Firearms; person legally incompetent, etc. prohibited from purchasing. (HB709)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) with support from co-patron Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase of firearms; consent form; mental health questions. Requires that a person seeking to purchase a firearm from a firearms dealer answer questions on the state background check consent form concerning whether the applicant has ever been acquitted by reason of insanity, been adjudicated legally incompetent or mentally incapacitated, or been involuntarily admitted to a facility or involuntarily ordered to out-patient mental health treatment. Read the Bill »


03/26/2008: Passed the General Assembly


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081415568
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB709)
02/08/2008Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2008Speaker ruled amendment by Delegate Scott, J.M. not germane
02/11/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB709E
02/11/2008Printed as engrossed 081415568-E
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB709E)
02/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
02/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/29/2008Committee substitute printed 089608272-S1
03/03/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB709S1)
03/03/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 089608272-S1
03/04/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB709S1
03/04/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (1-Y 97-N)
03/05/2008Placed on Calendar
03/05/2008Senate substitute rejected by House (1-Y 97-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- REJECTED (1-Y 97-N)
03/06/2008Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008Senate requested conference committee
03/06/2008House acceded to request
03/06/2008Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2008Delegates: Janis, Kilgore, Bowling
03/06/2008Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2008Senators: McDougle, Edwards, Quayle
03/07/2008Conference substitute printed 080541568-H1
03/08/2008Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2008Reading of conference report waived
03/08/2008Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/24/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB709ER)
03/24/2008Signed by Speaker
03/26/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB709ER)
04/11/2008Governor's recommendation received by House

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB226.


Doug Goncz writes:

Sounds reasonable on the face of it, but if I had been adjudicated legally incompetent or mentally incpacitated, it is unlikely I'd remember that or be able to answer the question honestly. Also, anyone adjudicated in absentia would likely answer the question falsely, but paradoxically, in complete honesty.