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Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Virginia Gun Laws Effective Sunday, July 1st

Sunday, July 1st, is the day laws passed by the General Assembly during the 2012 Session will take affect.  Most important among them is the repeal of gun rationing and repealing the requirement that first time concealed handgun permit applicants be fingerprinted.  Here is the complete list:

HB 20 - Emergency Services & Disaster Law; shall not be interpreted to prohibit carrying, etc., of firearms.
HB 22 - Firearms; disposition thereof acquired by localities (requires localities to pass an ordinance allowing engage in a compensated confiscation scheme).
HB 26 - Concealed handgun permit; failure to produce upon demand of a law-enforcement officer, penalty (provides a minor $25 penalty that may be waived by the court once the permit is produced similar to current law related to failure to produce a drivers license).
HB 288 - Courthouses; exception from prohibition against carrying weapon for city and county treasurers.
HB 375 - Firearms; workplace rules by localities (no locality shall adopt any workplace rule, other than for the purposes of a community services board or behavioral health authority, that prevents an employee of that locality from storing at that locality's workplace a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle).
HB 754/SB 67 - Concealed handgun permit applications; removes option for locality to require applicant fingerprint.
HB 940/SB 323 - Handguns; eliminates prohibition on purchasing more than one in a 30-day period.
HB 943 - Service handguns; certain law-enforcement officers to purchase.
SB 563 - Concealed handgun permits; application procedures.
SB 573 - Capitol Police; disposal of unclaimed firearms (provides that the Division of Capitol Police may destroy unclaimed firearms or other weapons after the items have been in the possession of the Division for 60 days).

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