Firearm transfers; criminal history record information check, penalty. (SB70)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), and Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearm sales; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A person who sells a firearm to another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that a purchaser who receives a firearm from another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that the Department shall have three business days to complete a criminal history record information check before a firearm may be transferred. This bill incorporates SB 12. Read the Bill »


01/16/2020: Passed the Senate


11/22/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/22/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101549D
11/22/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
11/27/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB70)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/13/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB12 (Saslaw)
01/13/2020Committee substitute printed 20105589D-S1
01/14/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB70S1)
01/14/2020Constitutional readings dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/15/2020Read second time
01/15/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/15/2020Committee substitute agreed to (36-Y 4-N)
01/15/2020Title replaced 20105589D-S1
01/15/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB70S1
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB70S1)
01/16/2020Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N)
01/16/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/16/2020Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N)


Mike writes:

This bill is a Trojan Horse for registration, which is an essential tool for confiscation. As demonstrated by other bills, confiscation is the intended goal. Therefore, this bill has no place is a free society with guaranteed, enumerated rights.

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