Voluntary admission; report to Central Criminal Records Exchange. (SB216)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary mental health treatment; purchase of firearms; reporting to Central Criminal Records Exchange. Clarifies that orders for both involuntary inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment must be forwarded by the clerk of court to the Central Criminal Records Exchange, and that persons ordered to either involuntary inpatient or outpatient treatment are prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. This bill codifies Executive Order 50 (2007). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083175228
01/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB216)
01/28/2008Committee substitute printed 080855228-S1
01/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2008Read second time
01/30/2008Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080855228-S1
01/30/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB216S1
01/31/2008Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2008Communicated to House
02/11/2008Placed on Calendar
02/11/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/21/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2008Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/22/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2008Committee substitute printed 089587228-H1
02/27/2008Reported from Appropriations (23-Y 0-N)
02/29/2008Read second time
03/03/2008Passed by for the day
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 089587228-H1
03/04/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB216H1
03/04/2008Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008Passed by temporarily
03/05/2008House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB216ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 751 (effective 7/1/08)
04/01/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB216ER)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB535, SB231, HB741, HB1054 and HB1475.


Doug Goncz writes:

This bill includes people accidentally or improperly ordered to treatment, and those ordered to treatment by jealous, psychotic lovers with more money than sense in the long list of those who cannot handle weapons.

What of the woman I know who shall remain anonymous, who has been beaten by her husband, is in fear of her life, has beeen the subject of paid private investigations and telephone taps, and needs--legimately needs--a firearm to protect herself from her divorced and psychotic husband, who, characteristically of psychoses, projects his illness on her, and has had treatment ordered for her? She was released well before 48 hours because she was not a danger to anyone. This law could, no, probably would cost her her life.

Alison Hymes writes:

This bill, which I don't support, would not apply to the woman you are writing about. If she was released before 48 hours, she was only Temporarily Detained, not committed involuntarily to a facility nor outpatient committed.

There should be provision for people to have their names removed from the list of those who can not buy firearms as there are in the new federal law.