Firearms; possession by certain persons who have had parental rights terminated. (HB1055)

Introduced By

Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield) with support from co-patrons Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), and Del. David Poisson (D-Sterling)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of firearms by certain persons who have had parental rights terminated; penalty. Prohibits a person who has had his parental rights terminated based upon a finding of aggravated circumstances from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. The bill defines aggravated circumstances as torture, chronic or severe abuse, or chronic or severe sexual abuse of a child of the parent or a child with whom the parent resided at the time such conduct occurred. A violation of this section would be a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 085911720
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1055)
02/12/2008Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Marsha Maines writes:

The right to bear firearms has NOTHING to do with termination of parental rights. Parental rights are most often terminated due to the fact that the 'parent' never wanted the child in the first place, was blackmailed into paying child support by a predatory woman who got pregnant on purpose, or they weren't able to prevent the 'state' from interfering with their ability and or rights to raise their child. Sorry, this one isn't in 'the child's best' interest and it violates an adults fundamental right to bear arms.

Alison Hymes writes:

If people under permanent restraining orders can't possess guns, why should people who have been found to have tortured or severely abused a child?