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VCDL 2024 Legislation Tracking Tool

Bills We Strongly Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
Bills We Support

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB35      Patron: Nadarius E. Clark  -  all patrons                                       

Firearm safety device tax credit; definition of firearm safety device. Expands the definition of "firearm safety device" as it relates to the firearm safety device tax credit to include any device that, when installed on a firearm, is designed to prevent the firearm from being operated without first deactivating the device. The bill provides that the provisions of this act shall be effective for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2024.

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VCDL Comments
This bill adds any locking or deactivation device to the list of items, such as gun safes, that are eligible for a tax credit once per year, at face value.
12/18/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101243D
12/18/23  House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/24  House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Public Safety
01/31/24  House: Reported from Finance with amendment(s) (19-Y 2-N)
01/31/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/31/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106936D-H1
02/02/24  House: Incorporates HB945 (Lopez)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Committee on Finance amendment rejected
02/07/24  House: Committee on Public Safety substitute agreed to 24106936D-H1
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB35H1
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (73-Y 25-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (73-Y 25-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
 
Bills We Strongly Oppose

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB637      Patron: Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr.  -  all patrons                                       

Substantial risk orders; training program. Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish a Substantial Risk Order Training Program for the purposes of training law-enforcement agencies and other public institutions throughout the Commonwealth to use and implement the substantial risk order law. The bill states that the programming shall provide training regarding proper procedures to follow, the circumstances under which the law can be used, the benefits to public safety from proper use of the law, and the harm that may ensue from the law not being used when lawfully available. The Program shall also include efforts to educate the public on and increase awareness of the substantial risk order law.

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VCDL Comments
This bill creates a Substantial Risk Order (Red Flag) Training Program. This program is designed to encourage the use of SROs and does not train people on the harm the misuse of SROs can inflict on someone's civil rights and personal safety. It also doesn't address the importance ousing Temporary Detention Orders instead of SROs to get help for a person having a mental health crisis or who is suicidal.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24105028D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 2-N)
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N)
01/26/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106557D-H1
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Committee on Public Safety amendments rejected
02/07/24  House: Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 24106557D-H1
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB637H1
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
SB642      Patron: Russet Perry  -  all patrons                                       

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearm; assault and battery of a family or household member or intimate partner; penalties. Adds to the existing definition of "family or household member" a person's intimate partner, defined in the bill as an individual who, within the previous 12 months, was in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with the person. The bill also provides that any person who knowingly and intentionally purchases, possesses, or transports any firearm following a misdemeanor conviction for an offense that occurred on or after July 1, 2024, for the offense of assault and battery against an intimate partner or an offense substantially similar under the laws of any other state or of the United States is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill incorporates SB 319.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes battery in a 'datingrelationship' a misdemeanor and takes away the right to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm for three years. Misdemeanors should never take away a civil right. This will also not stand up to court challenge under the Supreme Court's Bruen decision as there was no history or tradition of taking away a person's right to keep and bear arms over misdemeanor battery of anyone.
01/11/24  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 24105186D
01/11/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/05/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24107066D-S1
02/05/24  Senate: Incorporates SB319 (Salim)
02/05/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Read second time
02/09/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/09/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24107066D-S1
02/09/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB642S1
02/12/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/16/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/24  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/16/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107834D-H1
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107834D-H1
02/21/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB642H1
02/21/24  House: Passed House with substitute (52-Y 47-N 1-A)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N 1-A)
 
SB327      Patron: Saddam Azlan Salim  -  all patrons                                       

Purchase of certain firearms; age requirement; penalty. Prohibits any person under 21 years of age from purchasing a handgun or assault firearm, with exceptions for the purchase of an assault firearm by a law-enforcement officer, correctional officer, jail officer, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Virginia National Guard, or the National Guard of any other state. Accordingly, the bill prohibits a licensed dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory a handgun or assault firearm to any person under 21 years of age. A violation of either prohibition is a Class 6 felony. The bill also expands the definition of "assault firearm" as the term applies to criminal history record information checks.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase any kind of firearm. It also redefines the term 'assault firearm' to cover morefirearms, including standard, ubiquitous Glock handguns. This bill is unconstitutional. Courts have ruled the 2nd Amendment covers those 18 and older.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104749D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
01/31/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24106617D-S1
01/31/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Read second time
02/09/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/09/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24106617D-S1
02/09/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB327S1
02/12/24  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/13/24  Senate: Floor substitute printed 24107682D-S2 (Salim)
02/13/24  Senate: Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/24  Senate: Committee substitute reconsidered (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/24  Senate: Committee substitute rejected 24106617D-S1
02/13/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/13/24  Senate: Substitute by Senator Salim agreed to 24107682D-S2
02/13/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB327S2
02/13/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/24  Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/16/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107825D-H1
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107825D-H1
02/21/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB327H1
02/21/24  House: Passed House with substitute (52-Y 48-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
 
SB368      Patron: Jennifer B. Boysko  -  all patrons                                       

Storage of firearms in a residence where a minor or person prohibited from possessing a firearm is present; penalty. Requires any person who possesses a firearm in a residence where such person knows that a minor or a person who is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm is present to store such firearm and the ammunition for such firearm in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet that is inaccessible to such minor or prohibited person. The bill provides that a violation is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The bill exempts (i) any person in lawful possession of a firearm who carries such firearm on or about his person and (ii) the storage of antique firearms and provides that the lawful authorization of a minor to access a firearm is not a violation of the bill's provisions. The bill also requires firearm dealers to post a notice stating such firearm storage requirements and the penalty for improperly storing such firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires all firearms in a home, that are not being carried on or about the owner, to be in a locked container and the ammunition to be locked in a separate container if there is someone in the home who is under 18 years of age or if there is a prohibited person in the home. This one-size-fits-all bill does not take into account the many minors under the age of 18 who are thoroughly familiar with firearms and have been trained in handling firearms safely by their parents. In fact, minors under the age of 18 have used firearms to stop violent home invasions or other serious crimes taking place in their home. There is already a law against letting someone under the age of 14 get access to a gun that was stored in a careless manner.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104295D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/29/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (9-Y 6-N)
01/30/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/24  Senate: Read second time
01/31/24  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/31/24  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB368E
01/31/24  Senate: Printed as engrossed 24104295D-E
02/01/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
 
SB383      Patron: R. Creigh Deeds  -  all patrons                                       

Carrying a firearm or explosive material within Capitol Square or building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; exemptions; public institutions of higher education; penalty. Limits the exemption from the prohibition on the carrying of any firearm or explosive material within any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or agency thereof or any office where employees of the Commonwealth or any agency thereof are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties that currently applies to any property owned or operated by a public institution of higher education to instead apply to any individual within a building owned or operated by a public institution of higher education who possesses a weapon as part of such public institution of higher education's curriculum or activities or as part of any organization authorized by such public institution of higher education to conduct its programs or activities within such building, as such uses are approved through the law-enforcement or public safety unit of such institution.



VCDL Comments
This bill restricts firearms at public institutions of higher education by requiring such firearms be part of an authorized program or activity inside a building. A solution in search of a problem. Higher education students are adults and have a right to self-defense.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100412D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/29/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
01/29/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24105565D-S1
01/29/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Read second time
02/09/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/09/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24105565D-S1
02/09/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB383S1
02/12/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
 
SB447      Patron: David W. Marsden  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm in unattended motor vehicle; civil penalty. Provides that no person shall leave, place, or store a handgun in an unattended motor vehicle, as defined in the bill, when such handgun is visible to any person who is outside such motor vehicle. The bill provides that any person violating such prohibition is subject to a civil penalty of no more than $500 and such unattended motor vehicle may be subject to removal for safekeeping.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a $500 civil penalty and subjects a vehicle to towing if a person leaves a handgun in an unattended vehicle and that vehicle is either unlocked or the handgun is not in a locked container. This bill punishes the innocent victim of breaking and entering. The car owner should not be considered to be at fault even if a criminal opens an unlocked car door. It is the criminal who is solely to blame. And it is absurd that the victim is punished if he did lock the car but did not lock the gun up in some other compartment or container, too. Punish criminals and stop harassing good people.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100642D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/23/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/24/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
 
SB491      Patron: Jennifer D. Carroll Foy  -  all patrons                                       

Firearm industry members; standards of responsible conduct; civil liability. Creates standards of responsible conduct for firearm industry members and requires such members to establish and implement reasonable controls regarding the manufacture, sale, distribution, use, and marketing of the firearm industry member's firearm-related products, as those terms are defined in the bill. Such reasonable controls include reasonable procedures, safeguards, and business practices that are designed to (i) prevent the sale or distribution of a firearm-related product to a straw purchaser, a firearm trafficker, a person prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, or a person who the firearm industry member has reasonable cause to believe is at substantial risk of using a firearm-related product to harm themselves or unlawfully harm another or of unlawfully possessing or using a firearm-related product; (ii) prevent the loss of a firearm-related product or theft of a firearm-related product from a firearm industry member; (iii) ensure that the firearm industry member complies with all provisions of state and federal law and does not otherwise promote the unlawful manufacture, sale, possession, marketing, or use of a firearm-related product; and (iv) ensure that the firearm industry member does not engage in an act or practice in violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The bill also provides that a firearm industry member may not knowingly or recklessly create, maintain, or contribute to a public nuisance, as defined in the bill, through the sale, manufacturing, importing, or marketing of a firearm-related product. The bill creates a civil cause of action for the Attorney General or a local county or city attorney to enforce the provisions of the bill or for any person who has been injured as a result of a firearm industry member's violation to seek an injunction and to recover costs and damages.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a highly regulated industry, the firearms industry, to be sued civilly for a variety of already illegal actions. It also holds the manufacturers and sellers of even the most benign of firearm accessories, like a butt stock or a gun case, liable to a civil lawsuit if it doesn't 'prope protect that item from theft or misuse by a criminal! How could a firearm accessory seller reasonably know if they were selling a gun sling to a prohibited person? This bill is designed to have a chilling effect on all aspects of the firearms industry. At a time when the federal government is pulling FFL licenses for even the tiniest paperwork mistakes, this bill is just piling on with more ways to destroy the firearm industry.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104526D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (9-Y 6-N)
01/29/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Printed as engrossed 24104526D-E
02/09/24  Senate: Read second time
02/09/24  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/09/24  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB491E
02/12/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
 
HB362      Patron: Adele Y. McClure  -  all patrons                                       

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearm following an assault and battery against a person in a dating relationship with the alleged offender, penalty. Provides that any person who knowingly and intentionally purchases, possesses, or transports any firearm following a misdemeanor conviction for an offense that occurred on or after July 1, 2024, for the offense of assault and battery against a person in a dating relationship, as defined in the bill, with the alleged offender or an offense substantially similar under the laws of any other state or of the United States is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides that a court, after a finding of guilt has been made and prior to entering a final order of conviction, shall determine by a preponderance of the evidence whether the victim of the offense was a family or household member or an intimate or dating partner for the purposes of determining the firearms prohibition.

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VCDL Comments
This bill makes battery in a 'dating relationship' a misdemeanor and takes away the right to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm for three years. Misdemeanors should never take away a civil right. This will also not stand up to court challenge under the Supreme Court.s Bruen decision as there was no history or tradition of taking away a person.s right to keep and bear arms over misdemeanor battery of anyone.
01/06/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104469D
01/06/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 3-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106143D-H1
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N)
02/09/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time
02/12/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24106143D-H1
02/12/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB362H1
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
HB454      Patron: Katrina Callsen  -  all patrons                                       

Carrying a firearm or explosive material within Capitol Square or building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; exemptions; public institutions of higher education; penalty. Limits the exemption from the prohibition on the carrying of any firearm or explosive material within any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or agency thereof or any office where employees of the Commonwealth or any agency thereof are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties that currently applies to any property owned or operated by a public institution of higher education to instead apply to any individual within a building owned or operated by a public institution of higher education who possesses a weapon as part of such public institution of higher education's curriculum or activities or as part of any organization authorized by such public institution of higher education to conduct its programs or activities within such building, as such uses are approved through the law-enforcement or public safety unit of such institution.



VCDL Comments
This bill restricts firearms at public institutions of higher education by requiring such firearms be part of an authorized program or activity inside a building. A solution in search of a problem. Higher education students are adults and have a right to self-defense.
01/08/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103011D
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 3-N)
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 9-N)
01/19/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24105639D-H1
01/19/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/24/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/29/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (11-Y 10-N)
01/31/24  House: Read first time
02/01/24  House: Read second time
02/01/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24105639D-H1
02/01/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB454H1
02/02/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/02/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (6-Y 5-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
HB466      Patron: Dan I. Helmer  -  all patrons                                       
Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity with other states. Provides that the Superintendent of State Police, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, shall determine whether states meet the statutory qualifications for Virginia to recognize the concealed handgun permit of a person from another state. Under current law, any out-of-state permit is recognized in the Commonwealth provided that (i) the issuing authority provides the means for instantaneous verification of the validity of all such permits or licenses issued within that state, accessible 24 hours a day; (ii) the permit or license holder carries a photo identification issued by a government agency of any state or by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Department of State and displays the permit or license and such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; and (iii) the permit or license holder has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked. The bill also provides that a Virginia resident who has not been issued a valid resident concealed handgun permit may not use a concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state to carry a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth.



VCDL Comments
This bill severely restricts concealed handgun permit recognition with other states. Currently, Virginia honors permits from all other states, which, in turn, allows Virginians to be able to carry in most of those states. And permit holders from other states have been carrying in Virginia without incident for years. This bill is an unjust and demeaning slap in the face to law-abiding Virginia gun owners, as it will reduce the number of states where a Virginia permit holder can carry a handgun for self-defense. It is a solution in search of a problem that destroys an extremely successful law.
01/08/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104641D
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 9-N)
01/23/24  House: Read first time
01/24/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/24  House: Passed by for the day
01/26/24  House: Read third time and passed House (50-Y 45-N)
01/26/24  House: VOTE: Passage (50-Y 45-N)
01/29/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
SB100      Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons                                       

Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of plastic firearms and unfinished frames or receivers and unserialized firearms prohibited; penalties. Creates a Class 5 felony for any person who knowingly manufactures or assembles, imports, purchases, sells, transfers, or possesses any firearm that, after removal of all parts other than a major component, as defined in the bill, is not detectable as a firearm when subjected to inspection by the types of detection devices, including X-ray machines, commonly used at airports, government buildings, schools, correctional facilities, and other locations for security screening. The bill updates language regarding the types of detection devices that are used at such locations for detecting plastic firearms. Under current law, it is unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, transfer, or possess any plastic firearm and a violation is punishable as a Class 5 felony.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes unfinished firearm frames and receivers and unserialized commercially made firearms unlawful to purchase, sell, or transfer unless serialized. Even a chunk of aluminum, if sold to the public to become a frame or receiver once completed, must be serialized under this bill. The bill doesn.t make an exception for the millions of firearms made before 1968 that were unserialized nor does it grandfather in existing homemade firearms. This bill is unconstitutional, as there was no analog in the history or traditions of firearms with any such limitations at the time the Bill of Rights was adopted. Homemade guns have been legal since before the United States existed.
01/03/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104102D
01/03/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24105790D-S1
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Read second time
02/02/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/02/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24105790D-S1
02/02/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB100S1
02/05/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
 
HB22      Patron: Michael J. Jones  -  all patrons                                       

Manufacture, importation, sale, etc., of auto sears; prohibition; penalty. Prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale or offer to sell, possession, transfer, or transportation of an auto sear, defined in the bill as a device made of any material designed for use in converting a firearm to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. A violation is punishable as a Class 6 felony.

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VCDL Comments
This bill makes "auto sears" including legally owned and registered auto sears illegal after July 1, 2024 - no grandfathering. Auto sears convert a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm. Auto sears are considered machine guns by themselves and are already illegal under federal law if they were made after 1986 or are not registered with the federal government. Legally owned auto sears, which are extremely expensive due to a very limited quantity that can be owned, are not being used to commit crimes. There is no reason to ban legally owned and federally registered auto sears.
12/13/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101228D
12/13/23  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
01/19/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24105447D-H1
01/19/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/24/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N)
01/31/24  House: Read first time
02/01/24  House: Read second time
02/01/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24105447D-H1
02/01/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB22H1
02/02/24  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (92-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (92-Y 0-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24107867D-S1
02/19/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
HB318      Patron: Dan I. Helmer  -  all patrons                                       

Firearm industry members; standards of responsible conduct; civil liability. Creates standards of responsible conduct for firearm industry members and requires such members to establish and implement reasonable controls regarding the manufacture, sale, distribution, use, and marketing of the firearm industry member's firearm-related products, as those terms are defined in the bill. Such reasonable controls include reasonable procedures, safeguards, and business practices that are designed to (i) prevent the sale or distribution of a firearm-related product to a straw purchaser, a firearm trafficker, a person prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, or a person who the firearm industry member has reasonable cause to believe is at substantial risk of using a firearm-related product to harm themselves or unlawfully harm another or of unlawfully possessing or using a firearm-related product; (ii) prevent the loss of a firearm-related product or theft of a firearm-related product from a firearm industry member; (iii) ensure that the firearm industry member complies with all provisions of state and federal law and does not otherwise promote the unlawful manufacture, sale, possession, marketing, or use of a firearm-related product; and (iv) ensure that the firearm industry member does not engage in an act or practice in violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The bill also provides that a firearm industry member may not knowingly or recklessly create, maintain, or contribute to a public nuisance, as defined in the bill, through the sale, manufacturing, importing, or marketing of a firearm-related product. The bill creates a civil cause of action for the Attorney General or a local county or city attorney to enforce the provisions of the bill or for any person who has been injured as a result of a firearm industry member's violation to seek an injunction and to recover costs and damages.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a highly regulated industry, the firearms industry, to be sued civilly for a variety of already illegal actions. It also holds the manufacturers and sellers of even the most benign of firearm accessories, like a butt stock or a gun case, liable to a civil lawsuit if it doesn't 'properly' protect that item from theft or misuse by a criminal! How could a firearm accessory seller reasonably know if they were selling a gun sling to a prohibited person? This bill is designed to have a chilling effect on all aspects of the firearms industry. At a time when the federal government is pulling FFL licenses for even the tiniest paperwork mistakes, this bill is just piling on with more ways to destroy the firearm industry.
01/05/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104492D
01/05/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/02/24  House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/05/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/09/24  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 10-N)
02/11/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (50-Y 48-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (50-Y 48-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
HB175      Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons                                       

Carrying assault firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty. Prohibits the carrying of certain semi-automatic center-fire rifles, pistols, and shotguns on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, or public right-of-way or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public. Under current law, the current prohibition on carrying certain shotguns and semi-automatic center-fire rifles and pistols applies to a narrower range of firearms, only in certain localities, and only when such firearms are loaded.



VCDL Comments
This bill bans the carry of 1) a semiautomatic centerfire rifle or pistol that has a fixed magazine that holds more than 10 rounds or 2) a semiautomatic centerfire rifle or pistol that accepts a detachable magazine of any size and has any of a variety of cosmetic features or 3) a semi-automatic shotgun with any of a variety of cosmetic features, on or about a person on a public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, in a park, or in any place open to the public. It doesn't matter if the firearm is unloaded. Concealed handgun permit holders and licensed security guards are no longer exempt from this code section, even though neither one has caused any legal issues by carrying such loaded firearms publicly for over a decade. Of course, the government, our servant, exempts itself from all this nonsense. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that citizens have the right to carry firearms outside of their homes and in public, so this bill is unconstitutional on its face.
01/03/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102977D
01/03/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/24  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/07/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107266D-H1
02/09/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time
02/12/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107266D-H1
02/12/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB175H1
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
HB183      Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons                                       
Storage of firearms in a residence where a minor or person prohibited from possessing a firearm is present; penalty. Requires any person who possesses a firearm in a residence where such person knows that a minor under 18 years of age or a person who is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm is present to store such firearm and the ammunition for such firearm in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet that is inaccessible to such minor or prohibited person. The bill provides that a violation is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The bill exempts (i) any person in lawful possession of a firearm who carries such firearm on or about his person and (ii) the storage of antique firearms and provides that the lawful authorization of a minor to access a firearm is not a violation of the bill's provisions. The bill also requires firearm dealers to post a notice stating such firearm storage requirements and the penalty for improperly storing such firearms.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires all firearms in a home, that are not being carried on or about the owner, to be in a locked container and the ammunition to be locked in a separate container if there is someone in the home who is under 18 years of age or if there is a prohibited person in the home. This one-size-fits-all bill does not take into account the many minors under the age of 18 who are thoroughly familiar with firearms and have been trained in handling firearms safely by their parents. In fact, minors under the age of 18 have used firearms to stop violent home invasions or other serious crimes taking place in their home. There is already a law against letting someone under the age of 14 get access to a gun that was stored in a careless manner.
01/03/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104245D
01/03/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
01/30/24  House: Read first time
01/31/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/01/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/01/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (8-Y 5-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
HB158      Patron: Adele Y. McClure  -  all patrons                                       

Firearm locking device required for sale or transfer of firearm; warning against accessibility to children; penalty. Makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor for any licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any firearm to any person other than a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer unless the transferee is provided with a locking device for that firearm and the firearm is accompanied by a warning, in conspicuous and legible type in capital letters printed on a separate sheet of paper included within the packaging enclosing the firearm, that firearms should be locked and kept away from children and that there may be civil and criminal liability for failing to do so. The bill provides exceptions for law-enforcement and governmental agencies.

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VCDL Comments
This bill requires gun dealers to provide a handgun locking-device for handgun sales, along with a warning message in the box and on a warning label affixed to the handgun. None of this is necessary as federal law already requires a locking device be supplied by dealers for handgun purchases. The federal government also provides a safety brochure that is required to be available to purchasers. Is the State going to provide the stickers and warning papers to dealers, so they don't have to bear the additional cost for those items? Should the taxpayer have to bear this unnecessary expense? This bill would also add an additional cost for a locking device to those doing a private sale under the current Universal Background Check requirement. Oddly, the bill exempts sales to law enforcement. Since this bill is supposed to be about safety, are law enforcement families not worthy of being protected, too?
01/02/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101536D
01/02/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/24  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
01/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/26/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106293D-H1
01/26/24  House: Incorporates HB12 (Jones)
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
01/30/24  House: Read first time
01/31/24  House: Read second time
01/31/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24106293D-H1
01/31/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB158H1
02/01/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/01/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
HB939      Patron: Irene Shin  -  all patrons                                       

Elections administration; certain activities or conduct prohibited at polling places applicable to locations for absentee voting in person; prohibited possession of firearm within 100 feet of certain locations. Clarifies that the provisions of law prohibiting certain activities or conduct in and around a polling place shall also apply to locations where absentee voting in person is available. The bill also prohibits any person, with certain exceptions, from knowingly carrying a firearm on or about his person within 100 feet of the entrance of a polling place, the building used by the local electoral board to meet to ascertain election results, the building used to conduct a recount of an election, and other additional locations used for voting-related and elections-related activities.. Under current law, this prohibition applies within 40 feet of such entrances.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits firearms within 100 feet of electoral board, voter registration, or voter satellite buildings or within 100 feet of a drop-off location or an absentee voter precinct. This bill creates a confusing array of locations where guns are prohibited and makes it likely to entrap unsuspecting gun owners.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100563D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/26/24  House: Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/29/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106402D-H1
02/02/24  House: Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24106402D-H1
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB939H1
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 47-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 47-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
 
HB1174      Patron: Mark D. Sickles  -  all patrons                                       

Assault firearms; purchase; age requirement; penalty. Provides that in order to purchase an assault firearm a person must be 21 years of age or older. The bill also expands the definition of "assault firearm" as the term applies to criminal history record information checks.

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VCDL Comments
This bill makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase any kind of firearm. It also redefines the term 'assault firearm' to cover morefirearms, including standard, ubiquitous Glock handguns. This bill is unconstitutional. Courts have ruled the 2nd Amendment covers those 18 and older.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101081D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106297D-H1
01/26/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
01/26/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 10-N)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24106297D-H1
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1174H1
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 5-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24107870D-S1
02/19/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
HB46      Patron: Elizabeth B. Bennett-Parker  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm transfers to another person from a prohibited person. Provides that a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because such person is subject to a protective order or has been convicted of an assault and battery of a family or household member may transfer a firearm owned by such prohibited person to any person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing such firearm, provided that such person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing such firearm is 21 years of age or older and does not reside with the person who is subject to the protective order. Under current law, there is no requirement that such transferee cannot be younger than 21 years of age and cannot reside with such prohibited person. The bill also provides that such prohibited person who transfers, sells, or surrenders a firearm pursuant to the provisions of the bill shall inform the clerk of the court of the name and address of the transferee, the federally licensed firearms dealer, or the law-enforcement agency in possession of the firearm and shall provide a copy of such form to the transferee. The bill also provides that a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because such person is subject to a protective order or has been convicted of an assault and battery of a family or household member shall be advised that a law-enforcement officer may obtain a search warrant to search for any firearms from such person if such law-enforcement officer has reason to believe that such person has not relinquished all firearms in his possession.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a person with a protective order against them or a person with a domestic violence conviction to surrender, sell, or turn their guns over to someone 21-years-old or older and someone who does not live with them. It requires the person to be advised that if a police officer believes they have not turned over all their guns, that the officer can get a search warrant to look for any such guns. There are multiple problems with the bill as written. If a husband and wife co-own a shotgun for home defense, for example, and the husband gets a protective order issued against him, the wife would no longer have access to that co-owned shotgun. That punishes the wife and needlessly endangers her life. There is also the question of not allowing a person 18 to 20-years-old to retain the guns. A person in that age range can legally possess rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Why can.t young adults be used to hold the guns?
12/21/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104087D
12/21/23  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/24  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
01/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (11-Y 9-N)
01/23/24  House: Read first time
01/24/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/24  House: Passed by for the day
01/26/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 44-N)
01/26/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 44-N)
01/29/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (6-Y 5-N)
02/16/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Read third time
02/19/24  Senate: Passed Senate (20-Y 18-N)
02/21/24  House: Enrolled
02/21/24  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB46ER)
 
SB47      Patron: Barbara A. Favola  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm transfers to another person from a prohibited person. Provides that a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because such person is subject to a protective order or has been convicted of an assault and battery of a family or household member may transfer a firearm owned by such prohibited person to any person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing such firearm, provided that such person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing such firearm is 21 years of age or older and does not reside with the person who is subject to the protective order. Under current law, there is no requirement that such transferee cannot be younger than 21 years of age and cannot reside with such prohibited person. The bill also provides that such prohibited person who transfers, sells, or surrenders a firearm pursuant to the provisions of the bill shall inform the clerk of the court of the name and address of the transferee, the federally licensed firearms dealer, or the law-enforcement agency in possession of the firearm and shall provide a copy of such form to the transferee. The bill also provides that a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because such person is subject to a protective order or has been convicted of an assault and battery of a family or household member shall be advised that a law-enforcement officer may obtain a search warrant to search for any firearms from such person if such law-enforcement officer has reason to believe that such person has not relinquished all firearms in his possession.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a person with a protective order against them or a person with a domestic violence conviction to surrender, sell, or turn their guns over to someone 21-years-old or older and someone who does not live with them. It requires the person to be advised that if a police officer believes they have not turned over all their guns, that the officer can get a search warrant to look for any such guns. There are multiple problems with the bill as written. If a husband and wife co-own a shotgun for home defense, for example, and the husband gets a protective order issued against him, the wife would no longer have access to that co-owned shotgun. That punishes the wife and needlessly endangers her life. There is also the question of not allowing a person 18 to 20-years-old to retain the guns. A person in that age range can legally possess rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Why can.t young adults be used to hold the guns?
12/21/23  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104086D
12/21/23  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/23/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/24/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N)
01/25/24  Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/25/24  Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N)
 
HB2      Patron: Dan I. Helmer  -  all patrons                                       
Purchase, sale, transfer, etc., of assault firearms and certain ammunition feeding devices prohibited; penalty. Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who imports, sells, manufactures, purchases, or transfers an assault firearm, as that term is defined in the bill, and prohibits a person who has been convicted of such violation from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm for a period of three years from the date of conviction. The bill provides that an assault firearm does not include any firearm that is an antique firearm, has been rendered permanently inoperable, is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action, or was manufactured before July 1, 2024. The bill also prohibits the sale of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, as that term is defined in the bill. The bill provides that any person who willfully and intentionally (i) sells an assault firearm to another person or (ii) purchases an assault firearm from another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and that any person who imports, sells, barters, or transfers a large capacity ammunition feeding device is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person younger than 21 years of age to import, sell, manufacture, purchase, possess, transport, or transfer an assault firearm regardless of the date of manufacture of such assault firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits the sale, possession, transfer, and transport of an 'assault firearm' made on or after July 1, 2024. It also prohibits sales, possession, transfer, and transport of an 'assault firearm' to anyone under the age of 21. Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and were made on or after July 1, 2024 are prohibited. The U.S. Supreme Court has said in both DC v Heller, and recently The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen, that any firearm 'in common use' is protected by the Second Amendment. The guns and magazines targeted by this bill are among the most common guns and magazines in the United States making this bill unconstitutional.
11/20/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101034D
11/20/23  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (11-Y 9-N)
01/19/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/24/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/29/24  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 10-N)
01/29/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24105958D-H1
01/31/24  House: Read first time
02/01/24  House: Read second time
02/01/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24105958D-H1
02/01/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2H1
02/02/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/02/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 4-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24107889D-S1
02/19/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
SB57      Patron: Saddam Azlan Salim  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant; penalty. Makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor for any person, except for active and qualified retired law-enforcement officers, to carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club for which a license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has been granted by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. Under current law, a concealed handgun permit holder may carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club that sells alcoholic beverages, but he is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor if he consumes an alcoholic beverage while on the premises.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it illegal for a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club which sells alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption. This is a classic example of a solution looking for a problem to solve. Virginia.s 680,000 permit holders, as well as hundreds of thousands of non-resident permit holders visiting Virginia, have been peaceably carrying concealed handguns in restaurants and clubs that serve alcohol since 2010.
12/26/23  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103837D
12/26/23  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/06/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 18-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/14/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/22/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
 
HB173      Patron: Marcus B. Simon  -  all patrons                                       

Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of plastic firearms and unfinished frames or receivers and unserialized firearms prohibited; penalties. Creates a Class 5 felony for any person who knowingly manufactures or assembles, imports, purchases, sells, transfers, or possesses any firearm that, after removal of all parts other than a major component, as defined in the bill, is not detectable as a firearm when subjected to inspection by the types of detection devices, including X-ray machines, commonly used at airports, government buildings, schools, correctional facilities, and other locations for security screening. The bill updates language regarding the types of detection devices that are used at such locations for detecting plastic firearms. Under current law, it is unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, transfer, or possess any plastic firearm and a violation is punishable as a Class 5 felony.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes unfinished firearm frames and receivers and unserialized commercially made firearms unlawful to purchase, sell, or transfer unless serialized. Even a chunk of aluminum, if sold to the public to become a frame or receiver once completed, must be serialized under this bill. The bill doesn't make an exception for the millions of firearms made before 1968 that were unserialized nor does it grandfather in existing homemade firearms. This bill is unconstitutional, as there was no analog in the history or traditions of firearms with any such limitations at the time the Bill of Rights was adopted. Homemade guns have been legal since before the United States existed.
01/03/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104103D
01/03/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 3-N)
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 9-N)
01/19/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24105692D-H1
01/19/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/24/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/29/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 9-N)
01/31/24  House: Read first time
02/01/24  House: Read second time
02/01/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24105692D-H1
02/01/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB173H1
02/02/24  House: Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/02/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 5-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24107868D-S1
02/19/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
SB99      Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons                                       

Carrying assault firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty. Prohibits the carrying of certain semi-automatic center-fire rifles and shotguns on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, or public right-of-way or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public, with certain exceptions. Under current law, the current prohibition on carrying certain shotguns and semi-automatic center-fire rifles and pistols applies to a narrower range of firearms, only in certain localities, and only when such firearms are loaded.



VCDL Comments
This bill bans the carry of 1) a semiautomatic centerfire rifle or pistol that has a fixed magazine that holds more than 10 rounds or 2) a semiautomatic centerfire rifle or pistol that accepts a detachable magazine of any size and has any of a variety of cosmetic features or 3) a semi-automatic shotgun with any of a variety of cosmetic features, on or about a person on a public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, in a park, or in any place open to the public. It doesn.t matter if the firearm is unloaded. Concealed handgun permit holders and licensed security guards are no longer exempt from this code section, even though neither one has caused any legal issues by carrying such loaded firearms publicly for over a decade. Of course, the government, our servant, exempts itself from all this nonsense. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that citizens have the right to carry firearms outside of their homes and in public, so this bill is unconstitutional on its face.
01/03/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100968D
01/03/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 5-N)
01/31/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24105953D-S1
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Read second time
02/02/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/02/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24105953D-S1
02/02/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB99S1
02/05/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/16/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107774D-H1
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107774D-H1
02/21/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB99H1
02/21/24  House: Passed House with substitute (52-Y 48-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
 
HB797      Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons                                       

Demonstrated competence for a concealed handgun permit; firearms instructors and safety programs. Requires that any course, class, or training to demonstrate competence with a handgun as required to obtain a concealed handgun permit must include a live fire shooting exercise conducted on a range, including the expenditure of a minimum of 10 rounds of ammunition, and provides that no course, class, or training that does not include such live fire shooting exercise meets the requirements to obtain a concealed handgun permit. The bill removes references to the National Rifle Association (the NRA) and the United States Concealed Carry Association from the Code that allow the organizations to certify ranges and instructors and for courses offered by them to serve as proof of demonstrated competence in firearms safety and training for the purpose of obtaining a concealed handgun permit or receiving training as a minor in the use of pneumatic guns.

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VCDL Comments
This bill removes firearm courses offered by the National Rifle Association or the United States Concealed Carry Association or their instructors from the list of courses that satisfy the training requirement to get a concealed handgun permit, among other things. The NRA has been known for its top-notch firearm training since its inception. The bill also requires all courses to have a range session in which at least ten rounds of ammunition are fired. This bill will make it harder and more expensive for a person to get training, which is not a good thing, and it is clearly a mean-spirited vendetta against the National Rifle Association, as it even removes the option of someone getting an NRA license plate! Another solution to a non-existent problem.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104454D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Amendments by Delegate Hope agreed to
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB797E
02/07/24  House: Printed as engrossed 24104454D-E
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
HB798      Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons                                       
Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearm following an assault and battery or stalking violation; prohibition period; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, or stalking from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. The prohibition expires five years after the date of conviction, at which point the person's firearm rights are restored, unless he receives another disqualifying conviction. A person who violates the provisions of the bill is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also extends from three years to five years the existing prohibition period for persons convicted of assault and battery of certain family or household members.



VCDL Comments
This bill takes away a person's civil right to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm for a misdemeanor conviction of simple assault, assault and battery, and stalking for five years. No misdemeanor, which by definition is a minor crime, should ever be used to take away anyone's civil rights.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104514D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N)
02/09/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
HB799      Patron: Patrick A. Hope  -  all patrons                                       

Concealed handgun permit applications; fingerprints required by local governments. Requires an applicant for a concealed handgun permit or a renewal of such permit to submit fingerprints as part of the application. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025.

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VCDL Comments
This bill adds fingerprinting as a requirement for getting a concealed handgun permit.This will increase the cost of getting a permit, put a burden on new and renewing applicants to appear at a police station during working hours, and is totally unnecessary. The previous fingerprinting requirement was repealed well over a decade ago and permit holders continue to be the most law-abiding of Virginia'citizens. Another bill intended to make it harder for citizens to get a concealed carry permit.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104511D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 4-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB799E
02/07/24  House: Printed as engrossed 24104511D-E
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (50-Y 47-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (50-Y 47-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
SB210      Patron: Russet Perry  -  all patrons                                       

Manufacture, importation, sale, etc., of auto sears; prohibition; penalty. Prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale or offer to sell, possession, transfer, or transportation of an auto sear, defined in the bill as a device, other than a trigger activator, for use in converting a semi-automatic firearm to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. A violation is punishable as a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides for the forfeiture of any auto sear concealed, possessed, transported, or carried in violation of the prohibition.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes 'auto sears' including legally owned and registered auto sears illegal after July 1, 2024 '� no grandfathering. Auto sears convert a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm. Auto sears are considered machine guns by themselves and are already illegal under federal law if they were made after 1986 or are not registered with the federal government. Legally owned auto sears, which are extremely expensive due to a very limited quantity that can be owned, are not being used to commit crimes. There is no reason to ban legally owned and federally registered auto sears.
01/08/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101801D
01/08/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 4-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24106016D-S1
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 3-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Read second time
02/02/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/02/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24106016D-S1
02/02/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB210S1
02/05/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/16/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107820D-H1
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107820D-H1
02/21/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB210H1
02/21/24  House: Passed House with substitute (89-Y 2-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (89-Y 2-N)
 
SB258      Patron: Scott A. Surovell  -  all patrons                                       

Substantial risk orders; substantial risk factors and considerations. Provides various factors that a judge or magistrate must consider for the purpose of determining probable cause prior to issuing an emergency substantial risk order or a substantial risk order. The bill provides that such factors shall include whether the person who is subject to the order (i) committed any acts of violence or criminal offenses resulting in injury to himself or another person within the six months prior to the filing of the petition; (ii) made any threats or used any physical force against another person that resulted in injury within the six months prior to the filing of the petition; (iii) violated any provision of a protective order issued or was arrested for stalking within the six months prior to the filing of the petition; (iv) was convicted of any offense that would prohibit such person from possessing a firearm; (v) engaged in any conduct within the year prior to the filing of the petition that demonstrated a pattern of violent acts or threats to another person, including any acts or threats made against family members, neighbors, coworkers, or toward schools or students or government buildings or employees; (vi) committed any acts of violence or criminal offenses against an animal within the six months prior to the filing of the petition; (vii) made any attempt or threat of suicide or any act, attempted act, or threat of self-harm that caused or may have caused serious bodily injury; or (viii) recently acquired a firearm or ammunition, with evidence of such recent acquisition provided by the petitioner. The bill also outlines various other factors that a judge or magistrate may consider for the purpose of issuing an emergency substantial risk order or a substantial risk order. The bill also provides that possession includes actual access or the potential to readily access a firearm for the purposes of finding if a person possesses a firearm or if such firearm shall be voluntarily relinquished.



VCDL Comments
This bill expands the items a judge shall consider and may consider for ESROs and SROs. ESROs and SROs are unconstitutional due to their lack of due process before a person's civirights are taken away. But this bill is also unconstitutional because it confiscates the firearms of third parties living in the same home, even if those firearms are locked away from the target of the SRO. Someone living with a felon can keep their guns as long as the felon doesn't have access to them. Why would this be any different?
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102865D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (9-Y 6-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Read second time
02/05/24  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/05/24  Senate: Committee amendments #'s 2, 3 and 4 agreed to
02/05/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB258E
02/05/24  Senate: Printed as engrossed 24102865D-E
02/06/24  Senate: Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/06/24  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/06/24  Senate: Committee amendment #1 agreed to
02/06/24  Senate: Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB258E2
02/06/24  Senate: Printed as reengrossed 24102865D-E2
02/06/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/06/24  Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/24  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
02/16/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/22/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
 
SB273      Patron: Suhas Subramanyam  -  all patrons                                       

Purchase of firearms; waiting period; penalty. Provides that no person shall sell a firearm unless at least five days have elapsed from the time the prospective purchaser completes the written consent form to have a licensed dealer obtain criminal history record information, with exceptions enumerated in relevant law. This bill incorporates SB 55 and SB 551.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a person must wait five days before a purchased or rented firearm can be transferred to them. Gun sales, both private and commercial, will require a buyer to make two trips to a dealer to get the firearm, and such trips could be lengthy. The bill will also do severe harm to gun shows, as most are only two days long and would therefore require all purchasers to travel to a gun store, possibly across the state, to pick up the firearm. There are many sad cases where someone who urgently needed a firearm for self-defense was murdered while in the waiting period. California has a 10-day waiting period, with plenty of mass murders and a violent crime rate double that of Virginia in 2022. Virginia has the 9th lowest crime rate in the U.S. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/200445/reportedviolent- crime-rate-in-the-us-states/). So much for the promise to citizens that the system would be an 'instant check.'
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104597D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24106020D-S1
01/22/24  Senate: Incorporates SB55 (Salim)
01/22/24  Senate: Incorporates SB551 (Deeds)
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Read second time
02/02/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/02/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24106020D-S1
02/02/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB273S1
02/05/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)
 
SB2      Patron: R. Creigh Deeds  -  all patrons                                       

Purchase, possession, sale, transfer, etc., of assault firearms and certain ammunition feeding devices prohibited; penalty. Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who imports, sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses, transports, or transfers an assault firearm, as that term is defined in the bill, and prohibits a person who has been convicted of such violation from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm for a period of three years from the date of conviction. The bill provides that an assault firearm does not include any firearm that is an antique firearm, has been rendered permanently inoperable, is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action, or was manufactured before July 1, 2024. The bill also prohibits the sale of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, as that term is defined in the bill. The bill provides that any person who willfully and intentionally (i) sells an assault firearm to another person or (ii) purchases an assault firearm from another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and that any person who imports, sells, barters, or transfers a large capacity ammunition feeding device is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person younger than 21 years of age to import, sell, manufacture, purchase, possess, transport, or transfer an assault firearm regardless of the date of manufacture of such assault firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits the sale, possession, transfer, and transport of an 'assault firearm' made on or after July 1, 2024. It also prohibits sales, possession, transfer, and transport of an 'assault firearm' to anyone under the age of 21. Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and were made on or after July 1, 2024 are prohibited. The U.S. Supreme Court has said in both DC v Heller, and recently The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen, that any firearm 'in common use' is protected by the Second Amendment. The guns and magazines targeted by this bill are among the most common guns and magazines in the United States making this bill unconstitutional.
11/20/23  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100411D
11/20/23  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (10-Y 5-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/05/24  Senate: Read second time
02/05/24  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/05/24  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB2E
02/05/24  Senate: Printed as engrossed 24100411D-E
02/06/24  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/07/24  Senate: Pending question, not ordered (18-Y 22-N)
02/07/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/16/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107815D-H1
02/20/24  House: Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/20/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 10-N)
 
HB861      Patron: Phil M. Hernandez  -  all patrons                                       

Weapons; possession or transportation; facility that provides mental health services or developmental services; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly possess in or transport into the building of any hospital that provides mental health services or developmental services in the Commonwealth, including an emergency department or other facility rendering emergency medical care, any (i) firearm or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) knife, except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of less than three inches; or (iii) other dangerous weapon, including explosives and stun weapons. The bill also provides that notice of such prohibitions shall be posted conspicuously at the public entrance of any hospital and no person shall be convicted of the offense if such notice is not posted, unless such person had actual notice of the prohibitions. The bill provides that any such firearm, knife, explosive, or weapon shall be subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeited to the Commonwealth and specifies exceptions to the prohibition.

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VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits firearms in facilities that provide mental health services or developmental services, including hospitals, emergencydepartments, or emergency medical care facilities, if they offer such services. Disarming visitors and guests, including concealed handgun permit holders, at such facilities violates their right to protect themselves in an emergency. A U.S. District Court in the 2nd Circuit has restrained enforcement of just such a law for beingunconstitutional under New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen Supreme Court ruling.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101429D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/24  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
01/19/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/23/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 3-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106763D-H1
02/02/24  House: Incorporates HB23 (Laufer)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time
02/07/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24106763D-H1
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB861H1
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (7-Y 4-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
 
SB515      Patron: Angelia Williams Graves  -  all patrons                                       

Weapons; possession or transportation; hospital that provides mental health services or developmental services; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly possess in or transport into the building of any hospital that provides mental health services or developmental services in the Commonwealth, including an emergency department or other facility rendering emergency medical care, any (i) firearm or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) knife, except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of less than three inches; or (iii) other dangerous weapon, including explosives and stun weapons. The bill also provides that notice of such prohibitions shall be posted conspicuously at the public entrance of any hospital and no person shall be convicted of the offense if such notice is not posted, unless such person had actual notice of the prohibitions. The bill provides that any such firearm, knife, explosive, or weapon shall be subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeited to the Commonwealth and specifies exceptions to the prohibition.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits firearms in facilities that provide mental health services or developmental services, including hospitals, emergencydepartments, or emergency medical care facilities, if they offer such services. Disarming visitors and guests, including concealed handgun permit holders, at such facilities violates their right to protect themselves in an emergency. A U.S. District Court in the 2nd Circuit has restrained enforcement of just such a law for beingunconstitutional under New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen Supreme Court ruling.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101827D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
01/31/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24106820D-S1
01/31/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Read second time
02/09/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/09/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24106820D-S1
02/09/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB515S1
02/12/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
 
SB522      Patron: Angelia Williams Graves  -  all patrons                                       
Purchase of firearms; demonstrated competence with a firearm or completion of a firearms safety or training course; penalty. Requires that a prospective purchaser of a firearm present proof that such prospective purchaser has demonstrated competence with a firearm or completed a firearms safety or training course, as specified in the bill, within the past five years.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a person to have firearms training or to show firearms competence within the last 5 years to be able to purchase a firearm. A similar law in Maryland was struck down by the courts as unconstitutional under the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen Supreme Court ruling.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104570D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/05/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/22/24  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025 by voice vote
 
HB585      Patron: Candi Mundon King  -  all patrons                                       
Home-based firearms dealers; prohibited near schools; penalties. Provides that no home-based firearms dealer, as defined in the bill, shall be engaged in the business of selling, trading, or transferring firearms at wholesale or retail within 1.5 miles of any elementary or middle school, including buildings and grounds. The bill provides that any person who willfully violates such prohibition is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor for a first offense and guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense.



VCDL Comments
This bill prevents home-based gun dealers from operating with 1.5 miles of any elementary or middle school. This bill will put most home-based firearms dealers out of business for no reason. Firearms dealers are highly regulated and such a business operating out of a home is not going to have a storefront that even indicates guns are available there. How many convenience stores that sell alcohol or vaping products are within 1.5 miles of a school? Children can wander into a convenience store, but not a home-based gun business. This bill is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104573D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
01/26/24  House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/30/24  House: Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/02/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (12-Y 10-N)
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 47-N)
02/08/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 47-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
 
Bills We Oppose

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
SB44      Patron: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg  -  all patrons                                       

Abuse and neglect of children; causing or enabling child to gain possession of a firearm; penalty. Creates a Class 5 felony for any parent, guardian, or other person who is 18 years of age or older and is responsible for the care of a child under the age of 18 whose willful act or omission causes or enables that child to gain possession of a firearm (i) after having received notice of a preliminary determination, pursuant to relevant law, that such child poses a threat of violence or physical harm to self or others or (ii) when such parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of the child knows or reasonably should know that such child has been charged with, either by warrant or petition, convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent of a violent juvenile felony.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a gun owner to allow a minor to possess a firearm and that firearm is then either used unlawfully, possessed in a school zone, or intentionally or negligently used to cause bodily injury to the minor or to another person. It is also a Class 1 misdemeanor if a firearm owner knows there is a minor in the home, doesn.t secure a firearm, the a minor gets access to the firearm, takes that firearm outside the home, and the firearm is either used in an unlawful manner, possessed in a school zone, or used to cause bodily injury to the minor or another person. It is a Class 5 felony if the gun owner provides a firearm to a minor, or allows a minor to get access to an unsecured firearm, knowing either the minor in the home has been determined to be a moderate to imminent threat risk by a school or the minor has been charged with, convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent of a juvenile felony. There are too many ways that a parent could be unreasonably charged under this bill. For example, there is no exception for self-defense. There are plenty of cases where minors have used guns to stop home invaders or stop a violent attack on a family member. The term .close proximity. is vague as is the standard for school-initiated threat assessment. This bill really applies to minors aged 14 to 17, as 18.2-56.2 already covers those age 14 and under. We don.t hold parents of 14 to 17-year-olds responsible if their minor steals a car and goes joy riding, commits a robbery, or burglarizes a home. The minor is held responsible for their actions and the adults are charged only if they conspired with the minor to commit the crime.
12/19/23  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100621D
12/19/23  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N 2-A)
01/31/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24106369D-S1
01/31/24  Senate: Substitute bill reprinted 24106369D-S1
01/31/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/08/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24107464D-S2
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/12/24  Senate: Read second time
02/12/24  Senate: Courts of Justice Committee substitute rejected 24106369D-S1
02/12/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/12/24  Senate: Finance and Appropriations Committee substitute agreed to 24107464D-S2
02/12/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB44S2
02/13/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (13-Y 9-N)
02/20/24  House: Read second time
02/21/24  House: Read third time
02/21/24  House: Passed House (55-Y 43-N)
02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N)
 
HB36      Patron: Rodney T. Willett  -  all patrons                                       

Abuse and neglect of children; causing or enabling child to gain possession of a firearm; penalty. Creates a Class 5 felony for any parent, guardian, or other person who is 18 years of age or older and is responsible for the care of a child under the age of 18 whose willful act or omission causes or enables that child to gain possession of a firearm (i) after having received notice of a preliminary determination, pursuant to relevant law, that such child poses a threat of violence or physical harm to self or others or (ii) when such parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of the child knows or reasonably should know that such child has been charged with, either by warrant or petition, convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent of a violent juvenile felony.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a gun owner to allow a minor to possess a firearm and that firearm is then either used unlawfully, possessed in a school zone, or intentionally or negligently used to cause bodily injury to the minor or to another person. It is also a Class 1 misdemeanor if a firearm owner knows there is a minor in the home, doesn.t secure a firearm, the a minor gets access to the firearm, takes that firearm outside the home, and the firearm is either used in an unlawful manner, possessed in a school zone, or used to cause bodily injury to the minor or another person. It is a Class 5 felony if the gun owner provides a firearm to a minor, or allows a minor to get access to an unsecured firearm, knowing either the minor in the home has been determined to be a moderate to imminent threat risk by a school or the minor has been charged with, convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent of a juvenile felony. There are too many ways that a parent could be unreasonably charged under this bill. For example, there is no exception for self-defense. There are plenty of cases where minors have used guns to stop home invaders or stop a violent attack on a family member. The term .close proximity. is vague as is the standard for school-initiated threat assessment. This bill really applies to minors aged 14 to 17, as 18.2-56.2 already covers those age 14 and under. We don.t hold parents of 14 to 17-year-olds responsible if their minor steals a car and goes joy riding, commits a robbery, or burglarizes a home. The minor is held responsible for their actions and the adults are charged only if they conspired with the minor to commit the crime.
12/19/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101071D
12/19/23  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/24  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/02/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/09/24  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/09/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107583D-H1
02/11/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time
02/12/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107583D-H1
02/12/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB36H1
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
SB363      Patron: Adam P. Ebbin  -  all patrons                                       
Removing, altering, etc., serial number on firearm; selling, giving, etc., or possessing firearm with removed, altered, etc., serial number; penalties. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person, firm, association, or corporation to knowingly possess any pistol, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, or any other firearm, except for an antique firearm, that has a serial number that has been removed, altered, changed, destroyed, or obliterated in any manner. The bill also makes it a Class 6 felony for any person, firm, association, or corporation to knowingly sell, give, or distribute any pistol, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, or any other firearm, except for an antique firearm, that has a serial number that has been removed, altered, changed, destroyed, or obliterated in any manner.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it illegal for a person, association, or corporation to knowingly possess or sell a firearm which has had the serial number removed, altered, changed, destroyed, or obliterated. Making it illegal to alter a serial number was recently struck down by a federal judge in neighboring West Virginia as unconstitutional, since serial numbers weren't even required on firearms until 1968.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104269D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/22/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/05/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/14/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/22/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
 
SB484      Patron: Lashrecse D. Aird  -  all patrons                                       
Public schools; certain local school divisions; youth and community violence prevention; Community Builders Pilot Program and Fund established; report. Establishes the Community Builders Pilot Program and Fund for the purpose of reducing youth involvement in behaviors that lead to gun violence and increasing community engagement among public school students by providing to students who are entering the eighth grade and enrolled in Roanoke City Public Schools and Petersburg City Public Schools opportunities during the school year after regular school hours and during the summer months for community engagement, workforce development, postsecondary education exploration, and social-emotional education and development. The bill provides that the school boards of Roanoke City Public Schools and Petersburg City Public Schools shall be responsible for the administration of the Program and are directed to collect data and report to the Governor and relevant committees of the General Assembly by November 1 of each year on the progress of the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2027.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a Community Builders Program and Fund to reduce youth involvement that leads to 'gun violence.' Words mean things. By focusing only on violence through the misuse of firearms, the program isn't concerned with violence using knives, clubs, bats, etc. Reducing youth violence is laudable and the bill would be fine if it just focused on all kinds of violence and not make it just about guns.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104736D
01/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/24  Senate: Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/01/24  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/01/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N)
02/08/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/09/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/24  House: Read first time
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/19/24  House: Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 1-N)
02/19/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24107862D-H1
02/21/24  House: Read second time
 
HB498      Patron: Laura Jane Cohen  -  all patrons                                       

School board policies; parental notification; safe storage of firearms in the household. Requires each local school board to develop and implement a policy to require the annual notification of the parent of each student enrolled in the local school division, to be sent by email and, if applicable, SMS text message within 30 calendar days succeeding the first day of each school year, of the parent's legal responsibility to safely store any firearm present in the household, risks associated with improperly stored firearms, statistics relating to firearm-related accidents, injuries, and death among youth, and other tips and strategies. The bill requires each school board to make such parental notification available in multiple languages on its website.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires schools to notify parents by text and on the school's website, with 30-days of the start of school, that the parents are responsible for making sure they have secured their firearms from their children, as required under 18.2-56.2. That part of this bill is acceptable as it is simply advising parents on current law. But the bill crosses the line into advocacy when it starts pushing firearm statistics, which are often misrepresented or misleading; tells parents to talk to other parentsabout guns; and even lectures parents on how to behave around their own children! Government should not be doing advocacy.
01/08/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104999D
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/24  House: Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
01/23/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 2-N)
01/24/24  House: Reported from Education with amendment(s) (13-Y 8-N)
01/26/24  House: Read first time
01/29/24  House: Read second time
01/29/24  House: Committee amendment agreed to
01/29/24  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB498E
01/29/24  House: Printed as engrossed 24104999D-E
01/30/24  House: Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
01/30/24  House: VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N)
01/31/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/15/24  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 6-N)
02/16/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/24  Senate: Read third time
02/19/24  Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N)
 
HB626      Patron: Sam Rasoul  -  all patrons                                       

Public schools; certain local school divisions; youth and community violence prevention; Community Builders Pilot Program established; report. Establishes the Community Builders Pilot Program for the purpose of reducing youth involvement in behaviors that lead to gun violence and increasing community engagement among public school students by providing to students who are entering the eighth grade and enrolled in Roanoke City Public Schools and Petersburg City Public Schools opportunities during the school year after regular school hours and during the summer months for community engagement, workforce development, postsecondary education exploration, and social-emotional education and development. The bill provides that the school boards of Roanoke City Public Schools and Petersburg City Public Schools shall be responsible for the administration of the Program and are directed to collect data and report to the Governor and relevant committees of the General Assembly by November 1 of each year on the progress of the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2027.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a Community Builders Program and Fund to reduce youth involvement that leads to 'gun violence.' Words mean things. By focusing only on violence through the misuse of firearms, the program isn't concerned with violence using knives, clubs, bats, etc. Reducing youth violence is laudable and the bill would be fine if it just focused on all kinds of violence and not make it just about guns.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104516D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/24  House: Referred from Rules by voice vote
01/26/24  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/29/24  House: Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
01/30/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/24  House: Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N)
01/31/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/05/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/24  House: Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time
02/12/24  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/12/24  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB626E
02/12/24  House: Printed as engrossed 24104516D-E
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
 
SB225      Patron: Stella G. Pekarsky  -  all patrons                                       
School board policies; parental notification; safe storage of firearms in the household. Requires each local school board to develop and implement a policy to require the annual notification of the parent of each student enrolled in the local school division, to be sent by email and SMS text message within 30 calendar days succeeding the first day of each school year, of the parent's legal responsibility to safely store any firearm present in the household, risks associated with improperly stored firearms, statistics relating to firearm-related accidents, injuries, and death among youth, and other tips and strategies. The bill requires each school board to make such parental notification available in multiple languages on its website.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires schools to notify parents by text and on the school's website, with 30-days of the start of school, that the parents are responsible for making sure they have secured their firearms from their children, as required under 18.2-56.2. That part of this bill isacceptable as it is simply advising parents on current law. But the bill crosses the line into advocacy when it starts pushing firearm statistics, which are often misrepresented or misleading; tells parents to talk to other parentsabout guns; and even lectures parents on how to behave around their own children! Government should not be doing advocacy.
01/08/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104957D
01/08/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/17/24  Senate: Rereferred from Courts of Justice (11-Y 0-N)
01/17/24  Senate: Rereferred to Education and Health
01/24/24  Senate: Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/01/24  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 6-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/05/24  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/06/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 16-N)
02/13/24  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/24  House: Read first time
02/13/24  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/24  House: Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/20/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/21/24  House: Reported from Education with substitute (14-Y 8-N)
02/21/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24108005D-H1
 
 
Bills We Are Currently Neutral On

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB351      Patron: Nadarius E. Clark  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm locking device required for purchase of a firearm; households where minor resides; penalty. Requires any person who purchases a firearm to either (i) purchase a locking device for such firearm if such person resides in the same household as a minor or (ii) complete a certification statement on a form provided by the Department of State Police, under penalty of perjury, certifying that he does not reside in the same household as a minor, with exceptions enumerated in the bill. Accordingly, the bill provides that it is unlawful for any licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any firearm to any person, other than a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer, unless the transferee (a) purchases a locking device for such firearm if such person resides in the same household as a minor or (b) completes a certification statement on a form provided by the Department of State Police, under penalty of perjury, certifying that he does not reside in the same household as a minor. A violation of either provision is a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires a person to either purchase a locking device when they purchase a firearm or provide a sworn statement to the Virginia State Police saying they don.t live in a home with a minor. A dealer has to make sure the purchaser of a firearm doesn.t have any minors in the home, or the dealer will be required to sell the gun with a safety lock. This bill isn.t going to magically turn irresponsible people into responsible people, so it.s effect won.t be significant. Law-enforcement officers. duty weapons are exempted, but what about THEIR children? It is absolutely possible for a child to get access to an officer.s duty weapon when he is not on duty. Some examples: https://kdvr.com/news/problem-solvers/no-punishment-for-detective-after-teenage-son-uses-duty-weapon-to-shoot-homes/, https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/12/24/police-officer-toddler-son-shoots-self-fathers-gun-orig.cnn
01/05/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101242D
01/05/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
01/26/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 10-N)
02/09/24  House: Read first time
02/12/24  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N)
02/14/24  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
 
 
Bills That Have Been Rolled Into Other Bills, Continued to Next Year, Withdrawn or Killed

 
Bill Summary Bill Status
HB791      Patron: Rozia A. Henson, Jr.  -  all patrons                                       
Pneumatic guns; penalties. Makes it a Class 6 felony to possess a pneumatic gun upon (i) the property of any child day center or public, private, or religious preschool or elementary, middle, or high school, including buildings and grounds; (ii) that portion of any property open to the public and then exclusively used for school-sponsored functions or extracurricular activities while such functions or activities are taking place; or (iii) any school bus owned or operated by any such school.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes it a Class 6 felony to possesses a pneumatic gun, such as an Airsoft gun, on school property. The pneumatic gun can be left in a vehicle if it is unloaded and in a closedcontainer. CHP holders can have a loaded,concealed pneumatic gun in their vehicle as long as the CHP holder stays in the vehicle. This bill is a solution in search of a problem and treats BB guns as if they are firearms, which they are not.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104704D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 4-N)
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/26/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
01/26/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106299D-H1
01/26/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/24  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106359D-H2
02/06/24  House: Read first time
02/07/24  House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/07/24  House: Rereferred to Public Safety
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
SB319      Patron: Saddam Azlan Salim  -  all patrons                                       
Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearm following an assault and battery against a person in a dating relationship with the alleged offender, penalty. Provides that any person who knowingly and intentionally purchases, possesses, or transports any firearm following a misdemeanor conviction for an offense that occurred on or after July 1, 2024, for the offense of assault and battery against a person in a dating relationship, as defined in the bill, with the alleged offender or an offense substantially similar under the laws of any other state or of the United States is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.



VCDL Comments
This bill makes battery in a 'datinrelationship' a misdemeanor and takes away the right to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm for three years. Misdemeanors should never take away a civil right. This will also not stand up to court challenge under the Supreme Court's Bruen decision as there was no history or tradition of taking away a person's right to keep and bear arms over misdemeanor battery of anyone.
01/09/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103937D
01/10/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB642-Perry) (15-Y 0-N)
 
HB389      Patron: Timothy P. Griffin (by request)  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. 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 would bring 'Constitutional Carry' to Virginia. It allows someone without a concealed handgun permit, but who would qualify for one, to carry a concealed handgun anywhere they could lawfully open carry a handgun. Twenty-seven states now have Constitutional Carry, none have repealed it, and more states are expected to follow suit this year. Neighboring Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia are all Constitutional Carry states.
01/08/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103283D
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB390      Patron: Timothy P. Griffin (by request)  -  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.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows someone protected by a protective order, and not otherwise prohibited, to carry a concealed handgun without needing a concealed handgun permit for 45 days after the order is issued, or until the order expires or is dissolved, whichever comes first. If the protected person applies for a concealed handgun permit during this period, the permit process will be expedited, and the person can continue to carry a concealed handgun until the permit is approved. This bill provides a person under an unexpected threat to be able to discretely carry a handgun to protect themselves in case the protective order is violated, and the protected person is in danger. It also provides a disincentive for the target of the protective order to violate that order with the intent to do harm.
01/08/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103373D
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB395      Patron: Timothy P. Griffin (by request)  -  all patrons                                       
Enhanced concealed handgun permit. Provides that any person 21 years of age or older who applies for a concealed handgun permit may elect to apply for an enhanced concealed handgun permit. The bill provides that such permit would allow a person who has been issued an enhanced concealed handgun permit to carry a firearm any place a law-enforcement officer may carry a firearm. The bill provides that to obtain such enhanced concealed handgun permit, a person must demonstrate competence with a handgun and such demonstration shall include a live fire shooting exercise conducted on a range with the expenditure of a minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a new type of concealed handgun permit, called an enhanced concealed handgun permit. In addition to classroom training, the enhanced permit courses will require the applicant to shoot a minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition. A person with an enhanced concealed handgun permit can carry anywhere a law-enforcement officer may carry a firearm. Currently there are seven states with enhanced permits: Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and neighboring Tennessee.
01/08/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103554D
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (8-Y 2-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB11      Patron: R. Lee Ware  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying concealed weapons; knives. Clarifies the types of knives that are prohibited from being carried in a concealed manner.



VCDL Comments
This bill updates Virginia.s knife laws to remove the remaining restrictions on carrying concealed dirks, bowie knives, stiletto knives, and razors. There is no clear definition of these knives and that could ensnare otherwise law-abiding citizens who carry a knife every day for work in a restaurant, on a farm, in a factory, for recreation, like hunting, fishing, camping, or for many other legitimate reasons. Most people carry a knife of some kind every single day. It is fundamentally unjust to expect citizens to try to figure out if the knife they carry everyday meets some nebulous prohibition in Virginia law. It is mostly minorities who are arrested for this victimless crime. With strong bipartisan support, the past two sessions have seen repeal of bans on automatically opening knives (switchblades) enacted. It is time to finish this effort by removing the last remaining bans on concealed carry of knives.
12/06/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101763D
12/06/23  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Tabled in Public Safety (12-Y 9-N)
 
HB23      Patron: Amy J. Laufer  -  all patrons                                       
Weapons; possession or transportation; facility that provides mental health services or developmental services; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to possess in or transport into any facility that provides mental health services or developmental services in the Commonwealth, including a hospital or an emergency department or other facility rendering emergency medical care, any (i) firearm or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) knife, except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of less than three inches; or (iii) other dangerous weapon, including explosives and stun weapons. The bill provides that any such firearm, knife, explosive, or weapon is subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and specifies exceptions to the prohibition.



VCDL Comments
This bill prohibits firearms in facilities that provide mental health services or developmental services, including hospitals, emergency departments, or emergency medical care facilities, if they offer such services. Disarming visitors and guests, including concealed handgun permit holders, at such facilities violates their right to protect themselves in an emergency. A U.S. District Court in the 2nd Circuit has restrained enforcement of just such a law for being unconstitutional under New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen Supreme Court ruling.
12/14/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103473D
12/14/23  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB861-Hernandez) by voice vote
02/02/24  House: Incorporated by Public Safety (HB861-Hernandez) by voice vote
 
SB82      Patron: John J. McGuire, III  -  all patrons                                       
Concealed handgun permit; concealed weapons permit. Changes the concealed handgun permit to a concealed weapons permit. The bill provides that a person who obtains a concealed weapons permit may carry such concealed weapons in any place where a person may carry a concealed handgun with a concealed handgun permit under current law. The expanded types of weapons that may be carried concealed are specified in the bill. The bill provides that any concealed handgun permit issued prior to July 1, 2024, shall include weapons other than handguns, as such weapons are specified in the bill, and shall be treated as a concealed weapons permit.



VCDL Comments
This bill changes a concealed handgun permit to a concealed weapon permit. This change gives permit holders more options to self-defense by allowing the carry of less-lethal weapons. Florida and some other states have concealed weapon permits. Virginia had a concealed weapon permit until 1995.
01/01/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102417D
01/01/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
 
HB12      Patron: Michael J. Jones  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm locking device required for sale or transfer of handguns; child safety warning required; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any handgun to any person, other than a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer, unless the transferee is provided with a locking device for such handgun and 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. The bill provides exceptions for law-enforcement and governmental agencies.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires gun dealers to provide a handgun locking-device for handgun sales, along with a warning message in the box and on a warning label affixed to the handgun. None of this is necessary as federal law already requires a locking device be supplied by dealers for handgun purchases. The federal government also provides a safety brochure that is required to be available to purchasers. Is the State going provide the stickers and warning papers to dealers, so they don.t have to bear the additional cost for those items? Should the taxpayer have to bear this unnecessary expense? This bill would also add an additional cost for a locking device to those doing a private sale under the current Universal Background Check requirement. Oddly, the bill exempts sales to law enforcement. Since this bill is supposed to be about safety, are law enforcement families not worthy of being protected, too?
12/07/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101659D
12/07/23  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB158-McClure) by voice vote
01/26/24  House: Incorporated by Public Safety (HB158-McClure) by voice vote
 
HB319      Patron: Dan I. Helmer  -  all patrons                                       
Firearms instructors and safety programs; National Rifle Association and United States Concealed Carry Association. Removes references to the National Rifle Association (the NRA) and the United States Concealed Carry Association from the Code that allow the organizations to certify ranges and instructors and for courses offered by them to serve as proof of demonstrated competence in firearms safety and training for the purpose of obtaining a concealed handgun permit or receiving training as a minor in the use of pneumatic guns. The bill also repeals authority for special license plates in support of the NRA.



VCDL Comments
This bill takes firearm courses offered by the National Rifle Association and the United States Concealed Carry Association and any of either one's instructors off the list of courses that satisfy the training requirement to get a concealed handgun permit. The NRA has been known for its top-notch firearm training since its inception. The USCCA offers similar training courses. This bill, which seems like a personal vendetta against the NRA and the USCCA, would make it significantly harder and more expensive for permit applicants to get the training required by Virginia. If the goal is the get as many people trained as possible, this bill will do just the opposite.
01/05/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102857D
01/05/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 3-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025 by voice vote
02/07/24  House: Continued to 2025 in Appropriations by voice vote
 
SB55      Patron: Saddam Azlan Salim  -  all patrons                                       
Purchase of firearms; waiting period; penalty. Provides that no person shall sell a firearm unless at least three days have elapsed from the time the prospective purchaser completes the written consent form to have a licensed dealer obtain criminal history record information, with exceptions enumerated in relevant law.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a person must wait three days before a purchased or rented firearm can be transferred to them. Gun sales, both private and commercial, will require a buyer to make two trips to a dealer to get the firearm, and such trips could be lengthy. The bill will also do severe harm to gun shows, as most are only two days long and would therefore require all purchasers to travel to a gun store, possibly across the state, to pick up the firearm. There are many sad cases where someone who urgently needed a firearm for self-defense was murdered while in the waiting period. California has a 10-day waiting period, with plenty of mass murders and a violent crime rate double that of Virginia in 2022. Virginia has the 9th lowest crime rate in the U.S. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/200445/reported-violent-crime-rate-in-the-us-states/). So much for the promise to citizens that the system would be an 'instant check.'
12/22/23  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103771D
12/22/23  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/22/24  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB273-Subramanyam) (15-Y 0-N)
 
HB1198      Patron: Phillip A. Scott  -  all patrons                                       
Fees for resident concealed handgun permits. Eliminates the fees that may be charged for the processing of an application for or issuing of a resident concealed handgun permit, including any costs associated with the clerk's consultation with law-enforcement agencies, which under current law is $10; a fee not to exceed $35 to the law-enforcement agency conducting the background investigation; and a fee not to exceed $5 to the State Police to cover its costs associated with processing the application.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes the fee to get a resident concealed handgun permit. Since one should not have to pay a fee to exercise a right, such as a poll tax, the fee should be covered by the general fund.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102242D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB1230      Patron: Eric R. Zehr  -  all patrons                                       
Certain school board employees; possession of firearms on school property. Permits any school board to authorize any school board employee to possess a firearm on school property, in addition to those individuals expressly authorized to possess such a firearm as otherwise provided in statute, provided that any school board employee so authorized by the school board receives advanced firearms training in accordance with criteria established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The bill requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to develop and distribute to each local school board such criteria no later than August 1, 2024.



VCDL Comments
This bill any school board employee approved by the school board and training from the DCJS can carry a firearm on school property. The more good people with guns on school property, the safer the school will be. Utah allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry in their schools and has had zero school shootings.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102525D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/22/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (7-Y 1-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB945      Patron: Alfonso H. Lopez  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm safety device tax credit; definition of firearm safety device. Expands the definition of "firearm safety device" as it relates to the firearm safety device tax credit to include any device that, when installed on a firearm, is designed to prevent the firearm from being operated without first deactivating the device.



VCDL Comments
This bill expands the existing tax credit once per year, at face value, for the purchase of any locking firearm safety-device to include devices that prevent the firearm from firing until disengaged. Currently only devices used to store a firearm are covered.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101557D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB35-Clark) by voice vote
02/02/24  House: Incorporated by Public Safety (HB35-Clark) by voice vote
 
HB1181      Patron: Amy J. Laufer  -  all patrons                                       

Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program and Fund; firearm and ammunition tax. Establishes the Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (the Program) and redirects funds from the Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund (the Fund) to support such program. The bill requires the Program be administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) to distribute grants to localities and organizations for the purpose of improving public health and safety by supporting effective violence reduction initiatives in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence, particularly homicides, shootings, and aggravated assaults. The bill provides that funds may also be used to finance the hiring of counselors in public elementary and secondary schools and research initiatives that have the objective of reducing gun violence.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a 5% tax on firearms and ammunition to fund a Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program. Since this program is supposed to be for public safety, it should be paid for out of the general fund. Placing the burden on lawful gun-owners who have nothing to do with criminal behavior in the Commonwealth is both wrong and unfair.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104613D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/02/24  House: Incorporated by Public Safety (HB602-Price) by voice vote
 
HB302      Patron: Jason S. Ballard  -  all patrons                                       
Firearm safety device tax credit; definitions. Defines an "eligible transaction" for purposes of the firearm safety device tax credit as one in which a taxpayer purchases one or more firearm safety devices from a commercial retailer, as defined in the bill.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds gun safes sold by commercial retailers as eligible for an existing tax credit. Currently only gun safes sold by federal firearms licensees are eligible. This will give gun owners more diversity in gun safe models, availability, and cost.
01/05/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102281D
01/05/24  House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/24  House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/22/24  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Finance
 
HB16      Patron: Thomas A. Garrett, Jr.  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a firearm or explosive material within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth, etc.; exception for concealed handgun permit holders. Adds an exception for persons who have been issued a valid concealed handgun permit by the Commonwealth to the prohibition of carrying a firearm within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof, or any office where employees of the Commonwealth or any agency thereof are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties.



VCDL Comments
This bill repeals the prohibition on the otherwise lawful carrying of firearms by a concealed handgun permit holder in the Capitol, General Assembly Building, Capitol Square, and property that is owned or leased by the Commonwealth, such as rest stops, DMV, and ABC stores. Permit holders have been lawfully carrying in all those places for decades without incident and have a natural right to be able to defend themselves there.
12/09/23  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102389D
12/09/23  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Passed by indefinitely in Public Safety (12-Y 9-N)
 
SB56      Patron: Ryan T. McDougle  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a firearm or explosive material within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth, etc.; exceptions for law-enforcement officers. Adds an exception for off-duty law-enforcement officers to the prohibition of carrying a firearm within any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof or any office where employees of the Commonwealth or any agency thereof are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds off-duty law-enforcement officers to those who can carry in state agency buildings and offices.
12/26/23  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103135D
12/26/23  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/31/24  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
 
HB270      Patron: David A. Reid  -  all patrons                                       

Sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms and firearm magazines; Virginia Firearm Buy-Back Program and Fund established; penalties. Provides that, unless otherwise prohibited by law, any person may import, sell, transfer, manufacture, or purchase an authorized rifle, defined in the bill, in accordance with the relevant provisions of law. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony for any person to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, or purchase a restricted rifle or large-capacity firearm magazine, both defined in the bill, with certain exceptions. The bill also provides that a person is 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 restricted rifle or large-capacity firearm magazine in violation of the provisions of the bill to the person who committed the crime resulting in such injury or death.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a person must wait three days before a purchased or rented firearm can be transferred to them. The bill makes it illegal to sell, purchase, or transfer semi-automatic firearms as well as magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The bill also creates a gun buy up scheme. The ban on sales or transfers of semi-automatic firearms and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds is unconstitutional under NYRPA v. Bruen, as both are in common use and there is no historical analog to those restrictions. The buy-up program is misnamed a 'buy-back' program (the Commonwealth never owned the firearms, so it cannot buy back something it never owned or sold). The bill requires all such turned in firearms (except machine guns, short barreled rifles and shotguns) to be destroyed, instead of offering them to Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) at auction, which would put funds back in the Commonwealth.s coffers. That said, buying up firearms or other lawfully held property is not a business the Commonwealth should be in. Is the Commonwealth going to buy up, and then destroy, used automobiles so they can't be used by drunk drivers? Under this bill gun sales, both private and commercial, will require a buyer to make two trips to a dealer to get the firearm, and such trips could be lengthy. The bill will also do severe harm to gun shows, as most are only two days long and would therefore require all purchasers to travel to a gun store, possibly across the state, to pick up the firearm. There are many sad cases where someone who urgently needed a firearm for self-defense was murdered while in the waiting period. California has a 10-day waiting period, with plenty of mass murders and a violent crime rate double that of Virginia in 2022. Virginia has the 9th lowest crime rate in the U.S. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/200445/reported-violent-crime-rate-in-the-us-states/).
01/05/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100015D
01/05/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 2-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106921D-H1
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025 by voice vote
02/07/24  House: Continued to 2025 in Appropriations by voice vote
 
HB113      Patron: Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr.  -  all patrons                                       
Possession, purchase, or transportation of handgun by persons convicted of certain drug offenses and operating a boat or vehicle while intoxicated prohibited; penalty. Provides that any person who within a five-year period has been convicted of two misdemeanor driving or boating while intoxicated offenses shall be ineligible to possess, purchase, or transport a handgun. The bill also provides that any person who within a three-year period has been convicted of two misdemeanor drug offenses shall be ineligible to possess a handgun. Under current law, such person who has been convicted of two misdemeanor drug offenses is ineligible to purchase or transport a handgun. The bill also provides that any person who is convicted of a second or subsequent offense for violating the prohibition on possessing, purchasing, or transporting a handgun following convictions of these offenses shall be given the opportunity to voluntarily relinquish any firearm in his possession.



VCDL Comments
This bill takes away a person's right to possess, purchase, or transport a handgun for 5 years for a second offense of misdemeanor drunk driving and adds a prohibition for possessing a handgun to an existing prohibition on purchasing or transporting of a handgun for 5 years for a second offense of misdemeanor illegal drug possession. A person should not lose any of their basic civil rights for a misdemeanor, which is a minor crime by definition, regardless of the reasons for the misdemeanor. There is also no nexus between driving and handgun ownership. While trying to reduce drunk driving is a laudable goal, if it is so dangerous as to take away a person.s civil rights, then make the second offense a felony and the problem is solved.
01/01/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101123D
01/01/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/18/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 9-N)
01/19/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24105638D-H1
01/19/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/24/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/29/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (11-Y 10-N)
01/31/24  House: Read first time
02/01/24  House: Read second time
02/01/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24105638D-H1
02/01/24  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB113H1
02/02/24  House: Passed by for the day
02/05/24  House: Passed by for the day
02/06/24  House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/06/24  House: Rereferred to Appropriations
02/13/24  House: Left in Appropriations
 
HB289      Patron: Bill Wiley  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a concealed handgun with a permit; public parking lots. Provides that a concealed handgun permit holder may store his firearms or other weapons in a motor vehicle in a publicly or privately owned parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to property that is open to the public regardless if such firearms or weapons are prohibited by the owner of such area.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person to store firearms in their motor vehicle in a publicly or privately-owned parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to property that is open to the public. When a person has a firearm in their vehicle, they need to be able to leave that firearm in their vehicle if they cannot take it with them onto public or private property. The firearm must be left in the vehicle and the property must be open to the public.
01/05/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102808D
01/05/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
SB583      Patron: J.D. "Danny" Diggs  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a firearm or explosive material into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; exception for highway rest areas. Provides that the prohibition on carrying a firearm or explosive material in any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth shall not apply to any highway rest area.



VCDL Comments
This bill exempts highway rest areas from the state agency gun ban. Rest areas are open to the public 24 hours a day and have no special security. Since this gun ban on rest areas has been in place, 4 people were shot in a rest area on I-81: https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-rest-stop-shootinghospital- suspect-found-dead-police. People have been stabbed at rest stops: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/crime/sheriff-17-year-old-stabbed-at-virginia-rest-stop/291- 504255229 and https://patch.com/virginia/manassas/suicide-linked-manassas-rest-area-stabbing-statepolice. According to the website used by the Virginia State Police for criminal statistics, https://va.beyond2020.com/, there were 66 rest area crimes in 2020, 57 in 2021, and 82 in 2022. Those crimes include aggravated assault, negligent manslaughter, kidnapping/abduction, forceable rape, forceable sodomy, and forceable fondling.
01/10/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102648D
01/10/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/24  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
 
SB639      Patron: Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr.  -  all patrons                                       
Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Repeals the procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district court, circuit court, or juvenile and domestic relations district court judge or magistrate for an emergency substantial risk order to prohibit a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. The bill also removes the substantial risk order registry for the entry of orders issued.



VCDL Comments
This bill repeals 'Red Flag' Substantial Risk Orders (SROs). SROs don't get anyhelp for a person in crisis, they only confiscate that person's firearms. This does nothing to prevent the person from committing suicide or harming others. SROs also do not give a person a chance to defend the accusation against them for two weeks. Justice and Due Process delayed is justice and Due Process denied. Virginia's Temporary Detention Orders have existed for years and DO get a person in crisis help and they only take away a person's right to possess firearms after it is determined by medical experts that the person actually does need help.
01/11/24  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 24104108D
01/11/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/24  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
 
HB756      Patron: Wendell S. Walker  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a firearm or explosive material into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; exception for highway rest areas. Provides that the prohibition on carrying a firearm or explosive material in any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth shall not apply to any highway rest area.



VCDL Comments
This bill exempts highway rest areas from the state agency gun ban. Rest areas are open to the public 24 hours a day and have no special security. Since this gun ban on rest areas has been in place, 4 people were shot in a rest area on I-81: https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-rest-stopshooting- hospital-suspect-found-dead-police. People have been stabbed at rest stops: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/crime/sheriff-17-year-old-stabbed-at-virginia-rest-stop/291- 504255229 and https://patch.com/virginia/manassas/suicide-linked-manassas-rest-area-stabbing-statepolice. According to the website used by the Virginia State Police for criminal statistics, https://va.beyond2020.com/, there were 66 rest area crimes in 2020, 57 in 2021, and 82 in 2022. Those crimes include aggravated assault, negligent manslaughter, kidnapping/abduction, forceable rape, forceable sodomy, and forceable fondling.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102326D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/22/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB872      Patron: Mark L. Earley, Jr.  -  all patrons                                       
Property rights in parking areas owned or controlled by the Commonwealth; firearms and ammunition. Provides that with certain exceptions the Commonwealth shall not adopt or enforce any statute or regulation that prevents an employee, visitor, or contractor from storing a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle parked at any parking area owned or controlled by the Commonwealth. The bill also provides that any previously enacted statutes, promulgated regulations, policies, or rules that are inconsistent with the provisions of the bill are null and void.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows a person to store their firearm and ammunition in their private motor vehicles in public parking areas owned by the Commonwealth, with exceptions for jails, prisons, and detention centers.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102722D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB1235      Patron: Eric R. Zehr  -  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. During the period such person is authorized to carry a concealed handgun, the bill provides that the person may carry a handgun any place a law-enforcement officer may carry a firearm. 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.



VCDL Comments
This bill allows someone protected by a protective order, and not otherwise prohibited, to carry a concealed handgun without needing a concealed handgun permit for 45 days after the order is issued, or until the order expires or is dissolved, whichever comes first. If the protected person applies for a concealed handgun permit during this period, the permit process will be expedited, and the person can continue to carry a concealed handgun until the permit is approved. The protected person can carry anywhere a police officer can carry. This bill provides a person under an unexpected threat to be able to discretely carry a handgun to protect themselves in case the protective order is violated, and the protected person is in danger. It also provides a disincentive for the target of the protective order to violate that order with the intent to do harm.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102159D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/26/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025 with substitute by voice vote
02/02/24  House: Continued to 2025 in Public Safety by voice vote
 
HB1325      Patron: Kim A. Taylor  -  all patrons                                       
Criminal history record information check required for the transfer of certain firearms. Eliminates the requirement that firearms dealers must mail or deliver the written criminal history information record check consent to the Department of State Police on the last day of the week following the sale or transfer of any firearm.



VCDL Comments
This bill removes a requirement for a weekly report from gun dealers that is no longer needed.
01/11/24  House: Presented and ordered printed 24104090D
01/11/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/22/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 3-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB1321      Patron: Scott A. Wyatt  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a firearm or explosive material within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth, etc.; exceptions for law-enforcement officers. Adds an exception for off-duty law-enforcement officers to the prohibition of carrying a firearm within any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof or any office where employees of the Commonwealth or any agency thereof are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds off-duty law-enforcement officers to those who can carry in state agency buildings and offices.
01/11/24  House: Presented and ordered printed 24104703D
01/11/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/22/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 3-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
SB203      Patron: J.D. "Danny" Diggs  -  all patrons                                       
Firearms-related offenses; mandatory minimum sentences; penalty. Increases from five to 10 years for a second or subsequent offense the mandatory minimum sentences for use or display of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies.



VCDL Comments
This bill increases some penalties for the intentional misuse of firearms to commit serious crimes. But this begs the question, why aren't all aggravated crimes treated the same when it comes to sentencing?
01/08/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102842D
01/08/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/29/24  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
 
SB221      Patron: Bill DeSteph  -  all patrons                                       
Use, display, or concealment of firearm in committing certain felonies; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of a separate felony if he carries about his person any pistol, shotgun, rifle, or other firearm that is hidden from common observation while committing or attempting to commit certain other felonies. The bill also increases from three to five years for a first offense and from five to 10 years for a second or subsequent offense the mandatory minimum sentences for use or display of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies.



VCDL Comments
This bill adds a criminal provision for carrying a concealed firearm while committing a violent crime.
01/08/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102031D
01/08/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/24  Senate: Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/29/24  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB203-Diggs) (14-Y 0-N)
 
HB553      Patron: Chris Obenshain (by request)  -  all patrons                                       
Firearms-related offenses; mandatory minimum sentences; penalty. Increases from five to 10 years for a second or subsequent offense the mandatory minimum sentences for use or display of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies.



VCDL Comments
This bill increases some penalties for the intentional misuse of firearms to commit serious crimes. But this begs the question, why aren't all aggravated crimes treated the same when it comes to sentencing?
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102840D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/24  House: Left in Courts of Justice
 
HB1030      Patron: Nicholas J. Freitas  -  all patrons                                       
Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. 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 someone without a concealed handgun permit, but who would qualify for one, to carry a concealed handgun anywhere they could lawfully open carry a handgun. Twenty-seven states now have Constitutional Carry, none have repealed it, and more states are expected to follow suit this year. Neighboring Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia are all Constitutional Carry states.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100648D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
HB1141      Patron: A.C. Cordoza  -  all patrons                                       
Nonresident concealed handgun permits. Provides that if the Department of State Police has not issued a nonresident concealed handgun permit nor determined that the applicant for such permit is disqualified within 90 days of receipt of the application for such permit, the Department shall immediately issue the permit. Current law does not specify a time limit for issuance of such permit or determination of disqualification. The bill retains the current requirement that if after issuance of the permit the permittee is found by the Department to be disqualified, the permit shall be revoked and the person shall return the permit after being so notified by the Department.



VCDL Comments
This bill sets 90 days as the maximum number of days that the Virginia State Police can take when processing a non-resident concealed handgun permit. Currently there is no limit and people have had to wait well over 6 to 8 months to get a permit issued! If the permit has not yet been approved after 90 days, then the permit is issued at that point. If the applicant is later found to be disqualified, the permit is revoked, and the applicant has to return it. As a reference, residents pay a maximum of $50 and the permit must be issued in 45 days. The non-resident permit fee is $100.
01/10/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102592D
01/10/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/24  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/24  House: Left in Public Safety
 
SB551      Patron: R. Creigh Deeds  -  all patrons                                       
Purchase of firearms; waiting period; penalty. Provides that no person shall sell a firearm unless at least two days have elapsed from the time the prospective purchaser completes the written consent form to have a licensed dealer obtain criminal history record information, with exceptions enumerated in relevant law.



VCDL Comments
This bill requires that a person must wait two days before a purchased or rented firearm can be transferred to them. Gun sales, both private and commercial, will require a buyer to make two trips to a dealer to get the firearm, and such trips could be lengthy. The bill will also do severe harm to gun shows, as most are only two days long and would therefore require all purchasers to travel to a gun store, possibly across the state, to pick up the firearm. There are many sad cases where someone who urgently needed a firearm for self-defense was murdered while in the waiting period. California has a 10- day waiting period, with plenty of mass murders and a violent crime rate double that of Virginia in 2022. Virginia has the 9th lowest crime rate in the U.S. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/200445/reportedviolent- crime-rate-in-the-us-states/). So much for the promise to citizens that the system would be an 'instant check.'
01/10/24  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100413D
01/10/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/24  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB273-Subramanyam) (15-Y 0-N)
 
HB602      Patron: Marcia S. "Cia" Price  -  all patrons                                       
Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention; Virginia Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund; creation. Creates the Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention (the Center) within the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund, to be administered by the Center, to replace the existing Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund.



VCDL Comments
This bill creates a state agency named the Virginia Center for Firearm Violence and Prevention. The agency would only be targeting violence committed using firearms and ignoring the root causes of crime, as well as all the other ways violence is inflicted on victims '� knives, blunt objects, hands and feet, etc. Half of violent crimes are not committed with a firearm! The term 'FirearViolence' in the name of the agency gives away the true agenda: 'firearviolence' is a term coined bthe gun-control lobby to blame guns, which are inanimate objects, and not the criminals that misuse guns. If a police officer shoots someone, the officer gets the blame, not his gun. But, if a criminal shoots someone, the gun gets the blame and not the criminal. No one says, 'tire iron violence' or 'hand and feeviolence.' Instead we just call it 'violent crime.' But there is an agenda with firearms, so the rules and commonsense get thrown out the window.
01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100875D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 9-N)
02/02/24  House: Committee substitute printed 24106946D-H1
02/02/24  House: Incorporates HB1181 (Laufer)
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025 by voice vote
02/07/24  House: Continued to 2025 in Appropriations by voice vote