Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty. (HB1373)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who sells a firearm to another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill exempts transfers (i) between immediate family members, (ii) that occur by operation of law, (iii) by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust, and (iv) that are temporary and occur in the presence of the owner of the firearm or are necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that the Department shall have three business days to complete a criminal history record information check before a firearm may be transferred. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104696D
01/12/2018Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/2018Impact statement from VCSC (HB1373)
01/23/2018Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 2-N)
02/13/2018Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB412.