Firearms; person guilty of Class 4 felony if sells to person he knows is prohibited from possessing. (SB1378)

Introduced By

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), and Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Sale and transport for sale of firearms to certain persons; penalty. Provides that any person who sells, barters, gives, etc., any firearm to any person he knows is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm under Virginia law is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Under current law, the penalty for such offense is a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that a person who engages in the "strawman" purchase of a firearm, where he purchases a firearm with the intent to resell or transport with the intent to resell outside of the Commonwealth to any person he knows is prohibited from purchasing a firearm, is guilty of a Class 4 felony and shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of one year. Under current law, the penalty for such an offense is a Class 5 felony. Finally, the bill provides that a person who is ineligible to purchase or possess a firearm and who assists any other person in the strawman purchase of a firearm is guilty of a Class 4 felony with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years. Under current law, the penalty for such offense is a Class 5 felony. If such violation involves multiple firearms, the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment is 10 years. Amends § 18.2-308.2:1, § 18.2-308.2:2, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
02/08/2013Introduced at the request of Governor
02/08/2013Presented and ordered printed 13104694D
02/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1378)
02/11/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Rereferred to Finance
02/12/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1378)
02/13/2013Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read first time
02/15/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Placed on Calendar
02/18/2013Read first time
02/18/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Read second time
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2013Engrossed by House as amended SB1378
02/20/2013Passed House with amendment (84-Y 11-N)
02/20/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (84-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Enrolled
02/23/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1378ER)
02/23/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1378ER)
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/28/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1378ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 797 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (87-Y 7-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (87-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (SB1378ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 797 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0797)
04/08/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB1378ER2)