Protective orders; possession of firearms, penalty. (SB49)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Prohibits a person who is subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm; currently, such person is only prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm. Such conduct is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100702D
12/16/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB49)
01/28/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB49)
02/01/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Committee substitute printed 16104977D-S1
02/01/2016Incorporates SB96
02/01/2016Rereferred to Finance
02/02/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB49S1)
02/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB49S1)
02/03/2016Reported from Finance (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read second time
02/05/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2016Committee substitute rejected 16104977D-S1
02/05/2016Floor substitute printed 16105191D-S2 (Howell)
02/05/2016Substitute by Senator Howell agreed to 16105191D-S2
02/05/2016Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB49S2
02/05/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Passed Senate (31-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Passed Senate (31-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB49S2)
02/09/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB49S2)
02/11/2016Placed on Calendar
02/11/2016Read first time
02/11/2016Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/2016Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Read second time
02/16/2016Passed by until Friday, February 19, 2016
02/17/2016Motion to reconsider pass by until Friday, February 19, 2016 agreed to
02/17/2016Passed by for the day
02/18/2016Passed by for the day
02/19/2016Read third time
02/19/2016Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2016Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2016Passed House with amendment (95-Y 3-N)
02/19/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB49ER)
02/22/2016Signed by President
02/22/2016Signed by Speaker
02/22/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/23/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB49ER)
02/26/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB49ER)
02/26/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 49 (effective 7/1/16)
02/26/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0049)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Jenny writes:

This needs to pass. Currently, it is a federal crime to possess a firearm while being a respondent on a protective order, but it isn't a state crime. It's mind-boggling that it hasn't been this way from the start.

Ken Jessup writes:

I agree with this bill with the exception of #8, if the word "USER" is struck, I ok with it.

marsha maines writes:

NO. Bad bill - UNLESS the DCSE is AUDITED and the Va Codes allowing DSS employees right to perform unauthorized practice of law is repealed.
currently DCSE is the PRIVATE Debt Collection agency funded by FED FUNDS and innocent men's enslavement to Social Services Unvalidated Claims of "debt" which currently operates OFF the State of Va's Dept of Treasurers books and has NEVER been audited by the FEDERAL Inspector General or Va. Auditor of Public Accounts as mandated by Va Code.
Allowing debt collectors who are paid for the sole purpose of jailing people for debt, extorting business owners, blackmailing banking institutions with administrative orders of garnishments without accountability, tapping into DMV records and altering driving statuses without any Legal Notice or Due Process, while it's employees earn upwards of over $90K a year plus benefits for being Mafia - is bad enough.
But to grant these individuals who operating this legalized prostitution and Human Trafficking operation protected by the JDR "family court" - while Va Code already permits theses gangsters the right to practice law without a license (illegal and unlawful) the ability to already draft "ADMINISTRATIVE" - PROTECTIVE ORDERS- is something only NAZI's would Praise.

Juan Bass writes:

Background checks should be required prior to any purchase of a firearm. In light of the increasing gun violence in this country, it's imperative to create and maintain a national restriction database.