Concealed handgun permit applications; access to personal information. (HB2144)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Nutter (R-Christiansburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handgun permits; access to permittee information. Protects from public disclosure permittee names and descriptive information held by the Department of State Police for purposes of entry into the Virginia Criminal Information Network. However, the information would still be available to law-enforcement agencies, officers, and agents in the course of law-enforcement duties, and nonidentifying statistical information would be available to the general public. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 096611660
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2144)
01/20/2009Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/06/2009Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-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 (15-Y 0-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 (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2144ER)
03/04/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2144ER)
03/05/2009Signed by President
03/06/2009Signed by Speaker
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 235 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0235)


Carson writes:

Over the last few years some Virginia newspapers have used this information to publish the names and addresses of permit holders. While an interesting case balancing the freedom of information and the rights to privacy, it comes down to that it's just plain stupid to publish this list. This bill starts to correct that, but still leaves a backdoor for newspapers to get the information and publish it.

Alison Hymes writes:

No one forces anyone to apply for a concealed weapon permit. If you want one you should be prepared for the public to know about it. I certainly want to know if any of my neighbors have one.

John Gorham writes:

Concealed carry is for the purpose of self protection and in some of others. That information is no one else's business...especially those involved in illegal activities. Carriers are; background checked and fingerprinted, experienced in handling and use of firearms and well aware of the concequences of their use. They are no danger to the public at large or to law enforcement officials. If a neighbor has a permit...good for them...and...lucky for you. don't need to know....unless they want to tell you.

TFred writes:

Even the most staunch anti-gun folks should be able to understand that if you allow a newspaper to publish a name and street of a CHP holder, with google/yahoo/mapquest, etc. it takes about 60 seconds to print out a map and directions to the house! Why not just put a sign up in your front yard that says "Hey, watch my house, when I leave, just come on in and steal my guns!!"

You would THINK that even the anti-gun folks would WANT to protect this information from the criminals. But then again, they live in a make-believe world where their criminals obey all gun laws...

This bill needs to be amended to protect ALL SOURCES of CHP holder information, not just the State Police release. This bill is worse than useless in its present form, because it appears to fix a problem, but in truth, does nothing.