Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course. (SB656)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services may distribute funds from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund to reimburse an entity that offers a firearms safety or training course or class approved by the Department free of charge to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, and family abuse. The bill also requires that, upon the issuance of a protective order, the petitioner for the order be provided with a list of such approved courses or classes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2016Presented and ordered printed 16104223D
01/19/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB656)
01/27/2016Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)


Mary D. Devoy writes:

Women in crisis? House GOP wants to help 'women in crisis' arm themselves, January 21, 2016

So the State of Virginia is going to train victims of abuse (who are in crisis) to shoot a gun at a “perp”. If the victim then murders said “perp” is the State of Virginia accountable for the murder?

This is a very odd service for the Commonwealth to start providing.

Are we going to buy the gun for the victim next year?

What about the ammo?

It’s like our Legislators are asking these women to do the job of the police, take him down and then all your problems will be over. Except if they murdered the guy just for sport.

This is not how victim/survivor funds should be spent in Virginia.