Firearms; willful discharge resulting in permanent physical impairment, Class 6 felony. (SB65)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Brendon's Law; celebratory gunfire; penalty. Provides that any person who willfully discharges a firearm with no discernible or designated target within or into the limits of any city or town or within two miles of any occupied building and such conduct results in the death of another person is guilty of an offense punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than five nor more than 40 years. The bill also provides that such conduct that does not result in the death of another but does result in bodily injury to another person is a Class 3 felony. Finally, the bill provides that such conduct that does not result in the death or bodily injury to another is a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/19/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100105D
12/19/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/31/2013Impact statement from VCSC (SB65)
01/15/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2014Committee substitute printed 14104041D-S1
01/15/2014Rereferred to Finance
01/17/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB65S1)
02/04/2014Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104041D-S1
02/06/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB65S1
02/07/2014Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB65S1)
02/18/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/24/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/24/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/26/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2014Committee substitute printed 14105217D-H1
02/26/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/2014Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/28/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB65H1)
03/03/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2014Read second time
03/06/2014Read third time
03/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105217D-H1
03/06/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB65H1
03/06/2014Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Title replaced 14105217D-H1
03/07/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB65ER)
03/07/2014Signed by Speaker
03/10/2014Signed by President
03/11/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB65ER)
03/31/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB65ER)
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 444 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0444)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 8 minutes.