Protective orders; possession of firearms, penalty. (SB797)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony for a person who is subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) for subjecting another person to an act of violence, force, or threat to possess a firearm while the order is in effect, which is equivalent to the existing penalty for possession of a firearm by a person subject to a permanent protective order for family abuse. The bill also provides that such person may continue to possess and transport a firearm for 24 hours after being served with the order for the purposes of selling or transferring the firearm to another person. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104111D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2018Impact statement from VCSC (SB797)
01/17/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2018Passed by indefinitely in Finance (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)