Firearms, certain; law-enforcement certification. (HB2009)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


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 60 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm. If the applicant is prohibited by law from receiving the firearm, the chief law-enforcement officer or his designee shall notify the applicant in writing of the reason for the prohibition. For the purposes of this measure, the definition of "firearm" is limited to machine guns, rifles and shotguns of a certain length, weapons made from certain rifles or shotguns, and silencers. If the chief law-enforcement officer fails to provide certification within 60 days, the applicant has a right to an ore tenus hearing in circuit court and, unless the evidence shows that the applicant is prohibited by law from receiving the firearm, the court shall order the chief law-enforcement officer to issue the certification within five business days. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103495D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #1
02/05/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Committee substitute printed 15104621D-H1
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104621D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2009H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (68-Y 32-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/23/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2009H1)
02/24/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Passed by for the day
02/24/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Read third time
02/25/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2015Passed Senate with amendment (25-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Placed on Calendar
02/26/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (71-Y 29-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (71-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2009ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2009ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015G Vetoed by Governor
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Governor's veto overridden (68-Y 31-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (68-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Senate sustained Governor's veto (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Requires 27 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.