2017 Legislative Tracking Form

2017 General Assembly Legislative Tracking Form

The General Assembly Convened 1/11/2017

Last Day to Introduce Legislation 1/20/2017

Last day to Consider Legislation in House of Origin ("Crossover")  2/7/2017

Adjourn Sine Die 2/25/2017

Reconvened Session to Consider Governor's Amendments and Vetoes 4/05/2017

Bills highligted in Red are dead for the session

Bills highlighted in Yellow have been rolled into similar bills that are still moving through the General Assembly

Bill No.

House Bills Introduced

LIS Bill Summary as Introduced

(unless otherwise noted)

Title

Last Action

HB 1392

School security officers; carrying a firearm in performance of duties. Authorizes a school security officer to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties if (i) he is a retired law-enforcement officer who retired or resigned in good standing, (ii) he has met the additional training and certification requirements of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), (iii) the local school board solicits input from the chief law-enforcement officer of the locality regarding the qualifications of the officer, and (iv) the local school board grants him the authority to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties. The bill requires DCJS to establish additional firearms training and certification requirements for school security officers who carry a firearm in the performance of their duties. Existing law requires DCJS to establish minimum training and certification requirements for school security officers.

01/24/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 19-N)

02/17/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N)

02/21/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (75-Y 22-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0311)

HB 1406

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1418

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1432

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

01/30/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (57-Y 39-N)

02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N)

02/20/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor

02/22/17  House: Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017

HB 1458

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

 

 

02/08/17  House: Left in Appropriations

 

 

 

HB 1466

Renewal of concealed handgun permits; notice. Requires the clerk of the court that issued a concealed handgun permit to notify the permit holder, at least 120 days but no more than 180 days prior to the expiration date, of the expiration date of the permit and the requirements for renewing the permit. The bill provides that such notice may be sent to the permit holder's address or, upon request of the permit holder, email or other electronic address. The bill provides further that any failure to send or receive such notice does not extend the validity of the existing permit beyond its expiration date.

01/26/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N)

02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/20/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 99 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1582

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

01/18/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 19-N)

02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)

02/21/17  Governor: Vetoed by Governor

02/22/17  House: Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017

HB 1683

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1684

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1685

Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique firearms.

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1700

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1745

Restoration of firearms rights; report to State Police. Provides a mechanism for reporting to the Department of State Police when a circuit court restores a felon's right to possess, transport, and carry a firearm, ammunition for a firearm, or a stun weapon. The bill provides that if a court enters an order restoring a felon's right, the order shall contain the felon's name and date of birth and the clerk of the court shall certify and forward the restoration order to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE). The bill provides that the Department of State Police, upon receipt of the restoration order, shall enter the felon's name and description in the CCRE so that law-enforcement personnel accessing the CCRE will be aware of the order's existence.

02/02/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote

HB 1758

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which an attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a circuit court judge for a warrant to remove firearms from a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others. If firearms are seized pursuant to such warrant, the bill requires a court hearing within 14 days from execution of the warrant to determine whether the firearms should be returned or retained by law enforcement. Seized firearms may be retained by court order for up to 180 days or, with court approval, may be transferred to a third party chosen by the person from whom they were seized. Persons who have been served with a warrant to remove firearms until such warrant has been dissolved by a court or who are the subject of an order to retain firearms are disqualified from having a concealed handgun permit or purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer and may not be employed by a licensed firearms dealer. The bill also provides that a person who transfers a firearm to a person he knows has been served with a warrant or who is the subject of an order is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1773

Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before a vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. A violation is a Class 6 felony. A definition of "vendor" is added. The bill also requires that the promoter of a firearms show post notice of the requirement for a criminal history record information check and provide vendors with access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal history record information check. The bill repeals a provision added by the 2016 Session of the General Assembly that requires the Department of State Police to be available to perform background checks for non-dealer sales at firearms shows if requested by a party involved in a transaction.

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1778

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

01/19/17  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1792

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 1849

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

01/25/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)

2/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

02/17/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 47 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1852

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.

02/03/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (64-Y 31-N)

02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (27-Y 13-N)

02/15/17  House: VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 95-N)

02/17/17  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 1-N)

02/17/17  Senate: Senate requested conference committee

 

02/24/17  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N)

02/24/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (63-Y 31-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 1853

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

02/03/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 28-N)

02/17/17  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (37-Y 2-N)

02/21/17  House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N)

02/22/17  Senate: Senate receded from substitute (22-Y 18-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 1864

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1865

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

 

HB 1879

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

 

HB 1990

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

01/27/17  House: Tabled in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote

 

HB 2044 

Protective orders; possession of firearms; felony. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony for a person who is subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) for subjecting another person to an act of violence, force, or threat to possess a firearm while the order is in effect, which is equivalent to the existing penalty for possession of a firearm by a person subject to a permanent protective order for family abuse. The bill also provides that such person may continue to possess and transport a firearm for 24 hours after being served with the order for the purposes of selling or transferring the firearm to another person. The bill also requires that any person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because he is subject to a permanent protective order certify in writing to the clerk of the court that issued the order within 48 hours after being served with the order that any firearm in his possession has been sold or transferred.

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

 

HB 2079

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 2094

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 2098

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 2187

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

 

HB 2188

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 2212

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 2234

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

 

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

 

HB 2263

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

01/27/17  House: Tabled in Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote

 

HB 2265

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

02/08/17  House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2266

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

02/07/17  House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 2308 

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

01/25/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (74-Y 25-N)

02/08/17  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)

02/10/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (84-Y 10-N)

02/20/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 101 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 2325

Application for a concealed handgun permit; photo identification. Requires applicants for a concealed handgun permit to present one form of government-issued photo identification that demonstrates that the applicant is a citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.

01/25/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)

02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 237 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 2369 

Concealed handgun permit; change of address. Replaces the requirement that a concealed carry permit holder present proof of a new address with a requirement that the permit holder present written notice of the change of address on a form provided by the Department of State Police for a court to issue a replacement concealed handgun permit due to a change of address.

02/01/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)

02/13/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 238 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 2372

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

01/27/17  House: Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety by voice vote

HB 2424 

Carrying concealed weapons; former attorneys for the Commonwealth and assistant attorneys for the Commonwealth. Exempts a retired or resigned attorney for the Commonwealth or assistant attorney for the Commonwealth who (i) was not terminated for cause and served at least 10 years prior to his retirement or resignation; (ii) during the most recent 12-month period, has met, at his own expense, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law-enforcement officers in the Commonwealth; (iii) carries with him written proof of consultation with and favorable review of the need to carry a concealed handgun issued by the attorney for the Commonwealth from whose office he retired or resigned; and (iv) meets the requirements of a "qualified retired law enforcement officer" pursuant to the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (18 U.S.C. § 926C) from the prohibition on carrying a concealed handgun. The bill provides that a retired or resigned attorney for the Commonwealth or assistant attorney for the Commonwealth who has received such proof of consultation and favorable review shall have the opportunity to annually participate, at his expense, in the same training and testing to carry firearms as is required of active law-enforcement officers in the Commonwealth.

02/07/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 14-N)

2/15/17  Senate: Passed Senate (30-Y 10-N)

02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

 

 

     

Bill No.

Senate Bills Introduced

LIS Bill Summary as Introduced

(unless otherwise noted)

Title

Last Action

SB 791

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

02/01/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 1-N)

SB 809

Reporting lost or stolen firearms. Requires a person who lawfully possesses a firearm to report the loss or theft of the firearm to any local law-enforcement agency or the Department of State Police within 24 hours after such person discovers the loss or theft or is informed by a person with personal knowledge of the loss or theft. The bill requires the relevant law-enforcement agency to enter the report information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). A violation is punishable by a $50 civil penalty for a first offense and a civil penalty of not less than $100 or more than $250 for any subsequent offense. The bill provides that a person who, in good faith, reports the loss or theft is immune from criminal or civil liability for acts or omissions that result from such loss or theft; the immunity does not apply to a person who knowingly gives a false report. The bill does not apply to the loss or theft of an antique firearm.

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)

SB 832

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

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 1-N)

SB 889

Concealed handgun permit fees; exemptions; retired probation and parole officers. Exempts retired probation and parole officers who have completed 15 years of service from concealed handgun permit application fees.

2/02/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/14/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 13-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 241 (effective 7/1/17)

SB 893

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

 

 

01/18/17  Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)

 

 

SB 904

Concealed handgun permit; Workers' Compensation commissioner or deputy commissioner exempt. Provides that a commissioner or deputy commissioner of the Workers' Compensation Commission may carry a concealed handgun throughout the Commonwealth without a permit.

01/31/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/21/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 36-N)

02/22/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 915

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

01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)

SB 953

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

02/01/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/10/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 161 (effective 7/1/17)

SB 989

Commonwealth's Twenty marksmanship award. Provides for the Commonwealth's Twenty marksmanship award to recognize the top 20 marksmen in Virginia. Under current law, the award recognizes the top 20 competitors in each of the rifle and pistol Excellence-in-Competition matches at the annual Virginia State Championships conducted by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association. The award will continue to be administered by the Association.

01/20/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

02/10/17  House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 224 (effective 7/1/17)

SB 1023

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

01/31/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)

02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 31-N)

02/23/17  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (30-Y 10-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 1039

Protective orders; possession of firearms; felony. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony for a person who is subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) for subjecting another person to an act of violence, force, or threat to possess a firearm while the order is in effect, which is equivalent to the existing penalty for possession of a firearm by a person subject to a permanent protective order for family abuse. The bill also provides that such person may continue to possess and transport a firearm for 24 hours after being served with the order for the purposes of selling or transferring the firearm to another person. The bill also requires that any person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because he is subject to a permanent protective order certify in writing to the clerk of the court that issued the order within 48 hours after being served with the order that any firearm in his possession has been sold or transferred.

 

 

01/31/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 5-N)

 

 

SB 1049

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

 

 

01/31/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

 

 

SB 1194

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

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N)

 

SB 1266

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

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 7-N)

SB 1267

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

 

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N)

 

SB 1297

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

01/18/17  Senate: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1362-Black) (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1299

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.

01/24/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)

02/14/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 32-N)

2/16/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N)

02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 1300

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

2/02/17  Senate: Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)

02/15/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 30-N)

02/17/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (25-Y 15-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 1347

Concealed weapon permits; concealed weapons other than firearms; furnishing certain weapons to minors; furnishing certain weapons. Replaces concealed handgun permits with concealed weapon permits, which authorize the holder to carry any weapon that is otherwise prohibited from being carried concealed, including handguns. The bill prohibits the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) from adopting a regulation preventing a person employed by an electronic security company or a locksmith from carrying a lawfully possessed weapon in the course of his duties when such person carries with him a valid concealed weapon permit. Current law prohibits DCJS from preventing such persons from carrying a firearm. The bill exempts any person who is carrying a nun chuck, throwing star, or weapon of like kind from the prohibition on carrying a concealed weapon while at, or going to or from, a martial arts training location or organized competition that uses such weapons. The bill increases the penalty for furnishing a ballistic knife to a minor from a Class 4 misdemeanor to a Class 1 misdemeanor and decriminalizes furnishing such weapon to an adult. The bill changes from any person to any minor the persons for whom it is a Class 4 misdemeanor to furnish with any blackjack, brass or metal knucks, throwing star, or weapon of like kind. The bill removes the presumption that possession of any such weapon is prima facie evidence of a person's intent to furnish it.

01/26/17  Senate: Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N 1-A)

02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (58-Y 40-N)

02/23/17  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (25-Y 15-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 1362

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

01/24/17  Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)

02/22/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 32-N)

02/23/17  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (22-Y 17-N)

03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 1422 

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

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 4-N)

SB 1439 

Firearm transfers; penalties. Creates a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person who is not a licensed dealer to sell, rent, trade, or transfer a firearm to any other person who is not a licensed dealer. The bill also creates a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person who is not a licensed dealer to buy,rent, trade, or transfer a firearm from any other person who is not a licensed dealer. The bill exempts certain transfers, such as between immediate family members, by operation of law, at a firearms show with a voluntary background check, and when the transfer is temporary and is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm or occurs while in the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm.

01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N)

SB 1440

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

02/01/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

SB 1443

Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which an attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a circuit court judge for a warrant to remove firearms from a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others. If firearms are seized pursuant to such warrant, the bill requires a court hearing within 14 days from execution of the warrant to determine whether the firearms should be returned or retained by law enforcement. Seized firearms may be retained by court order for up to 180 days or, with court approval, may be transferred to a third party chosen by the person from whom they were seized. Persons who have been served with a warrant to remove firearms until such warrant has been dissolved by a court or who are the subject of an order to retain firearms are disqualified from having a concealed handgun permit or purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer and may not be employed by a licensed firearms dealer. The bill also provides that a person who transfers a firearm to a person he knows has been served with a warrant or who is the subject of an order is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

 

01/18/17  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N)

 

 

SB 1444 

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

2/02/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

02/13/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote

02/21/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice

SB 1450 

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

 

01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N)

 

 

SB 1453 

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

 

01/31/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 5-N)

 

SB 1458

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

01/23/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)

SB 1464

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

01/23/17  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (3-Y 12-N)

 

SB 1465

Retired conservation officers; carrying a concealed handgun. Adds retired conservation officers from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the list of retired law-enforcement officers who are exempt from the prohibition on carrying a concealed handgun. Such officers who annually meet the training and qualification standards for active law-enforcement officers are authorized to carry concealed handguns in airports and schools and are deemed to have been issued a concealed handgun permit.

01/26/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/14/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 20-N)

02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 243 (effective 7/1/17)

SB 1533

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

01/31/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

02/16/17  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SJ 229

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

 

02/02/17  Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Rules by voice vote

 

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