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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Legislative Update for February 18

Wednesday was Crossover which marks the halfway point of the General Assembly.  There are no bad bills remaining though a number of good bills died too.  At the start of the session VSSA's goal was to address the concealed carry reciprocity issue and the legislative team believes the agreement worked out with the Governor is a big win for gun owners because it actually expands reciprocity while not mandating background checks on private sales at gun shows but provides a mechanism for gun owners who want to use the option of a background check on a prospective buyer.  The legislative team will continue to monitor the progress to make sure nothing changes as the gun ban lobby is still trying to push McAuliffe to make changes to the agreement

The Senate versions of the three bills making up the agreement between Governor Terry McAuliffe and GOP leadership to overturn AG Mark Herring's December action are all before the full House of Delegates and will likely win final approval in Friday.  The House versions were reported out of Senate Courts on Wednesday and should also win final approval by Friday.
You can see the complete list of bills that died on the VSSA Legislative Tracking Form.

Here are a list of the bills still alive awaiting action by either the House or Senate:
HB 51: Purchase of weapons other than handguns by certain officers.
HB 83: Federal firearms laws; enforcement.
HB 90: Possession of handguns by members of the Virginia National Guard.
HB 206: Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement.
HB 332: Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt.
HB 382:Control of firearms by state agencies; rights of employees.
HB 560: Brandishing a firearm; intent; penalty.
HB 766: Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders.
HB 768: Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course.
HB 783: Brandishing a firearm; law-enforcement officer; penalty.
HB 784: Possession of firearms by persons adjudicated delinquent; military service exception.
HB 809: Sale of firearms; persons not lawfully present in United States; penalty.
HB 810: Transfer of assault weapon; proof of citizenship.
HB 1087: Violation of protective order; possession of a firearm or other deadly weapon; penalty.
HB 1096: Regulation of firearms by state entities.
HB 1163: Recognition of out-of-state concealed handgun permits. 
HB 1234: School security officers; carrying a firearm.
HB 1281: Carrying concealed weapons; exception for certain retired officers.
HB 1386: Firearms shows; voluntary background checks; penalties.
HB1391: Protective orders; possession of firearms.
SB 49: Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty.
SB 175: Concealed handgun permits; sharing of information.
SB 178: Concealed handgun permits; reciprocity.
SB 187: Transfer of firearms; permit required.
SB 198: Carrying concealed weapons; exceptions.
SB 205: Purchase of handguns by certain officers.
SB 323: Possession or transportation of firearms; protective orders; penalty.
SB 479: Retired law-enforcement officers; concealed handguns.
SB 544: Concealed handgun permit; judges exempt.
SB 608: Confiscation, reporting, and return of firearms by law enforcement.
SB 610: Recognition of out-of-state concealed handgun permits.
SB 615: Purchase of weapons other than handguns by certain officers.
SB 626: Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders.
SB 677: Fees for concealed handgun permits. Makes the $10 fee that the clerk of court is now required to charge for processing a concealed handgun permit application or issuing a concealed handgun permit discretionary with the clerk.
SB 713: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Advisory Commission.
SB 715: Firearms shows; voluntary background checks; penaltiesWith fewer bills they will move quickly as the session winds down

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