SB965: Firearms; failure to report those lost or stolen, penalty.

SENATE BILL NO. 965

Offered January 9, 2013
Prefiled January 8, 2013
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 a section numbered 18.2-287.5, relating to lost or stolen firearms; failure to report; penalty.
Patron-- Ebbin

Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 a section numbered 18.2-287.5 as follows:

18.2-287.5. Failure to report lost or stolen firearms; false reports; penalty.

A. Any person who fails to report to the law-enforcement agency that serves the locality where the person resides the theft or loss of a firearm he owns or lawfully possesses within 24 hours of the time that he knew or reasonably should have known such firearm had been lost or stolen is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, and for any second or subsequent violation is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

B. Any person who knowingly files a false report under subsection A is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.