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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Firearm Related Bills on the Docket in Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee on Thursday.

The House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 will meet tomorrow afternoon at 4:00PM and VSSA's lobbying team will be there.  The bills on the docket are all anti-rights:

H.B. 1548 Concealed handgun permit; revocation of permit if delinquent in child support payments.
Patron: Hope
Revocation of concealed handgun permit; delinquency in child support payments. Provides for the revocation of an individual's concealed handgun permit if such individual (i) has failed to comply with a subpoena, summons, or warrant relating to paternity or child support proceedings or (ii) is delinquent in the payment of child support by 90 days or more or in an amount of $5,000 or more. If the obligor remedies the delinquency, reaches an agreement with the obligee or Department of Social Services to remedy the delinquency, or complies with the subpoena, summons, or warrant, he may reapply for a concealed weapons permit.

H.B. 1604 Firearms; criminal history record information check, penalties. Patron: Plum
Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" or "vendor" and requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before the vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check. The bill also requires that the promoter of a firearms show provide vendors access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal history record information check.

H.B. 1671 Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Patron: Simon
Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits individuals who are not licensed firearms dealers 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) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (ii) state and local correctional facilities, (iii) licensed private security companies, (iv) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (v) persons whose handgun has been lost or stolen or who are trading in a handgun, (vi) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (vii) purchases of antique firearms.

H.B. 1801 Firearms; display or distribution of information at shows. Patron: Spruill
Display or distribution of information at firearms shows. Requires a vendor or exhibitor at firearms shows to display at his booth or table a sign that contains his full legal name, the name and address of the business, if applicable, and his telephone number. The bill also provides that no vendor or exhibitor in the show may advertise that he is not required to obtain criminal history record information for potential customers or any other substantially similar statement.

H.B. 1864 Firearms show; State Police list of vendors or exhibitors. Patron: Rasoul
Firearms show; State Police list of vendors or exhibitors. Requires a promoter of a firearms show to include in his list of vendors or exhibitors submitted to State Police information regarding whether a vendor or exhibitor was selling or transferring a firearm and the vendor or exhibitor's dealer identification number, if applicable.

H.B. 1904 Firearms; penalty when accessible by children. Patron: Lopez
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.

H.B. 1909 Firearms magazines, certain; prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., penalty. Patron: Lopez
Prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms magazines; fine. Provides that any person, corporation, or other entity that manufactures, imports, possesses, purchases, sells, or transfers any large capacity magazine shall be subject to a $250 fine. The bill provides for exceptions to the prohibition, including the owner's registration with the Department of State Police following a criminal history record information check. The willful or intentional making of a materially false statement on the consent form required by the processes required for a criminal history record information check will subject the person making such statement to a $250 fine. The bill also provides that a registrant is limited to three large capacity magazines and must otherwise dispose of all magazines in excess of the limit. Finally, the bill outlines the registration process for anyone who owns a large capacity magazine.

H.B. 1923 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty. Patron: Murphy
Transfer of firearms; 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 a 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, and transfers by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust.

H.B. 1997 Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Patron: Morrissey
Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits individuals who are not licensed firearms dealers 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) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (ii) state and local correctional facilities, (iii) licensed private security companies, (iv) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (v) persons whose handgun has been lost or stolen or who are trading in a handgun, (vi) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (vii) purchases of antique firearms.

H.B. 2085 Firearms; purchase, possession, or transportation following convictions for certain misdemeanors. Patron: Murphy
Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; restoration of rights; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, brandishing a firearm, or two or more convictions of assault and battery from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crimes may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his rights to purchase, possess or transport a firearm.

H.B. 2232 Persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; purchase, etc., ammunition. Patron: Surovell
Purchase, etc., of ammunition by persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who has been involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment or who agreed to voluntary admission after being the subject of a temporary detention order to purchase, possess, or transport ammunition for a firearm. Current law only applies to the purchase, possession, or transportation of the firearm itself.

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