Stolen firearms; penalties. (SB85)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Stolen firearms; penalties. Creates or enhances penalties for crimes related to larceny of a firearm or use of a stolen firearm during the commission of a felony. The bill provides that it is (i) a Class 3 felony with a five-year mandatory minimum sentence to commit larceny of a firearm with the intent to sell or distribute and (ii) a Class 5 felony with a two-year mandatory minimum sentence to sell or distribute, attempt to sell or distribute, or possess with the intent to sell or distribute a stolen firearm. The bill adds a one-year mandatory minimum sentence to the crime of receiving a stolen firearm, which is a Class 6 felony. Finally, the bill increases the mandatory minimum sentences for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, if such firearm was stolen, from three years to five years for a first offense and from five years to 10 years for a second or subsequent offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/27/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/27/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101248D
11/27/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
12/03/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB85)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/22/2020Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)