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. Amends § 18.2-53.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/20/2013: Passed the Senate


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