Firearms; purchase by members of United States Armed Forces or Virginia National Guard. (HB1851)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase of firearms by members of the United States Armed Forces. Allows active duty members of the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard to purchase more than one handgun within a 30-day period. The bill also allows for a United States Department of Defense identification card to be used to establish proof of citizenship or lawful residence for purposes of purchasing assault firearms. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095987600
01/12/2009Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/27/2009Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/06/2009Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendments (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2009Speaker ruled Amendment by Delegate Athey not germane
02/09/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB1851E
02/09/2009Printed as engrossed 095987600-E
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House (86-Y 13-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (86-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Passed Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1851ER)
03/05/2009Signed by President
03/06/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Vetoed by Governor
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Governor's veto overridden (73-Y 26-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (73-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Alice Mountjoy writes:

There is no reason that military members need more than one handgun per month. The patron's office indicated that he believes that while on active duty, military personell miss their opportunity to buy a gun each month so this bill allows them to get around the rationing scheme. The military has enough problems with high suicide rates and post traumatic stress syndrome. Extra guns in their homes will not help.