Firearms; increases penalties for use, display, or discharge during commission of certain felonies. (HB2235)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use, display, or discharge of firearm in committing felony. Increases (exclusively mandatory minimum) penalties for use or display of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies from three to five years for a first offense and from five to eight years for a second or subsequent offense. The bill also adds a new three-year mandatory minimum sentence for actual discharge of a firearm during the commission of the offense. Read the Bill »


02/20/2013: Passed the Senate


01/13/2013Presented and ordered printed 13100098D
01/13/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB2235)
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Committee substitute printed 13104019D-H1
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2013Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/30/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2235H1)
01/31/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104019D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2235H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB2235H1)
02/13/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2013Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2013Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2013Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Placed on Calendar
02/21/2013Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 98-N)
02/21/2013VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Senate insisted on amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2013House acceded to request
02/21/2013Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2013Senators: Garrett, McDougle, Stuart
02/21/2013Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2013Delegates: Lingamfelter, Merricks, Surovell
02/23/2013No further action taken
02/23/2013Failed to pass in House


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 2 minutes.


stephen writes:

This bill sounds very weak, and odd, why only certain crimes? I have to wonder how some of these people get elected.