concealed handgun or weapons permit recognized in the Commonwealth to carry a concealed handgun within the Commonwealth if he is on active military duty. Current law requires that persons be at least 21 years of age to carry a concealed handgun.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows an active-duty member of the military to get a concealed handgun permit if they are at least 18 years old. HB 1552 is a superior bill, as it also allows honorably discharged military members who are at least 18 years old to get a permit.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101082D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/17  House: Tabled in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
SB1049       Patron: John S. Edwards  -  all patrons

Firearms; administration of machine gun registry, nonresident concealed handgun permits, and criminal history record checks. Requires any person registered to possess a machine gun to notify the Department of State Police (the Department) of a change of address within 30 days of such change. The bill reduces the number of photographs that an applicant for a nonresident concealed handgun permit must submit from two to one. The bill requires the form provided by the Department for a dealer to obtain criminal history record information for a firearm purchase to include a question about whether the proposed purchaser has been the subject of a temporary detention order and subsequently agreed to voluntary admission to a state facility. Current law prohibits such persons from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm and provides that other mental health disqualifications be disclosed on such form. The bill requires firearms dealers to comply with the federal minimum wait time of three days after contacting the system for a background check before releasing a firearm without an approval number; under existing state law, such firearm must be released after one business day without an approval number. The bill removes the option under state law for a dealer to complete a sale if notified that a response will not be available by the end of the dealer's next business day and removes the requirement that the Department notify the dealer of such delay. The bill removes the requirement that the dealer mail the criminal history record check consent form for a person who is not a resident of Virginia to the Department.



VCDL Comments
This bill reduces the number of photographs to be furnished by non-resident concealed handgun permit applicants, allows 30 days for a person with a machine gun to update his registration information with the State Police if he moves, clarifies that a person who has had a Temporary Detention Order and voluntarily committed themselves cannot purchase a gun from a dealer, and simplifies the procedure when the purchase of a firearm has been delayed to investigate the purchaser for disqualifications.
01/05/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101615D
01/05/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104448D-S1
01/18/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/31/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)
HB2234       Patron: Benjamin L. Cline  -  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 gives the Circuit Court Clerk an option of charging up to a $10 fee for a concealed handgun permit. Under current law the Clerk must charge $10. HB 1458 is a superior bill, as it includes additional reduction in costs.
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103021D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2263       Patron: Benjamin L. Cline  -  all patrons

Concealed handgun permits; age requirement for persons on active military duty. Allows a person at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age to apply for a concealed handgun permit if he is on active military duty. The bill allows a nonresident at least 18 and years of age but less than 21 years of age who holds a concealed handgun or weapons permit recognized in the Commonwealth to carry a concealed handgun within the Commonwealth if he is on active military duty. Current law requires that persons be at least 21 years of age to carry a concealed handgun.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows an active-duty member of the military to get a concealed handgun permit if they are at least 18 years old. HB 1552 is a superior bill, as it also allows honorably discharged military members who are at least 18 years old to get a permit.
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103050D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/17  House: Tabled in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote
HB2361       Patron: Christopher E. Collins  -  all patrons

Brandishing a firearm; intent; penalty. Requires that a person pointing, holding, or brandishing a firearm or similar weapon 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.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes the language of the brandishing statute to clarify that brandishing requires intent.
01/16/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17102368D
01/16/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/23/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
02/03/17  House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
HB1879       Patron: Brenda L. Pogge (by request)  -  all patrons

Disqualification for a concealed handgun permit; persons under 21 driving after illegally consuming alcohol. Disqualifies a person convicted or adjudicated delinquent of driving after illegally consuming alcohol as a person under the age of 21 or adjudicated delinquent of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated within the three-year period immediately preceding the application from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. Current law disqualifies persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated within the three-year period immediately preceding the application from obtaining a concealed handgun permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds that a person adjudicated deliquent for public drunkeness is disqualified from applying for a concealed handgun permit for three years. This is the same as for an adult found guilty of the same crime.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101874D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/26/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (3-Y 0-N)
01/27/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
01/30/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/01/17  House: Passed by for the day
02/02/17  House: Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/02/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/03/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
HB2079       Patron: Tony O. Wilt  -  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 also applies to selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing an assault firearm to a person prohibited from possessing or transporting an assault firearm because he is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence.



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.
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100458D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB2468       Patron: Jackson H. Miller  -  all patrons

Commissioners and deputy commissioners of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission; carrying a concealed weapon; carrying a weapon in a courthouse. Permits commissioners and deputy commissioners of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to carry a concealed weapon wherever they may travel in the Commonwealth and exempts such persons from the prohibition on carrying firearms in a courthouse.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a commissioner or deputy commissioner of the Worker's Compensation Commission 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 commissioner 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 commissioners and for Virginia's 425,000 permit holders. Our lives are equally valuable.
01/20/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17102227D
01/20/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/24/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB832       Patron: Bill R. DeSteph, Jr.  -  all patrons

Firearm transactions; voluntary background checks; clarification. Clarifies the provisions that apply to voluntary background checks performed at a firearms show by translating the Latin term of art mutatis mutandis into English.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes a minor clarification to the gun-show voluntary background check law.
11/15/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100017D
11/15/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 1-N)
HB2372       Patron: N.D. "Rocky" Holcomb III  -  all patrons

Firearm transactions; voluntary background checks; clarification. Clarifies the provisions that apply to voluntary background checks performed at a firearms show by translating the Latin term of art mutatis mutandis into English.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes a minor clarification to the voluntary gun-show background check law.
01/16/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103381D
01/16/17  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/24/17  House: Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/26/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (2-Y 1-N)
01/27/17  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote