Firefighters and emergency medical services providers; carrying a concealed handgun. (SB715)

Introduced By

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying a concealed handgun; firefighters and emergency medical services providers. Provides that any firefighter or person employed as emergency medical services personnel may carry a concealed handgun while engaged in the performance of his official duties, provided that such firefighter or person employed as emergency medical services personnel has been approved to carry a concealed handgun by his fire chief or emergency medical services chief. The bill requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and the Department of Fire Programs, to develop a model policy regarding carrying a concealed handgun for firefighters and emergency medical services personnel. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103400D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2018Committee substitute printed 18105180D-S1
01/15/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2018Reported from Finance (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Read second time
02/09/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105180D-S1
02/09/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB715S1
02/12/2018Passed by temporarily
02/12/2018Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/19/2018Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18107583D-H1
02/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB715H1)
02/27/2018Read second time
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Passed by for the day
03/02/2018Passed by for the day
03/05/2018Passed by for the day
03/06/2018Passed by for the day
03/07/2018Read third time
03/07/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107583D-H1
03/07/2018Amendment by Delegate Cline agreed to
03/07/2018Defeated by House (35-Y 62-N)
03/07/2018VOTE: DEFEATED (35-Y 62-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Walker writes:

Crying shame that those that protect us can't protect themselves at work.