Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Legislative Update - Senate Passes Remaining House Gun Bills

The following bills were on today's Senate Floor Calendar:

Unfinished Business Senate
SB 69 Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty. - Yesterday, the  House insisted on the substitute that removed exemption for concealed handgun permit holders, and requested a conference committee. No action was taken in the Senate today.

SB 263 Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence, effective date. The Senate acceded to the request for a conference and appointed Senators: Bell, Deeds, Stuart.  Awaiting House Conferees

SB 593 Licensed family day homes; storage of firearms. Senate acceded to request for a conference and appointed Senators Hanger, McClellan, Stuart. Awaiting House conferees.

Senate - House Bills on Third Reading -  These bills were conformed to the Senate Companion bills in Senate Judiciary on Monday (with the exception of HB9 and HB1083)  which the senate versions were defeated before crossover.

HB 2 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penaltyPassed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N)

HB 9 Firearms; reporting those lost or stolen, civil penalty. This bill was amended on the floor to change the required reporting time from 24 to 48 hours.  Lt. Governor Fairfax cast the tie breaking vote. Bill passed 21-20.

HB 264 Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. This bill was amended in Senate Judiciary to include NRA Certified Training as an approved training.  Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N)

HB 421 Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities by governing possession, etc., within locality. This bill was amended on the floor to exempt ROTC and other higher education programs using firearms. Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (22-Y 18-N)

HB 674 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties. ("Red Flag" bill) Passed by for the day

HB 812 Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty. Passed by for the day

HB 1004 Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalty.

HB 1080 Firearms or other weapons; unauthorized to possess on school property. Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N)

HB 1083 Minors; allowing access to firearms, This bill was amended in committee to reduce the penalty from a Class 6 Felony to a Class 1 Misdemeanor.  The current penalty is a Class 3 Misdemeanor.  It also keeps the age at 14 which is current law instead of raising it to 18 as introduced. Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N)

House of Delegates:
The following Senate bills were on the House Calendar today on final passage. 

SB71     Firearms; possession on school property - Conformed to the House version  Passed House with substitute (54-Y 46-N)

SB173   Stun weapons; prohibits possession on school property, exemptions. (VSSA supports this bill) - House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)

SB70  Firearm transfers; criminal history record information check, penalty. This was conformed to the House version which requires a background check on sales and transfers.  The Senate version only required them on sales.  Passed House with substitute (54-Y 46-N)

SB240 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk of injury to himself, etc., penalties.  Red Flag bill.  This bill was changed in the House to remove some of the due process protections added in the Senate.  In Senate Judiciary the House version was amended and brought more in line with what the House did to SB240. Passed House with substitute (53-Y 47-N)

SB479   Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalty. Passed House with substitute (56-Y 41-N)

SB14      Trigger activators; prohibition, penalty. This bill as amended in the Senate restates the Federal "bump stock" ban  House: Passed House (55-Y 45-N)

Both the House and the Senate are still in session as this update is being being posted.   As soon as additional conferees are appointed, they will be posted here on the blog.

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