Indoor shooting ranges; prohibited in buildings not owned or leased by the Commonwealth. (HB567)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Indoor shooting ranges; prohibited in buildings not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government; exceptions; civil penalty. Prohibits the operation of an indoor shooting range, defined in the bill, in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government unless (i) fewer than 50 employees work in the building or (ii) (a) at least 90 percent of the users of the indoor shooting range are law-enforcement officers or federal law-enforcement officers, (b) the indoor shooting range maintains a log of each user's name, phone number, address, and the law-enforcement agency where such user is employed, and (c) the indoor shooting range verifies each user's identity and address by requiring all users to present a government-issued photo-identification card. The bill provides that any person that violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000 for the initial violation and $5,000 per day for each day of violation thereafter. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104806D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB567)
02/11/2020Left in Public Safety


Robert Legge writes:

what is the concern that this bill is needed?

TG writes:

So what exactly is the public safety purpose of this legislation?

There is no reasonable purpose for this other than restricting the citizens ablity to conduct a lawful business and participate in a lawful activity.

Legislators must show how an indoor shooting range is in any way harming the citizens of the commonwealth.

Bill P writes:

Dan's 15 seconds of fame as he tries (and fails) to shut down the NRA.

Randy Bubb writes:

This looks like a pretense for government take over of the shooting ranges. At the same time identifying as many people as they can by name and address that own guns. Only, they're targeting law enforcement that they already know have guns. Makes no sense. Although, they will require a gov't issued photo id to get in. Much like the one they're trying NOT to require to vote. Also makes no sense.