Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty. (HB812)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique firearms. This bill incorporates HB 1502. This bill is identical to SB 69. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103354D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB812)
01/15/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB812)
01/24/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20106618D-H1
01/24/2020Incorporates HB1502 (Ward)
01/27/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB812H1)
01/28/2020Read first time
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB812H1)
01/29/2020Read second time
01/29/2020Passed by temporarily
01/29/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106618D-H1
01/29/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB812H1
01/30/2020Read third time and passed House (53-Y 47-N)
01/30/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20108962D-S1
02/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB812S1)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108962D-S1
02/26/2020Passed by for the day
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB812S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB812S1)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108962D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Ward, Hope, Wright
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Locke, Deeds, Stuart
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 48-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB812ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB812ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 991 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0991)


William Ballance writes:

This bill will do absolutely NOTHING to solve the gun violence problem. Stopping or limiting law-abiding citizens from purchasing guns for their own use does NOT stop criminals from gun-running. Arrest those who are already breaking the law instead of attacking those who abide by the law. When we had this law before there were still plenty of illegal guns on the streets. It did not help then so why would you think it will help now?