Concealed handguns; prohibits person carrying onto premises of restaurants from consuming alcohol. (HB505)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox), Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Bill Cleaveland (R-Roanoke), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton), Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handguns; restaurants.  Prohibits a person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of a restaurant or club from consuming an alcoholic beverage while on the premises. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100503D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/09/2010Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Committee substitute printed 10105063D-H1
02/10/2010Read first time
02/11/2010Read second time
02/11/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105063D-H1
02/11/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB505H1
02/12/2010Read third time and passed House (67-Y 27-N)
02/12/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (67-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/01/2010Assigned Courts sub: Special
03/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Read third time
03/10/2010Reading of amendment waived
03/10/2010Committee amendment agreed to
03/10/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/10/2010Passed Senate with amendment (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Passed Senate with amendment (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Placed on Calendar
03/11/2010Senate amendment agreed to by House (69-Y 27-N)
03/11/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (69-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB505ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/13/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 709 (effective 7/1/10)
04/13/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0709)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 8 clips in all, totaling 13 minutes.


Maria writes:

It is very disturbing and scary that this law was even passed. How will these establishments prevent gun carriers from consuming alcohol once they are in? Are they required to tell the managers that they are carrying one? Are they really in need of a gun while eating AND with children around?

Brendan writes:

@ Maria...
The beautiful thing about concealed weapon permit holders is they respect laws. A business owner that doesn't want concealed weapon permit holders to carry in his establishment just has to post a notice thats visibile when you enter that business. Simple as that. He wont have to worry about those law abiding citizens, just the criminals that don't care about laws in the first place, let alone his notice. Business owner gets what he wants and the concealed carry individual will find somewhere else to spend his money.

bill writes:

Is it still legal for me to go in a bar or rest., wearing a gun on my hip (exposed),and drink what i want ?

Brendan writes:

Certainly is...thats what I don't understand all the uproar is about this new law. You can have open carry folks prance in and drink like a fish. They could be ANYONE for all we know, but you have someone licensed to carry with a background check done carrying in a restaurant that serves the occasional beer, and doesnt drink. I would imagine people would be furious about the current law...not the new one...

bill writes:

The media has alot to do with it .(sorry 12 no offence int.)They don't say anything about the old law they just put the new law out there like its the only fart that ever stunk.