Firearms, certain; certification by chief law-enforcement officer within 30 days of request. (HB878)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement certification of certain firearms. Requires that when certification of a chief law-enforcement officer is required by federal law for transfer of a firearm, as defined in the National Firearms Act, such certification must be provided within 15 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm. The definition of "firearm" includes machine guns, rifles and shotguns of a certain length, weapons made from certain rifles or shotguns, silencers, and destructive devices. Read the Bill »


02/12/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102846D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/2014Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB878)
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
01/17/2014Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2014Committee substitute printed 14104110D-H1
01/20/2014Read first time
01/21/2014Read second time
01/21/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104110D-H1
01/21/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB878H1
01/22/2014Read third time and passed House (64-Y 32-N)
01/22/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (64-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB878)
01/23/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB878H1)
02/12/2014Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 10 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill relies on the 26 U.S. Code § 5845 definition of "firearm", which includes:

(1) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas
(A) bomb,
(B) grenade,
(C) rocket having a propellent charge of more than four ounces,
(D) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,
(E) mine, or
(F) similar device;

Missiles? Grenades? Really?

Kevin Thoresen writes:

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2d Amendment!

I'm so glad I don't live in VA anymore...