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Virginia: More Anti-Gun Legislation Scheduled for a Hearing in Subcommittee Tomorrow

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Virginia: More Anti-Gun Legislation Scheduled for a Hearing in Subcommittee Tomorrow

Today, the Senate Finance Committee defeated Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 79.

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Tomorrow, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee is scheduled to consider the following anti-gun measures:

House Bill 68 /House Bill 261 – Allows localities to prohibit law-abiding individuals from carrying a firearm for self-defense in buildings owned or operated by the locality.

House Bill 597 /House Bill 819 - Makes it a crime to knowingly possess a device that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm.  The broad and overreaching provisions in this legislation could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability. 

House Bill 649 /House Bill 1009 - Prohibits the carrying of a loaded shotgun or rifle in places open to the public in certain cities and counties. Current law prohibits the carrying in such locations of certain loaded firearms with high-capacity magazines, silencers, folding stock, or long ammunition or a loaded shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered.

House Bill 814 /House Bill 1019 /House Bill 1052 – Seeks to allow localities to prohibit law-abiding individuals from being able to carry a firearm for self-defense at lawful demonstrations, protests, parades, rallies, or other similar events.

House Bill 603 - Increases from $100 to $150 the maximum fee that can be charged by the Department of State Police for issuing a nonresident concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 648 – Requires any dealer who sells, trades, or transfers more than two firearms to an individual in a single transaction to report such transaction to the Department of State Police.

House Bill 929 – Requires that firearms, other weapons, and ammunition in a licensed family day home be stored in a locked closet, cabinet, or container during the family day home's hours of operation unless they are being lawfully carried on an individual's person. The bill requires that such firearms and weapons be stored unloaded and apart from ammunition and that the key or combination to such locked storage places be maintained out of reach of all children in the family day home.

House Bill 949 – Increases from the end of the next business day to within five business days the time in which State Police must advise a dealer if its records indicate that a firearms buyer or transferee is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm and the time after which a dealer may complete the sale or transfer without a response from the State Police. The bill removes the option in current law that a dealer may immediately complete the sale or transfer if he is advised by the State Police that a response will not be available within the required timeframe.

House Bill 950 – Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly authorize a child age four or younger to use a firearm or pneumatic gun.

House Bill 1394 – Requires a promoter of a firearms show to include in his list of vendors or exhibitors submitted to State Police information regarding whether a vendor or exhibitor was selling or transferring a firearm and, if applicable, the vendor or exhibitor's dealer identification number.

Please contact members of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee and urge them to OPPOSE the above anti-gun legislation.

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