Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty. (SB12)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

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

Description

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors of firearms to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers (i) between immediate family members; (ii) that occur by operation of law; (iii) by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust; (iv) at firearms shows in accordance with law; (v) that are part of a buyback or give-back program; (vi) of antique firearms; (vii) that occur at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or any other area designed for the purpose of target shooting or for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity; or (viii) that are temporary transfers that (a) occur within the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm or (b) are necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. This bill was incorporated into SB 70. Read the Bill »

Status

01/13/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill

History

DateAction
11/18/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100505D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
11/19/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB12)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/09/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB12)
01/13/2020Incorporated by Judiciary (SB70-Lucas) (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Mike writes:

This bill is a Trojan Horse for registration, which will be an essential tool for confiscation. Confiscation is the intended goal, as demonstrated by the obvious nature of SB16. This bill should be withdrawn.

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