Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence, training courses. (SB186)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence. Makes various changes to the types of training courses permitted to satisfy the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun in order to obtain a concealed handgun permit, including (i) requiring that a National Rifle Association (NRA) or Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) training course focus on the use and handling of a concealed handgun; (ii) requiring that a law-enforcement officer qualify to carry a handgun rather than a firearm in the course of normal police duties; and (iii) requiring that online NRA or DCJS training courses be synchronous. The bill eliminates as proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun (a) completing a hunter education or safety course; (b) completing a law-enforcement firearms safety or training course offered to security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any other division of law enforcement or security enforcement; and (c) having previously held a concealed handgun permit. The bill also provides that any proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun shall expire five years from the date of completion of such course or class. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103063D
01/04/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB186)
01/20/2016Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


Mike Wilson writes:

Nothing wrong with this bill. It is not a solution looking for a problem and it does not infringe on anyone's real or imagined Second Amendment rights.