Firearms; answering mental health questions on consent form required when purchasing. (SB226)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


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


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083806272
01/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB226)
01/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (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 amendment waived
01/30/2008Committee amendment agreed to
01/30/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB226E
01/30/2008Printed as engrossed 083806272-E
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
02/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB226E)
02/29/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Committee substitute printed 081580568-H1
03/04/2008Read second time
03/05/2008Read third time
03/05/2008Committee substitute agreed to 081580568-H1
03/05/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB226H1
03/05/2008Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008Delegates: Janis, Kilgore, Valentine
03/06/2008House substitute rejected by Senate (4-Y 36-N)
03/06/2008House insisted on substitute
03/06/2008House requested conference committee
03/06/2008Senate acceded to request (36-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2008Senators: McDougle, Edwards, Quayle
03/06/2008Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2008Delegates: Janis, Kilgore, Bowling
03/07/2008Conference substitute printed 080542272-S1
03/08/2008Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
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 Senate and House (SB226ER)
03/24/2008Signed by Speaker
03/26/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB226ER)
04/11/2008Governor's recommendation received by Senate

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB709.


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.