Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities by governing possession, etc., within locality. (HB421)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Control of firearms by localities. Grants localities authority to adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, or motion governing the possession, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof in the locality. Various provisions limiting such authority are repealed. Provisions limiting the authority of localities and state governmental entities to bring lawsuits against certain firearms manufacturers and others are also repealed. The bill also provides an exception to the requirement that an ordinance enacted regarding the disposition of certain firearms acquired by localities must provide that any firearm received be offered for sale by public auction or sealed bids to a person licensed as a dealer. The bill allows such ordinance to provide that if the individual surrendering the firearm requests in writing that the firearm be destroyed, then such firearm will be destroyed by the locality. Read the Bill »


01/31/2020: In Committee


01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100939D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/08/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB421)
01/09/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB421)
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB421)
01/24/2020Reported from Public Safety (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Read first time
01/29/2020Read second time
01/29/2020Passed by temporarily
01/29/2020Pending question ordered
01/29/2020Engrossed by House (53-Y 46-N)
01/29/2020VOTE: Engrossment (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Read third time and passed House (50-Y 48-N)
01/30/2020VOTE: Passage (50-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on 02/24/2020. It meets on Monday, 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.


Donald Emerson Bowler writes:

This is straight up crazy. How is a citizen to know when they are in violation of local ordinances?

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