Firearms; purchase and sale of rifles or shotguns, penalties. (HB61)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)

Progress

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

Description

Firearms; purchase and sale of rifles or shotguns; penalties. Prohibits the sale of any rifle, shotgun, or assault rifle by a federally licensed firearms dealer to any out-of-state resident. Under current law, out-of-state residents may purchase rifles, shotguns, or assault rifles from licensed dealers in the Commonwealth provided certain background checks have been passed. Also, the bill moves language regarding driver's license designations from Title 18.2, Crimes and Offenses Generally, to Title 46.2, Motor Vehicles, with no substantive change to the language. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/05/2013Committee
12/05/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100309D
12/05/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
12/06/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB61)
01/14/2014Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/12/2014Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

Comments

J. Browning writes:

Why?

The current system is fine.

There are 2 scenarios for an out of stater to buy a gun from a VA FFL Dealer.

In person - a person from North Carolina is in VA and wants to buy a shotgun on sale at the Dicks Sporting Goods, he must fill out the background check information and pass the check before he can buy it.

Online - he buys from an FFL dealer online. The gun must be shipped to an FFL dealer in the buyer's state where he has to undergo a background check.

THE CURRENT SYSTEM INCLUDES BACKGROUND CHECKS!!

This bill, is only a way to prevent guns from being sold to law abiding citizens. Sad and pathetic.

H Hrobuchak writes:

I agree with J. Browning, not to mention loss of revenue from sales tax and the pinch it puts on Richmond businesses.

Greg writes:

As a business owner who operates at large sales events that attract a significant number of out-of-state customers, this law would have a detrimental effect on my livelihood. Also, in spite of claims that Virginia is a "business-friendly" state, it would disqualify non-Virginia citizens from travelling to the Old Dominion to purchase firearms, depriving us of those tax dollars, local business profits, and the benefits of any secondary spending done in conjunction with firearms purchases (food, gas, other shopping, etc.).

Although there is no explanation by the author of this bill as to her imagined benefit of such a law, let me assure anyone who might believe there is some kind of nefarious loophole being closed here. All purchases from licensed dealers have to undergo the FBI National Instant Check System approval process, no matter which state the buyer is from. Furthermore, out of state residents pay a 150% higher fee than Virginia buyers for that background check-- another revenue benefit to our state government that would be eliminated by this bill.

I find myself wondering whether there is ANY other consumer commodity that is illegal for American citizens to buy, just because they crossed a state line to shop. Health insurance comes to mind, and we see what that got us. Maybe this is a stepping stone to www.obamaguns.gov and government exchanges for buying bureaucrat-approved firearms. (?)

dave baker writes:

This is another insane and totally unnecessary proposal to deprive law-abiding citizen from exercising their second amendment rights. I am disturbed by the lack of common sense demonstrated by a Delegate of the Commonwealth of Virginia.