Firearms; pointing, holding, or brandishing in presence of a law-enforcement officer, penalty. (HB783)

Introduced By

Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Brandishing a firearm; law-enforcement officer; penalty. Provides for a six-month mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction of a person for pointing, holding, or brandishing a firearm or similar weapon in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another if the offense is committed in the presence of someone who the person knows or has reason to know is a law-enforcement officer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100962D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2016Impact statement from VCSC (HB783)
01/19/2016Assigned to sub: Criminal Law
01/19/2016Assigned App. sub: Criminal Law
01/19/2016Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB783)
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/12/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Committee substitute printed 16105288D-H1
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105288D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB783H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House (76-Y 23-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (76-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB783H1)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/2016Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


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 35 seconds.


ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill. Among other things, mandatory minimum sentences: increase the effects of existing racial disparities in the criminal justice system, strip judges of the ability to make the sentence fit the crime, empower prosecutors to push defendants into bargaining away their constitutional rights, and unnecessarily increase the prison population. The ACLU of Virginia opposes legislation that would expand or increase mandatory minimum sentences.