Outdoor shooting ranges; prohibited adjacent to residential areas, exceptions, civil penalty. (SB353)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Outdoor shooting ranges; prohibited adjacent to residential areas; exceptions; civil penalty. Prohibits the operation of an outdoor shooting range, defined in the bill, within 500 yards of any property zoned for residential use unless the Range Design Criteria developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Health, Safety and Security have been met. The bill provides that any person who 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


01/06/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102617D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20106330D-S1
02/03/2020Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Maynard Altizer writes:

It seems that the northern democrats can't stop their "control freak" run on our gun rights. Not only are they having a "drunken party" with controlling the size of magazines, size of the gun and anything that "looks" mean, now they want to control where/when the honest and safe Virginians decide to go to enjoy a sport that has been around for hundreds of years. When will they stop this madness? Enjoy it while they can because they have pushed too far and the People of Virginia are at a crossroads with them. Didn't take long either did it? Showed themselves to be the people that WILL control the populace if they can in every aspect of their lives. Sounds like Socialism in the first order to me.

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