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 UPDATED: 02/06/20 @ 9:00 p.m.

 

2020 Virginia Firearms Bills at a Glance.

KEY: HB%$%% - REPORTED. HB%$%% - DEAD! ADMINISTRATION BILL NUMBERS UNDERLINED

PBI=Passed by Indefinitely (killed), PBD=Passed by (for the) Day, PBW=Passed by (for the) Week

 

BILLS SUPPORTED BY GVP ORGANIZATIONS:

 

BACKGROUND CHECKS

BILL #

PATRON

DESCRIPTION

COM.

Hearing

 

 

HB2

Kenneth R. Plum

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty.

Public Safety

1/24

54-46

 

HB260

Alphonso H. Lopez

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record check delay; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB355

Kaye Kory

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty.

Public Safety

1/24

Rolled into HB2

 

SB12

Richard L. Saslaw

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Rolled into SB70

 

 

SB18

Richard L. Saslaw

Firearms; criminal history record information checks; age requirement; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Stricken Patron

 

 

SB70

L. Louise Lucas

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. 

JUDICIARY

23-17

Amended.

 

SB436

Scott A. Surovell

Establishment of the Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List; penalty.

JUDICIARY

8-5

 

Finance

 

SB543

John S. Edwards

Firearms shows; mandatory background check.

JUDICIARY

8-5

 

 

 

CONCEALED CARRY

HB142

Glenn Davis

Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. AMMENDED TO A BAD BILL

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB264

Alphonso H. Lopez

Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence.

Public Safety

Reported 5-3

 

 

HB569

Dan I Helmer

Out-of-state concealed handgun permits; reciprocity.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB750

Jerauld C. Jones

Carrying a concealed handgun; consumption of alcohol in a public park; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1076

Dawn M. Adams

Carrying concealed weapons; sling bow. 

Public Safety

8-0

 

 

SB51

Lionell Spruill Sr.

Carrying a concealed handgun; consumption of alcohol in a public park; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Stricken Patron

 

 

SB263

John J. Bell

Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence.

JUDICIARY

7-6

 

 

 

CHILD ACCESS PREVENTION

HB72

Kaye Kory

Allowing access to firearms by children; recklessly leaving loaded, unsecured firearm in manner that endangers child under 14; penalty.

Public Safety

Rolled into HB1083

 

 

HB463

C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.

Allowing access to firearms by minors; penalty.

Public Safety

Rolled into HB1083

 

 

HB600

Patrick A. Hope

Family day homes; storage of firearms.

Public Safety

Reported 6-2

 

 

HB853

Kathleen Murphy

Recklessly allowing access to firearms to certain persons; penalty.

Public safety

 

 

 

HB888

Eileen Filler-Corn

Protective orders; possession of firearms; surrender or transfer of firearms; penalty. 

Finance

21-1

 

 

HB1083

C.E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.

Allowing access to firearms by minors; penalty.

Public Safety

1/24

54-48

 

HB1487

Dave A. LaRock

Exemption from sales tax for sales of gun safes.

Public Safety

 

 

 

SB75

Janet D. Howell

Allowing access to firearms by minors; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Stricken Patron

 

 

SB268

John J. Bell

Sales tax exemption; gun safes.

Finance

39-0

 

 

SB581

Janet D. Howell

Allowing access to firearms by minors; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Failed 7-8

 

 

SB593

Emmett W. Hanger Jr.

Licensed family day homes; storage of firearms.

JUDICIARY

Rehab & Soc Ser.

 

 

 

DANGEROUS WEAPONS

HB899

Mark H. Levine

Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of restricted firearm ammunition; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB961

Mark H. Levine

Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, silencers, and trigger activators; penalties.

Public Safety

 

 

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SB14

Richard L. Saslaw

Trigger activators; prohibition; penalty.

JUDICIARY

2/3

9-5

Finance

SB16

Richard L. Saslaw

Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; penalties.

JUDICIARY

Stricken by Patron

 

 

 

ERPO & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

HB78

Kaye Kory

Purchase, possession, and transport of firearms following certain convictions; permit to restore rights; penalty.

Public Safety

Rolled into 1288

 

 

HB412

Karrie K. Delaney

Family or household member; definition.

Courts

 

 

 

 

HB459

Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.

Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; restoration of rights; penalty.

Public Safety

Rolled into 1288

 

 

HB674

Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties.

Public Safety

1/24

52-46

 

HB856

Kathleen Murphy

Protective orders; possession of firearms; surrender or transfer of firearms; penalty. 

Public Safety

Rolled into HB1004

 

 

HB900

Mark H. Levine

Prohibition on possession, purchase, or transport of firearms following certain misdemeanor convictions; penalties.

Public Safety

Rolled into 1288

 

 

HB1004

Michael P. Mullin

Protective orders; possession of firearms; surrender or transfer of firearms; penalty. 

Public Safety

1/24

58-42

 

HB1288

Kathleen Murphy

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following two or more misdemeanor convictions for assault and battery of a family or household member; permit to restore rights; penalties. 

Public Safety

Reported 5-3

 

 

SB76

Janet D. Howell

Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Stricken patron

 

 

SB240

George L. Barker

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties.

JUDICIARY

21-19

 

 

SB372

Richard L. Saslaw

Protective orders; possession of firearms; surrender or transfer of firearms; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Rolled into SB479

 

 

SB479

Janet D. Howell

Protective orders; possession of firearms; surrender or transfer of firearms; penalty. 

JUDICIARY

10-4

 

 

SB490

Barbara A. Favola

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following conviction for assault and battery of a family or household member; permit to restore rights; penalties. 

JUDICIARY

Carry over to 2021

 

 

 

LOCAL REGULATION, PROTESTS, LIBRARIES, CHURCHES, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS etc.

HB421

Marcia S. Price

Control of firearms by localities.

Public Safety

1/24

50-48

 

HB599

Kathleen Murphy

Carrying weapon into building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1079

Patrick A. Hope

Possession of weapons; Capitol Square and legislative buildings; penalties.

House COJ

Public Safety

 

 

HB1312

Kaye Kory

Local government buildings; dangerous weapons; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1510

Delores L McQuinn

Carrying weapon into building owned or used by the Commonwealth or political subdivision thereof; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

SB13

Adam P. Ebbin

Possessing or transporting a weapon within Capitol Square; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Carry over 2021

 

 

SB15

Adam P. Ebbin

Carrying weapon into building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Carry over 2021

 

 

SB35

Scott A. Surovell

Control of firearms by localities; permitted events.

JUDICIARY

21-19

 

 

SB51

Lionell Spruill Sr.

Carrying a concealed handgun; consumption of alcohol in a public park; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Stricken

 

 

SB450

John S. Edwards

Control of firearms; chambers of local governing bodies.

JUDICIARY

Rolled into SB35

 

 

SB505

John S. Edwards

Control of firearms by localities; local government buildings.

JUDICIARY

Rolled into SB35

 

 

SB506

John S. Edwards

Control of firearms by localities. 

JUDICIARY

Rolled into 35

 

 

SB614

R. Creigh Deeds

Prohibition on carrying of certain firearms in public places; County of Albemarle and City of Charlottesville; penalty. 

JUDICIARY

Stricken Patron

 

 

SB615

R. Creigh Deeds

Control of firearms by localities; local government buildings and parks.

JUDICIARY

Rolled into SB35

 

 

 

LOST AND STOLEN

HB9

Jeffrey M. Bourne

Reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty.

Public Safety

1/24

55-44

 

SB67

Jennifer L. McClellan

Reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty.

JUDICIARY

7-6

 

 

 

RESTORATION OF RIGHTS

HB964

Clinton L. Jenkins

Firearms; restoration of rights of persons convicted of violent felonies.

Public Safety

 

 

 

SB684

T. Montgomery Mason

Involuntary commitment and restoration of firearm rights.

Judiciary

13-0

 

 

 

GUNS IN SCHOOLS

HB318

Kaye Kory

Possession of ammunition on school property; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB402

Mark L. Keam

Public schools; lock-down drills; frequency; exemptions.

Education

22-0

 

 

HB1080

Patrick A. Hope

Firearms or other weapons on school property. 

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1419

Jerauld C. Jones

School resource officers and school security officers; training standards. 

Courts

8-0

 

 

SB71

L. Louise Lucas

Firearms on school property.

JUDICIARY

9-6

 

 

SB170

Mamie E. Locke

Public schools; school resource officers and school security officers; data

JUDICIARY

Ed & health

13-0

40-0

SB171

Mamie E. Locke

School resource officers and school security officers; training standards.

JUDICIARY

Ed & Health

12-1

39-1

 

ONE HANDGUN A MONTH

HB812

Jeion A. Ward

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty.

Public Safety

1/24

53-47

 

HB1502

Jain A. Ward

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty.

Public Safety

Rolled into HB812

 

 

SB22

Richard L. Saslaw

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty.

JUDICIARY

Rolled into SB69

 

 

SB69

Mamie E. Locke

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. 

JUDICIARY

21-19

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH

HB450

Mark H. Levine

Appeal of involuntary admission order; possession of firearms; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB960

Mark H. Levine

Additional state sales tax on firearms and ammunition; use of proceeds; Student Mental Health and Safety Fund and Program.

Public Safety

Carried over Rule 22

 

 

 

OTHER MISC.

HB160

Marcus B. Simon

Special license plate bearing the legend STOP GUN VIOLENCE; revenue-sharing provisions. 

Public Safety

6-3

 

 

HB192

Robert D. Orrock Sr.

Firearm purchases; proof of demonstration of competence with a firearm.

Stricken by patron

 

 

 

HB423

Marcia S. Price

Gun Violence Survivor Assistance Fund and Grant Program. 

Public Safety

Stricken

 

 

HB425

Marcus B. Simon

Transfer of multiple firearms; report to the Department of State Police.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB426

Marcus B. Simon

Prohibited public carrying of certain firearms; penalty

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB427

Marcus B. Simon

Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of undetectable firearms; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB458

Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.

Purchase, possession, and transportation of firearms; fugitives; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB568

Dan I Helmer

Carrying or storing firearms in motor vehicles and vessels; exceptions; penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1287

Kathleen Murphy

Employees of a firearms dealer.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1447

Mark D. Sickles

Carrying loaded firearms in public while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs; penalties.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1499

Jeffrey M. Bourne

Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund.

Public Safety

Reported 8-0

 

 

HJ10

Kaye Kory

Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Rules

60-30

 

 

HJ38

Marcia S. Price

Study; JLARC; effects of gun violence on communities; report. 

Rules

Tabled 3-2

 

 

HJ43

Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.

Study; DCJS; enforcement of the law prohibiting individuals subject to permanent protective orders for family abuse from possessing firearms while such order is in effect; report.

Rules

Carried over to 2021

 

 

SB64

L. Louise Lucas

Paramilitary activities; penalty.

JUDICIARY

9-6

Finance

 

SB248

Barbara A. Favola

Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund. 

JUDICIARY

9-4

Finance

 

SB353

John J. Bell

Outdoor shooting ranges; prohibited adjacent to residential areas; exceptions; civil penalty.

JUDICIARY

Carry over 2021

 

 

SB781

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.

Leaving an unattended handgun in public; penalty. 

Judiciary

Stricken

 

 

SJ41

Emmett W. Hanger Jr.

Study; joint subcommittee to study issues related to firearms and safety in the Commonwealth; report. 

Rules

 

 

 

 

BILLS OPPOSED BY GVP ORGANIZATIONS:

BILL #

PATRON

DESCRIPTION

COM.

 

 

 

HB161

John J. McGuire III

Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required.

Public Safety

Tabled 6-2

 

 

HB162

John J. McGuire III

Firearm-free zones designated by the Commonwealth or a locality; waiver of sovereign immunity

Public Safety

Tabled 6-2

 

 

HB224

Nicholas J. Freitas

Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required.

Public Safety

Tabled 6-2

 

 

HB373

John J. McGuire III

Repeal of 18.2-283 (guns in houses of worship)

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB424

John J. McGuire III

Requiring a school resource officer in every school; School Resource Officer Supplementary Fund created. 

Education

Failed 2-4

 

 

HB596

Wendell S. Walker

Carrying dangerous weapon to place of religious worship; repeal.

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB669

Mark L. Cole

Carrying concealed handgun with a permit; employees of any agency of the Commonwealth or political subdivision thereof.

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB934

James E. Edmunds II

Possession, purchase, and transport of certain firearms in certain localities; withholding state funds.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB939

Michael J. Webert

Public schools; firearm safety education program. 

Education

Tabled 4-2

 

 

HB976

C. Matthew Fariss

Virginia State Police; Executive Protection Unit; possession of firearms.

Public Safety

Stricken

 

 

HB1175

Charles D. Poindexter

Use or display of firearm in committing felony; penalty. 

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB1382

Jeffrey L. Campbell

Control of firearms in local government buildings; waiver of sovereign immunity.

Public Safety

Tabled 6-2

 

 

HB1409

Nick Rush

Second Amendment sanctuary status; budgeting decisions.

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB1485

Dave A. LaRock

Regulation of firearms by localities; workplace rules; limitation.

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB1486

Dave A. LaRock

Carrying dangerous weapons to places of worship; repeal.

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB1617

Jason S. Miyares

Group Violence Intervention Board; Division of Group Violence Intervention; Project Ceasefire Grant Fund; Project Exile Grant Fund.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB1689

Ronnie R. Campbell

Limitations on laws regarding the control of firearms. 

Public Safety

Tabled 8-0

 

 

SB82

Bill DeSteph

Violation of protective order; armed with firearm or other deadly weapon; mandatory minimum sentence; penalty. 

JUDICIARY

PBI

8-5-1

 

 

SB83

Bill DeSteph

Brandishing a firearm; law-enforcement officer; penalty.

JUDICIARY

PBI 7-6

 

 

SB84

Bill DeSteph

Concealment of firearm in committing felony; penalty.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-5

 

 

SB85

Bill DeSteph

Stolen firearms; penalties.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-5

 

 

SB86

Bill DeSteph

Use or display of firearm in committing felony; penalty.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB88

Bill DeSteph

Discharging firearm; penalty.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB89

Bill DeSteph

Violation of protective order while armed with firearm or other deadly weapon; mandatory minimum sentence; penalty.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB90

Bill DeSteph

Capital murder; punishment.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-5

 

 

SB129

Thomas K. Norment Jr.

Public schools; firearm safety education program.

Ed. & Health

Stricken Patron

 

 

SB152

Richard H. Stewart

Calling auxiliary police officers into service.

Local Gov.

Stricken Patron

 

 

SB173

Emmett W. Hanger Jr.

Prohibition on possession of stun weapon on school property; exemption for holder of concealed handgun permit.

JUDICIARY

40-0

 

 

SB319

Amanda F. Chase

Security of public property.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB331

Richard H. Stewart

Capital murder of a person in a school setting; penalty.

JUDICIARY

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB476

Amanda F. Chase

Risk management plan; coverage for injury or death on public school or college property; concealed handgun prohibition.

JUDICIARY

General Laws

 

 

SB477

Amanda F. Chase

Risk management plan; coverage for injury or death on state property; concealed handgun prohibition. 

JUDICIARY

General Laws

 

 

SB825

Amanda F. Chase

Allows government employees to carry loaded assault weapons to, from and at work.

Judiciary

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB901

Amanda F. Chase

Allows concealed carry w/out a permit

Judiciary

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB928

Stephen D. Newman

Possession, purchase, and transport of certain firearms in certain localities.

P & E

PBI 9-5

 

 

SB958

Amanda F. Chase

Carrying dangerous weapon to place of religious worship; repeal.

Judiciary

PBI 9-6

 

 

SB1009

Amanda F. Chase

Firearm-free zones designated by the Commonwealth or a locality; regulation of weapons; waiver of sovereign immunity.

Judiciary

PBI 9-5

 

 

SB1091

William M. Stanley, Jr.

Authorization of volunteer school security officers by local school boards and private or religious schools.

Judiciary

Failed 3-2

 

 

 

BILLS TO WATCH:

BILL #

PATRON

DESCRIPTION

COM.

 

 

 

HB83

Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler, Jr.

Killing or injuring police animals; penalty.

Courts

1/24

 

 

HB144

Mark L. Cole

Official emblems and designations; state firearm.

Rules

 

 

 

HB567

Dan I Helmer

Indoor shooting ranges; prohibited in buildings not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government; exceptions; civil penalty.

Public Safety

 

 

 

HB670

Mark L. Cole

Door-locking mechanisms; locality-owned buildings.

Counties Cities and Towns

Land Use Sub.

 

22-0

 

HB1470

Christopher T. Head

Firearms ordinances; applicability to property located in multiple localities

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

HB1471

Christopher T. Head

Firearms ordinances; property in multiple localities; affirmative defense.

Public Safety

Tabled 5-3

 

 

SB87

Bill DeSteph

Special license plates; VB STRONG.

JUDICIARY

Transportation

 

 

SB207

J. Chapman Petersen

Purchase of service or other weapons by retired sworn law-enforcement officers.

JUDICIARY

40-0

 

 

SB467

Bryce E. Reeves

Killing or injuring police animals; penalty. 

JUDICIARY

Failed 6-9

 

 

SB509

Bryce E. Reeves

Local hunting and firearm regulation. 

JUDICIARY

Ag. Con & Nat Res

PBI 11-1

 

 

HOUSE BILLS

INTRODUCED

PENDING

FAILED

PASSED Committee

PASSED Floor

BILLS WE SUPPORT

54

23

14

17

9

BILLS WE OPPOSE

17

2

15

0

0

BILLS TO WATCH

6

2

3

1

0

TOTAL BILLS

77

27

32

18

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE BILLS

INTRODUCED

PENDING

FAILED

PASSED Committee

PASSED Floor

BILLS WE SUPPORT

38

0

20

18

10

BILLS WE OPPOSE

22

2

19

1

1

BILLS TO WATCH

4

1

2

1

1

TOTAL BILLS

64

3

41

20

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

141

30

73

38

21

 

FAILED can include bills that have been rolled into other bills.

SB684 changed from oppose to support after more study.

HB142 changed from support to oppose after harmful amendments.

 

 

GVA link

What lessons can we learn?

From RetroReport.org:

In the 80s, the attempted assassination of President Reagan and the shooting of his press secretary, Jim Brady, sparked a call for gun control. Decades later, are there lessons from that effort for the students who survived the Parkland shooting?

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The Virginia Center for Public Safety is a non-profit, non-partisan grass roots organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence in Virginia.

VACPS strives to accomplish this mission through awareness, education and advocacy. Our members represent a cross-section of racial, religious. professional and political groups.