Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. (HB1899)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in-person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102207D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2019Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1899)
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/2019Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


JoAnne Norton writes:

Concealed carry means the person is going to be allowed to carry a gun. He or she should show competence in safely handling a gun. Numerous accidents have been recorded by someone shooting someone else accidentally or himself, or a child using a gun with detriment because the owner did not safely store his gun.

Tim Greene writes:

The vast majority of concealed handgun owners take safety and competence seriously. The fact is that concealed carriers are more competent than most police officers by virtue of their more frequent training.The above commenter makes an accusation about negligent use of a firearm without knowing if these people are concealed carriers or not. If the Commonwealth sees fit to require testing of competence at a public shooting range than the state should make this requirement free of charge to the applicant.