Concealed handgun permits; completion of firearms training, etc., may be done electronically. (SB1528)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk), and Sen. Ken Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handgun permits; handgun competence demonstration. Provides that the completion of a firearms training or safety course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor may be done electronically or on-line. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/23/2009Presented and ordered printed 091535328
01/23/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/02/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2009Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2009Placed on Calendar
02/12/2009Read first time
02/12/2009Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/18/2009Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/19/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/20/2009Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read second time
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1528ER)
03/04/2009Signed by President
03/06/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Vetoed by Governor
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Passed in enrolled form (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Governor's veto overridden (73-Y 23-N)
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 779 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009Governor's veto overridden
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 780 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009Passed in enrolled form not withstanding Governor's objections (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Pending question ordered
04/08/2009Governor's veto overridden (73-Y 23-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (73-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Bill became law, Chapter 780 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0780)


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 4 minutes.


Alice Mountjoy writes:

This bill is misnamed. If this bill passes, it will weaken requirements for oversight over "competence" by allowing a one hour online course to satisfy the requirement for competence before a permit is issued to carry a concealed weapon. You will not even have to own a handgun to qualify to carry it secretly in public... much less know how to shoot...or even see!