Legislative Tracking

Note!!! Legislation is subject to change at a moment’s notice. VSSA may take a position on a bill based on current information and change its position later based on amendments or other actions. Please check the tracking form below and the VSSA Blog regularly for the most up-to-date information.

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Chamber: House
Bill No. Bill Description (LIS Bill Summary unless noted) Last Actions
HB1757
Link to Bill
Dead

Firearm-free zones designated by the Commonwealth or a locality; waiver of sovereign immunity. Provides that if (i) the Commonwealth designates any property owned by it as a firearm-free zone or (ii) any locality designates such locality or any part of such locality as a firearm-free zone, the Commonwealth or such locality waives its sovereign immunity as it relates to any injuries sustained by persons lawfully present in such firearm-free zone.

  • 02/05/21  House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB1773
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Dead

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.

  • 02/05/21  House: Left in Public Safety

HB1793
Link to Bill
Dead

Local control of firearms; concealed handgun permit. Provides that any local ordinance that prohibits the possession, carrying, or transportation of any firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof on specified public property shall not apply to a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit.

  • 02/05/21  House: Left in Public Safety

HB1909
Link to Bill
Signed by Governor

Certain school board property; establishment of gun-free zone permitted. Permits any school board to deem any non-school zone property that it owns or leases as a gun-free zone and prohibit any individual from knowingly possessing any firearm designed or intended to expel a projectile by action of an explosion of a combustible material while such individual is upon such property, except certain individuals such as law-enforcement officers and qualified retired law-enforcement officers.

HB1992
Link to Bill
Amended by Governor

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following conviction for assault and battery of a family or household member; penalties. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

HB2081
Link to Bill
Signed by Governor

Polling places; prohibited activities; unlawful possession of a firearm; penalty. Prohibits any person from knowingly possessing a firearm within 40 feet of any building, or part thereof, used as a polling place, including one hour before and one hour after its use as a polling place, except for (i) a qualified law-enforcement officer or retired law-enforcement officer, (ii) any person occupying his own private property that falls within 40 feet of the polling place, or (iii) a licensed armed security officer whose employment or performance of his duties occurs within 40 feet of the polling place. The bill further provides that no person shall knowingly possess a firearm within 40 feet of a meeting place for the local electoral board while the electoral board meets to ascertain the results of an election or any place used as the setting for a recount. A violation of the provisions of the bill is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

HB2128
Link to Bill
Signed by Governor

Sale or transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check delay. Increases from three business days to five business days the time provided for the Department of State Police to complete a background check before a firearm may be transferred. If a dealer who has otherwise fulfilled all requirements is told by the State Police that a response will not be available by the end of the dealer's fifth business day, the dealer may complete the sale or transfer without being deemed in violation.

HB2276
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Dead

Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of plastic firearms and unfinished frames or receivers and unserialized firearms; penalties. Creates a Class 5 felony for any person who manufactures, imports, 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 by the types of detection devices, including X-ray machines, commonly used at airports for security screening. The bill updates language regarding the types of detection devices that are used at airports for detecting plastic firearms.

The bill also creates several Class 1 misdemeanors, which are punishable as a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense, making it unlawful (i) for any person to possess, sell, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, transport, or receive an unfinished frame or receiver or firearm, unless the party possessing or receiving the unfinished frame or receiver or firearm is a federal firearms importer or manufacturer or the unfinished frame or receiver or firearm is imprinted with a serial number issued by a federal firearms importer or manufacturer and (ii) for any person to manufacture, cause to be manufactured, assemble, or cause to be assembled a firearm that is not imprinted with a serial number issued by a federal firearms importer or manufacturer in compliance with all federal laws and regulations regulating the manufacture and import of firearms.

HB2285
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Dead

Transfer of certain firearms; exceptions. Adds to the list of those exempted from purchasing one firearm per month (i) any person with a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun recognized in the Commonwealth and (ii) retired law-enforcement officers.

  • 02/05/21  House: Left in Public Safety

HB2295
Link to Bill
Amended by Governor

Carrying a firearm or stun weapon within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, into building owned or leased by the Commonwealth, etc.; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to carry any firearm or stun weapon within (i) the Capitol of Virginia; (ii) Capitol Square and the surrounding area; (iii) any building, parking lot, or parking structure owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof; (iv) any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth where employees of the Commonwealth perform their official duties; or (v) any building where the General Assembly meets or conducts its business. The bill provides exceptions for law-enforcement officers, court officers, authorized security personnel, and active military personnel while in the conduct of such person's official duties. The bill requires that notice of the provisions prohibiting the carrying of such weapons be posted at each of the public entrances to Capitol Square and such buildings, parking lots, and parking structures. The bill also provides that any firearm or stun weapon carried in violation of these provisions is subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeiture to the Commonwealth.

HB2310
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Signed by Governor

Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence; emergency. Provides that any applicant who completed an online course to demonstrate firearms competence prior to January 1, 2021, but was prohibited from appearing in person at a circuit court clerk's office because of COVID-19 restrictions will be able to apply for a concealed weapons permit through April 30, 2021. This bill contains an emergency clause.

HB2319
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Dead

Access to firearms; shared dwelling; civil penalty. Makes it unlawful for an individual residing in or sharing a dwelling with any person who such individual knows or has reason to believe is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm to allow such person access to any firearm. The bill requires that any individual in possession of a firearm who resides with a person prohibited from transporting or possessing a firearm store the firearm unloaded, locked, and inaccessible to such co-resident and also store any ammunition locked, inaccessible, and in a separate location from any firearm. A violation of the bill is punishable by a civil penalty of not more than $500.

Chamber: Senate
Bill No. Bill Description (LIS Bill Summary unless noted) Last Actions
SB1250
Link to Bill
Dead

Criminal history record information check required for firearm rentals; penalty. Provides that for the purposes of conducting a criminal history record information check for a firearm transfer, the term "rent" includes a temporary change in dominion or control of a firearm for use at or on the premises of a dealer's business location in exchange for money or other consideration. Under current federal law, the rental of a firearm for use on a dealer's business premises is not considered to be a sale, disposition, or delivery of the firearm; therefore, such rental would not allow for a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check to be performed. The bill would allow the Virginia State Police to conduct a Virginia state criminal history record information check instead.

SB1381
Link to Bill
Amended by Governor

Possessing or transporting a weapon within Capitol Square or into building owned or leased by the Commonwealth; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to possess or transport any (i) firearm or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) frame, receiver, muffler, silencer, missile, projectile, or ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon; or (iii) other dangerous weapon within Capitol Square or into any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth. A dangerous weapon includes a bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, fighting chain, throwing star, and oriental dart or any weapon of like kind. The bill provides exceptions for law-enforcement officers, conservators of the peace, magistrates, court officers, judges, county or city treasurers, commissioners or deputy commissioners of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, authorized security personnel, bail bondsmen, bail enforcement agents, and active military personnel while in the conduct of such persons' official duties. The bill requires that notice of the provisions prohibiting the possessing or transporting of such weapons be posted at each public entrance to Capitol Square or such building owned or leased by the Commonwealth. The bill also provides that any weapon or item possessed or transported in violation of these provisions is subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeiture to the Commonwealth.

SB1382
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Dead

Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following conviction for assault and battery of a family or household member; penalties. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

SB1430
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Dead

Criminal history record information check required to sell firearm; National Firearms Act. Provides that a person may sell a firearm to another person without obtaining a criminal history record information check at the point of sale if the sale of the firearm is governed by the provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA) and the purchaser has been previously approved pursuant to a background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with the NFA provisions and regulations governing the sale and transfer of such firearm.

SB1466
Link to Bill
Dead

Local control of firearms; concealed handgun permit. Provides that any local ordinance that prohibits the possession, carrying, or transportation of any firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof on specified public property shall not apply to a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit issued by the Commonwealth or to any person who has a valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state that is recognized by the Commonwealth as authorizing such person to carry a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth.