Assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, etc.; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties. (HB961)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, silencers, and trigger activators; penalties. Expands the definition of "assault firearm" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport silencers, and trigger activators, all defined in the bill. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, or transport a large-capacity firearm magazine, as defined in the bill, and a Class 1 misdemeanor to possess such large-capacity firearm magazine. Any person who legally owns a large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator on July 1, 2020, may retain possession until January 1, 2021. During that time, such person shall (i) render the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator inoperable; (ii) remove the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator from the Commonwealth; (iii) transfer the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator to a person outside the Commonwealth who is not prohibited from possessing it; or (iv) surrender the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator to a state or local law-enforcement agency. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Committee
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104855D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB961)
01/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB961)
02/07/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107888D-H1
02/07/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB961H1)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107888D-H1
02/10/2020Amendments by Delegate Helmer agreed to
02/10/2020Pending question ordered
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB961EH1
02/10/2020Printed as engrossed 20107888D-EH1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB961EH1)
02/17/2020Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Philip writes:

Coyotes pose a real problem for our community. So called "assault weapons" with silencers are the most effective way to prevent further killing of our livestock and pets. This bill is both destructive and malicious in scope and intent.

Alfred M Dodson Jr writes:

This is just a rehash of SB16. However this bill does not have a grandfather clause for magazines that hold more than ten rounds. Unconstitutional. Also see my comments for SB16.

John Galt writes:

This bill is written by people who know nothing about firearms. There are so many technicalities that instantly make any gun an assault weapon. For example, you can readily purchase magazines that stick out past the grip for countless pistols currently in production. You can have a 6 round magazine gun with an "extended" 10 round magazine beyond the grip, and that becomes an assault weapon under this bill. Yet, it would be fine to have a gun that naturally held 12 rounds in a magazine, as long as it didn't extend past the grip. If this thing passes, it should be immediately contested in the courts and escalated as far as it needs to go until it is overturned.

Robert P writes:

This bill will do nothing to reduce crime, it will only make innocent law biding citizens criminals. Most guns used to commit crimes are stolen or acquired illegally. This is a stop gap bill to make it look like law maker are doing something about crime.

Get a grasp people, lawmakers are not trying to help anyone. They want to be re-elected and live off tax payers money. The second amendment is about protection against people trying to take away your rights and guns. Hitler did it too! Look where that ended up for Poland and the Jewish Germans, no books, no guns and then no life.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Get a grasp people, lawmakers are not trying to help anyone. They want to be re-elected and live off tax payers money.

Senators are paid $18,000/year. Delegates are paid $17,640. Nobody is taking the job for that sweet, sweet salary.

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