Emergency Services and Disaster Law; constitutional rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. (HB20)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Del. Mike Watson (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency services and disasters; constitutional rights.  Provides that nothing in the Emergency Services and Disaster Law shall be interpreted to limit or prohibit the possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/06/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100312D
12/06/2011Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/16/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB20)
01/25/2012Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/26/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
01/27/2012Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Read first time
01/31/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/2012Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Read third time
02/15/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2012Passed by temporarily
02/15/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2012Passed Senate with amendment (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Passed Senate with amendment (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/17/2012Senate amendment agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/17/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB20ER)
02/21/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB20ER)
02/21/2012Signed by Speaker
02/22/2012Signed by President
03/01/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 42 (effective 7/1/12)
03/01/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0042)


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.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB245.


stephen writes:

How much did the NRA give to this persons campaign ? I vote no, we have enough gun problems in this state.