Firearms; mechanical devices designed to increase rate of fire, penalty. (SB1)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


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


11/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100781D
11/20/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/21/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1)
01/15/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2018Committee substitute printed 18105153D-S1
01/15/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/15/2018Incorporates SB113 (Favola)
01/15/2018Incorporates SB 676 (Deeds)
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB1)
01/22/2018Impact statement from VCSC (SB1S1)
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB1S1)
01/31/2018Passed by indefinitely in Finance (10-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB41, 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.