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Virginia: 2013 General Assembly Session Has Officially Convened!

Monday, January 14, 2013

On Wednesday, January 9, the Virginia General Assembly convened its 2013 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be monitoring and reporting on all pro/anti-gun and pro/anti-hunting bills throughout session.  As of today, the following legislation has been introduced:

House Bill 1391:  Sponsored by Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), HB 1391 would prohibit the possession of weapons in legislative buildings except by any person who lawfully possesses a handgun. The provisions of the bill would not apply to members of the General Assembly, their staff and law enforcement officers.

House Bill 1415:  Sponsored by Delegate Anne Crockett-Stark (R-6), HB 1415 would encode a version of “castle doctrine” that protects your inherent right to self-defense.

House Bill 1506:  Sponsored by Delegate Lynwood Lewis, Jr. (D-100), HB 1506 would allow certain officers to qualify to purchase their service firearms after 10 years.

House Bill 1662:  Sponsored by Delegate Mamye BaCote (D-95), HB 1662 would allow libraries to adopt ordinances to prohibit firearms and ammunition.

Senate Bill 1012: Sponsored by Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-49), SB 1012 would prohibit the possession of a firearm in Capitol Square, including the Capitol and other buildings predominantly used to conduct the business of the General Assembly. The prohibition would not apply to members of the General Assembly or to law enforcement officers. 

Senate Bill 1148:  Sponsored by Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-9), SB 1148 prohibits individuals from selling, bartering or transferring a magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Senate Bill 1228:  Sponsored by Senator Richard Saslaw (D-35), SB 1228 would effectively repeal firearms preemption, and allow localities to adopt ordinances to regulate firearms and ammunition that are stricter than the state level.

House Bill 2207:  Sponsored by Delegate Joseph Morrissey (D-74), HB 2207 would prohibit certain semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 20 rounds from being imported, sold, bartered or transferred.

The following bills seek to reform aspects of concealed carry:

House Bill 1326:  Sponsored by Delegate Luke Torian (D-52), HB 1326 would eliminate certain firearms safety courses that currently fulfill the resident and nonresident requirement for obtaining a concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 1557: Sponsored by Delegate Robert Marshall (R-13), HB 1557 would train designated individuals to carry concealed handguns on school property.

House Bill 1582:  Sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 1582 would permit armed security guards, if hired by the corresponding agency, to carry firearms onto school property and prohibits the Board of Social Services from adopting any regulations that would prevent a child day center from hiring an armed security officer.

House Bill 1604:  Sponsored by Delegate Peter Farrell (R-56), HB 1604 seeks to allow employees of any electronic security business or a locksmith, who has been issued a concealed handgun permit, to carry a firearm during their business duties.

House Bill 1679:  Sponsored by Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R-5), HB 1679 allows for the addition of a qualifying retired investigator of the security division of the State Lottery Department to carry a concealed firearm in lieu of a concealed carry permit so long as this person maintains the appropriate consultation papers, on his/her person, verifying their service is in good standing or retirement from the affiliated chief law enforcement officer.

House Bill 1693: Sponsored by Delegate Kaye Kory (D-38), HB 1693 removes exceptions for possessing certain unloaded firearms or knives in or upon a motor vehicle located at any elementary, middle or high school from the list of exceptions for possessing a weapon on school property.

House Bill 1833:  Sponsored by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), HB 1833 creates separate sections to address the general criminal prohibition against carrying concealed firearms; the requirements for applying for a concealed handgun permit; the process the circuit court follows in reviewing, issuing, and denying permits; the appeals process procedures for nonresidents to obtain permits; the renewal process disqualifications; and other procedural issues.

House Bill 1866: Sponsored by Delegate Roxann Robinson (R-27), HB 1866 seeks to change the definition of a “firearm.”

Senate Bill 703:  Sponsored by Senator Phillip Puckett (D-38), SB 703 would exempt retired correctional officers from any fee associated with obtaining a concealed handgun permit if they have at least 15 years of service.


The following bills relate to specific classes of individuals owning and possessing firearms:

House Bill 1410:  Sponsored by Delegate James Scott (D-53), HB 1410 would prohibit individuals convicted of a certain class of crime from possessing firearms.

House Bill 1660:  Sponsored by Delegate Christopher Stolle (R-83), HB 1660 would prohibit prisoners from possessing or transporting firearms when housed in local, state or community correctional facilities.

House Bill 1680: Sponsored by Delegate Joseph Yost (R-12), HB 1680 would increase the maximum duration that a person may be detained pursuant to a temporary detention order from 48 to 72 hours, and prohibit those individuals from possessing firearms.

Senate Bill 864:  Sponsored by Senator Barbara Favola (D-31), SB 864 would create additional penalties for individuals possessing firearms if subject to an emergency protective order.

The following bills related to hunting have been introduced:

House Bill 1762:  Sponsored by Delegate David Ramadan (R-87), HB 1762 would allow certain game to be hunted on Sundays on private land in the Counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William.

House Bill 2036:  Sponsored by Delegate Michael Webert (R-18), HB 2036 would allow bow hunting on Sundays.

House Bill 2037:  Sponsored by Delegate Michael Webert (R-18), HB 2037 would allow the hunting of nuisance species on Sunday.

House Bill 2112:  Sponsored by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), HB 2112 would allow Sunday Hunting, with approval, on state and federal military bases, installations and facilities.

House Bill 2225:  Sponsored by Delegate James Morefield (R-3), HB 2225 would allow Sunday Hunting on private lands, with the permission of the landowner.

Senate Bill 803:  Sponsored by Senator Thomas Garrett (D-22), SB 803 seeks to allow hunting and killing of certain nuisance species on Sundays.

Senate Bill 954: Sponsored by Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. (R -15) provides that the use of a drone by a private  person to monitor and photograph persons lawfully hunting on private property, when the drone is used by a private  person without the permission of the landowner, constitutes impeding hunting, a Class 3 misdemeanor.


The following bills related to mandatory reporting of lost and stolen firearms have been introduced:

Senate Bill 785: Sponsored by Senator David Marsden (D-37), SB 785 provides that a person may be held civilly liable from the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime if it can be shown that the firearm came into the possession of the person who committed the crime because of the failure of the civil defendant to adequately secure the firearm from theft or unauthorized possession.

Senate Bill 786:  Sponsored by Senator David Marsden (D-37), SB 786 would create a $250 civil penalty for failing to report a firearm has been lost or stolen.

Senate Bill 965:  Sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30), SB 965 would classify failing to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours as a misdemeanor.


The following bills relating to the regulation of private sales have been introduced:

House Bill 2025:  Sponsored by Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), HB 2025 requires a background check on all private sales, including between family members.

Senate Bill 911:  Sponsored by Senator Janet Howell (D-32), SB911 seeks to require 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.

Senate Bill 1001:  Sponsored by Senator Henry Marsh III (D-16), SB 1001 adds a definition of “firearms show 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.

Senate Bill 1136: Sponsored by Senator A. Donald McEachlin (D-9), SB 1136 requires a background check on all private sales, including between family members.

Senate Bill 1232:  Sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30), SB 1232 would also require a background check on all private sales, including between family members

Your NRA-ILA will keep you informed as these bills progress throughout this important legislative session so that you can contact your legislators and urge them to support the bills that advance your Second Amendment rights and reject those bills that would take away those rights.  Also, please continue to check your e-mail and for updates as well as additional legislation.


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