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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Another Bill Prefiled

On Monday, Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D- Martinsville) prefiled SB 755, a bill that would allow a person who has received mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting within five years from the application to petition the court for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Currently, such persons are disqualified from obtaining a permit within five years of receiving residential treatment. This brings the total so far to three bills.  VSSA previously reported on November 12th, that three bills had been prefiled but one of those bills, HB 995 was actually a carryover bill from last session.  HB 995 would have allowed a prospective purchaser to present a current or retired military identification card or a concealed handgun permit in order to establish citizenship or lawful admission for permanent residence in order to purchase an "assault firearm." On December 3rd, the bill was left in Militia and Police and must be reintroduced if it is going to be considered in 2011.

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