Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties. (SB1429)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure where an attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer can apply to a circuit court judge for a warrant to remove firearms from a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others. If firearms are seized pursuant to the warrant, there will be a court hearing within 14 days from execution of the warrant to determine whether the firearms should be returned or retained by law-enforcement. Firearms may be retained for up to 180 days or, with court approval, may be transferred to a third party chosen by the person from whom they were seized. Persons who have been served with a warrant or who are the subject of an order are disqualified from having a concealed handgun permit or purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer and may not be employed by a licensed firearms dealer. It will also be a crime for a person to transfer a firearm to a person whom he knows has been served with a warrant or who is the subject of an order. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/23/2015Presented and ordered printed 15102360D
01/23/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1429)
01/26/2015Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)