Firearms; possession on school property. (SB71)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearms on school property. Adds public, private, or religious preschools and licensed child day centers that are not operated at the residence of the provider or of any of the children to the list of schools where possessing a firearm on school property or on a school bus is prohibited. The provisions of the bill regarding child day centers only apply during the regular operating hours of such child day center. Under current law, the list of such schools only includes public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high schools. The bill also provides that a licensed child day center or religious or private preschool may hire an armed security officer to provide security services. 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 20101206D
11/22/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/23/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71)
02/03/2020Reported from Judiciary (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Passed by temporarily
02/07/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Floor substitute printed 20107958D-S1 (Petersen)
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Substitute by Senator Petersen agreed to 20107958D-S1
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB71S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71S1)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB71S1)
02/14/2020Referred from Courts of Justice
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/17/2020Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/18/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108515D-H1
02/21/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71H1)
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB71H1)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108515D-H1
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB71H1
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
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 (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: Lucas, Petersen, Stuart
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Hope, Cole, J.G., Batten
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (53-Y 45-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB71ER)
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
03/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB71ER)
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/11/2020Governor's substitute printed 20110214D-S2
04/13/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB71S2)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (22-Y 18) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020VOTE: (48-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020Amendments specific and severable (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (48-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB71ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1249 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1249)
05/01/2020VOTE: (48-Y 43-N)


patrick shipley writes:

This bill makes it necessary to handle a firearm in public if you carry a firearm and need to use day care. It also makes it easier for criminals to steal firearms. A horrible bill

Mike writes:

If you support this bill, then you support unnecessary handling of firearms, and people leaving their firearms unattended in a vehicle where it can be stolen. This bill is irresponsible and promotes unsafe practices.