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 background 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 background check before a firearm may be transferred. This bill incorporates SB 12 and is identical to HB 2. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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) (see vote tally)
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) (see vote tally)
01/15/2020Read second time
01/15/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/15/2020Committee substitute agreed to (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
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) (see vote tally)
01/16/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2020Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/21/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108843D-H1
02/21/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB70H1)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108843D-H1
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB70H1
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (54-Y 46-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Passed by for the day
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB70H1)
03/02/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House insisted on substitute
03/03/2020House requested conference committee
03/04/2020Senate acceded to request (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: Lucas, Petersen, Obenshain
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Plum, Hope, Fariss
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 46-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 46-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 (SB70ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB70ER)
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
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1112 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1112)


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.