Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. (HB161)

Introduced By

Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. Allows any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a resident concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103487D
12/23/2019Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB161)
01/20/2020Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)
02/11/2020Left in Public Safety


Mike writes:

This is common sense. An individual has a right to self-defense. A permit is a ridiculous process of asking permission. If you passed a background check for the firearm, then the background check for the permit is unnecessarily redundant. It's simply an effort to suppress people from exercising their rights.

Derick Keaton writes:

It's all about money.