Firearms; purchase, possession, etc., following certain convictions, penalty. (HB1288)

Introduced By

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following conviction for assault and battery of a family or household member; permit to restore rights; penalties. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, or assault and battery when the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color, or national origin from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crime may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his right to possess or transport a firearm and the factors a court shall consider in determining such reinstatement. This bill incorporated HB 78, HB 459, and HB 900. Read the Bill »


12/04/2020: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102171D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/09/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB1288)
01/27/2020Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/04/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107549D-H1
02/07/2020Incorporates HB78 (Kory)
02/07/2020Incorporates HB900 (Levine)
02/07/2020Incorporates HB459 (Sullivan)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB1288H1)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107549D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1288H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1288H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2020Left in Judiciary