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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Senate Courts Committee Wrap-up

A number of bad gun bills were disposed of in Wednesday afternoon's Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  The list includes:

SB 95 Use of firearm in commission of crime; civil liability.
SB 185 Firearms, loaded; prohibits carrying certain firearms in public places, exception.
SB 186 Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence, training courses.
SB 199 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check, penalties.
SB 217 Firearm or pneumatic gun; allowing access by children age six or younger, penalty.
SB 301 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties.
SB 302 Firearms; access by children; penalty.
SB 411 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties.
SB 520 Concealed handgun permit; demonstration of competence.

There were several pro-rights bills that advanced as well:

SB 48 Concealed handgun; person may carry concealed without permit if otherwise eligible to obtain permit.
SB 175 Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information.
SB 608 Confiscation, reporting, and return of firearms by law enforcement.

Finally, bills advanced that, while not opposed by VSSA, allows people like judges to have special privileges that other citizens do not.  If it is fine for a judge to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, it should be just as fine for you or I to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Those bills include:

SB 198 Concealed weapons; adds any employee with internal investigations authority designated by DOC.
SB 205 Handguns; purchase by certain officers.
SB 479 Law-enforcement officers, retired; authority to carry concealed handguns.
SB 544 Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt.
SB 615 Purchase of weapons other than handguns by certain officers.

The bills that were reported out will be on the floor with final passage likely on Monday or Tuesday.

Update: You can see the Washington Post report on the committee meeting here.

Update 2: House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 met Thursday at 4:00 PM.  The following bills were taken up:

HB 12 Concealed handgun permits, out-of-state; photo identification - Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1163-Webert) by voice vote
HB 1163 Concealed handguns; recognition of out-of-state permits. Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
HB 90 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members at certain facilities - Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
HB 119 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members - Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB90-Taylor) by voice vote
HB 206 Firearms, certain; identification requirement - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
HB 382 Firearms; control by state agencies, etc - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
HB 593 General Services, Department of; regulation of firearms - Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1096-Webert) by voice vote
HB 1096 Firearms; regulation by state entities. Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
HB 766 Concealed handguns; carrying with a valid protective order - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
HB 809 Firearms; selling, bartering, etc., to persons not lawfully present in United States, penalty- Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)  Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
HB 810 Assault weapon; transfer of firearm, proof of citizenship - Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
HB 1107 Concealed handgun permit; reciprocity, report - Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
HB 1201 Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity - Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
HB 273 Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
HB 840 Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard  Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote

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