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Monday, January 26, 2015

All Anti-rights Bills Defeated in Senate Courts of Justice

After almost four hours, Senate Courts of Justice wrapped up a meeting that was dominated by consideration of firearm related bills.  The Committee defeated all of the anti-rights bills before the committee and move forward a handful of pro-rights bills. 

Update: At the time this was originally posted, it appeared that SB943 had passed the committee and been referred to Finance but a full vote recount was done and it failed miserably, so all of the bad bills heard today died.
Below is the list of bills bad bills that failed in Senate Courts this morning:

SB 768 - McEachin bill outlawing private sales - Defeated.
SB 798 Reinstating handgun rationing - Defeated.

SB 909 Prohibiting anyone subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm, without the protections of due process - Defeated.

SB 943: Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, assault and battery of a family or household member, or sexual battery from possessing or transporting a firearm. - Defeated*

SB 993 Prohibiting private transfer of firearms - Defeated.

SB 1108 - Revocation of CHP for delinquent child support - Defeated.
SB1178 Containing numerous anti-rights provisions - Defeated

SB 1179 Criminalize teaching children 4 or younger to use firearms or BB guns - Defeated.
SB 1429: Removal of firearms without due process by law enforcement or commonwealth attorney from persons posing substantial risk - Defeated.
There were also some good bills that were reported out of committee:

SB 689 - Lifetime CHPs -  Reported and referred to Senate Finance.
SB 1132 - Exception to the crime of possessing a firearm on school property if a person has a valid concealed handgun permit and possession of a concealed handgun occurs outside normal school hours. The bill also provides an exception if a person with a concealed handgun permit stores a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school; current law allows possession while the person is in the motor vehicle in one of those areas.  - Reported.
SB1137 - Provides that lawful concealed carry permit holders shall not be subject to the provisions of certain local ordinances that make it unlawful for any person to transport, possess, or carry a loaded shotgun or loaded rifle in any vehicle on any public street, road, or highway within such locality - Reported
SB1155 - Replaces current requirements that law-enforcement agencies report information regarding confiscated firearms to the Department of State Police with a requirement that information be reported to a firearms tracing system maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice. The bill requires law-enforcement agencies to return stolen firearms to the rightful owner unless the person is prohibited from possessing the firearm or it is needed in a criminal prosecution. - Reported 
SB1191 - Amends statute that makes it a Class 6 felony to possess a firearm on school property or school bus to require that the person must have knowingly possessed the firearm- Reported

Finally, Senator Dick Black's bill  (SB 828) that would have allowed firearms on the property of private and religious schools was stricken from the docket.

All of the bills reported this morning with the exception of SB 943 and SB 689 are headed to the full Senate for a final vote that will likely take place Wednesday or Thursday.  SB 943 and SB 689 must be taken up in Senate Finance to determine their fiscal impact.

Please contact your state senator and urge him or her to vote for the list of good bills above.

*Note: This is an edited version of a post from January 26th. When this was originally posted, based on initial votes in the committee, it was believed SB 943 had been reported by the committee and referred to Senate Finance.  VSSA tweeted live as did another gun rights group and gun ban advocate that the bill had reported.  When the votes were posted by the Senate clerks office, SB943 had been soundly defeated.  The Washington Post reported on January 27 that due to the confusion, the committee will vote on the bill a second time.

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