Handgun and assault firearm transfers; criminal history record checks, age requirement, penalty. (HB2797)

Introduced By

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Handgun and assault firearm transfers; criminal history record checks; age requirement; penalty. Provides that to purchase a handgun or an assault firearm from a licensed firearm dealer, a person must (i) be age 21 or older, (ii) have attained age 18 by July 1, 2019, or (iii) be 18, 19, or 20 and have received a high school diploma, have passed a high school equivalency examination approved by the Board of Education, or be a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard of the Commonwealth or any other state and must consent in writing to have the dealer obtain criminal history record information. The bill also redefines "assault firearm" as the term applies to firearm transfers by licensed firearm dealers by reducing from more than 20 to more than 10 the number of rounds of ammunition that a firearms magazine for such firearm will hold in order to be defined as an "assault firearm." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104846D
01/18/2019Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2797)
01/22/2019Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/2019Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety