Firearms; mechanical devices designed to increase rate of fire, penalty. (HB41)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mechanical devices designed to increase the rate of fire of firearms; penalty. Prohibits the manufacture, import, sale or offer to sell, possession, transfer, or transportation of any device used to increase the rate of fire of any semi-automatic firearm beyond the capability of an unaided person to operate the trigger mechanism of that firearm. A violation is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/29/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101155D
11/29/2017Referred to Committee on Rules
11/30/2017Impact statement from VCSC (HB41)
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB41)
01/19/2018Referred from Rules
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
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: SB1, SB113 and SB676.


Laurie writes:

I support this Bill as it makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, offer for sale, possess, transfer, or transport in the Commonwealth a trigger activator, including a trigger crank or a bump-fire device, that is designed to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.

I would recommend that a violation of this section would be punishable more severe than a Class 1 misdemeanor.