Concealed handgun permits, lifetime; Department of State Police to issue, penalty. (SB608)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson) with support from co-patron Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Lifetime concealed handgun permits; Department of State Police to issue; penalty. Provides for the issuance of concealed handgun permits that do not expire to Virginia residents upon payment of a one-time fee of $100, except that the fee for a person currently holding an unexpired permit is $50. Currently, the fee for issuing such permits is $50, and the permits must be renewed every five years with an additional $50 fee charged each time. Such lifetime permits will include a photograph of the permittee. The bill also centralizes the issuance of concealed handgun permits with the Department of State Police, instead of current law which provides that the circuit court clerk for the jurisdiction where the applicant resides issues such permits. The Department of State Police must issue a permit within 45 business days of receipt of a completed application, unless the applicant is disqualified, and a replacement permit within 30 business days of receipt of a notarized statement from the permittee that the permit was lost or stolen. Permittees must notify the Department of State Police within 30 business days of any change in their address. The bill also requires the Department of State Police to conduct periodic background checks during the lifetime of any permit issued in the Commonwealth. The bill provides for a process by which a person whose permit application was denied or whose permit was revoked may appeal such determination. The Department of State Police will submit a report containing statistical information regarding the issuance of concealed handgun permits annually to the General Assembly. The bill also requires the Department of State Police to charge a fee of $25 for the issuance of a permit to certain retired non-Virginia law-enforcement personnel (currently no fee is charged), $200 for the issuance of a nonresident permit (currently $100), $10 for the issuance of a replacement permit (currently $10 due to an address change or $5 for a lost or destroyed permit), and $50 for the transference of a nonresident permit into a resident permit. Finally, the bill provides that any person who knowingly possesses a revoked or suspended permit is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and is guilty of a Class 6 felony if he is simultaneously in possession of a concealed handgun. The bill does not alter current penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2015. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103717D
01/13/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB608)
01/27/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14104403D-S1
01/27/2014Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB608S1)
01/31/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB608S1)
02/04/2014Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB608S1)
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104403D-S1
02/06/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB608S1
02/07/2014Passed by for the day
02/10/2014Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2014Passed by for the day
02/11/2014Read second time
02/11/2014Amendment by Senator Stuart withdrawn
02/11/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended SB608S1
02/11/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/11/2014Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N)
02/13/2014Placed on Calendar
02/13/2014Read first time
02/13/2014Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/28/2014Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety


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 4 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB736.


edward writes:

WHY are legislators falling all over themselves to kneel in front gun freaks?

Reduce THEIR fees?! Increase THEIR privileges?! ... while increasing fees, taxes, and restrictions on the rest of us?!

Legislators really are kneeling, licking and swallowing.