Protective orders; possession of firearms, surrender or transfer of firearms, penalty. (SB479)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)

Progress

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

Description

Protective orders; possession of firearms; surrender or transfer of firearms; penalty. Prohibits any person subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) from knowingly possessing a firearm while the order is in effect, provided that for a period of 24 hours after being served with a protective order such person may continue to possess such firearm for the purposes of selling or transferring it to any person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing such firearm. A violation of this provision is a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that a court shall order a person subject to a permanent protective order to (i) within 24 hours, surrender any firearm possessed by such person to a designated local law-enforcement agency or sell or transfer any firearm possessed by such person to a dealer or to any person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing such firearm and (ii) certify in writing that such person does not possess any firearms or that all firearms possessed by such person have been surrendered, sold, or transferred and file such certification with the clerk of the court that entered the protective order within 48 hours after being served with a protective order. The bill provides that any person who fails to certify in writing in accordance with this section that all firearms possessed by such person have been surrendered, sold, or transferred or that such person does not possess any firearms is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides procedures for designating a local law-enforcement agency to receive and store firearms, as well as a process to return such surrendered firearms. The bill also makes it a Class 4 felony for any person to sell, barter, give, or furnish any firearm to any person he knows is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm who is the subject to a permanent protective order. Read the Bill »

Status

02/26/2020: Passed the House

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103357D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB479)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB479)
01/22/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2020Incorporates SB372 (Saslaw)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20106476D-S1
01/23/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB479S1)
01/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB479S1)
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106476D-S1
01/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB479S1
01/28/2020Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/21/2020Reported from Public Safety with amendment (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/25/2020Floor substitute printed 20108989D-H1 (Mullin)
02/26/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB479H1)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee amendment rejected
02/26/2020Substitute by Delegate Mullin agreed to 20108989D-H1
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute SB479H1
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (56-Y 41-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)

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