Firearms; criminal records check performed at a gun show before vendor may transfer. (SB1257)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transfer of firearms; criminal records check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" and requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before the vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check. The bill also adds a definition of "promoter" and requires that the promoter of a gun show provide vendors with access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal background check. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091529264
01/14/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB1257)
01/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1257)
01/26/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Read second time
01/28/2009Passed by for the day
01/29/2009Read second time
01/29/2009Floor substitute printed 099821216-S1 (Cuccinelli)
01/29/2009Floor substitute printed 091541228-S2 (Edwards)
01/29/2009Reading of amendments waived
01/29/2009Committee amendments agreed to
01/29/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1257E
01/29/2009Printed as engrossed 091529264-E
01/30/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB1257E)
01/30/2009Passed by for the day
02/02/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1257E)
02/02/2009Passed by for the day
02/03/2009Read third time and defeated by Senate (18-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2009Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2009Passed by for the day
02/04/2009Read third time and defeated by Senate (19-Y 21-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, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.


William Matthews writes:

How long is a background check good for?
The system should allow any individual to apply for his own background check and be issued a certificate, that he could update every 6 months, so he will clear to purchase a gun.