Firearms; display or distribution of information at shows. (HB1801)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), and Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Display or distribution of information at firearms shows. Requires a vendor or exhibitor at firearms shows to display at his booth or table a sign that contains his full legal name, the name and address of the business, if applicable, and his telephone number. The bill also provides that no vendor or exhibitor in the show may advertise that he is not required to obtain criminal history record information for potential customers or any other substantially similar statement. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101394D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1801)
01/20/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #1
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Gregory J Wangler writes:

"The promoter shall examine each designated location to ensure compliance with the provisions of this section."

What does the bill suggest happen after this examination? What are the potential results of this examination? Does this bill discriminate against visually-impaired promoters?

The state imposes a law on selective business owners, then places a burden on private citizens to verify (and presumably enforce) compliance? I'm no lawyer, but I can shoot a couple dozen legal holes in this mindless, feel-good harassment of an industry that is already regulated, licensed, scrutinized and burdened like no other. If this kind of political "problem-solving" was ever passed, my business name, address, phone numeral ("if applicable"???), would be prominently displayed in black ink on a dark grey background, in font about the size of that which I'm typing right now, located at the top of my business banner that's 10 feet above floor level.

When will we ever elect politicians who are more interested in solving problems than creating them? Mr. Spruill, call your office.