Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence, effective date. (SB263)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in-person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill is identical to HB 264. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102385D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/22/2020Reported from Judiciary (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2020Passed by for the day
01/28/2020Read second time
01/28/2020Reading of amendment waived
01/28/2020Amendment by Senator Deeds agreed to
01/28/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB263E
01/28/2020Printed as engrossed 20102385D-E
01/29/2020Passed by temporarily
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB263E)
01/29/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Placed on Calendar
02/03/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/14/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Committee substitute printed 20108289D-H1
02/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB263H1)
02/18/2020Read second time
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108289D-H1
02/19/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB263H1
02/19/2020Passed House with substitute (54-Y 46-N)
02/19/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020House insisted on substitute
02/24/2020House requested conference committee
02/26/2020Senate acceded to request (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2020Senators: Bell, Deeds, Stuart
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: Lopez, Hope, Wright
03/04/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/04/2020Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 42-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Agree To (52-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB263ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
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
03/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB263ER)
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1130 (effective 1/1/21)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1130)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB142 and HB264.