Firearms; purchase, etc., following conviction for assault and battery of a family member. (HB1992)

Introduced By

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


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; penalties. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member, as defined in the bill, from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. The prohibition expires three years after the date of conviction, at which point the person's firearms rights are restored, unless he receives another disqualifying conviction. A person who violates the provisions of the bill is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


04/15/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100815D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/12/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB1992)
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1992)
01/14/2021Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/22/2021Reported from Public Safety (10-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Floor substitute printed 21103651D-H1 (Murphy)
01/26/2021Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/26/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB1992H1)
01/27/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103901D-H2
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1992H1)
01/28/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB1992H2)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103901D-H2
01/29/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1992H2
01/31/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1992H2)
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Committee substitute printed 21200021D-S1
02/15/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/16/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB1992S1)
02/17/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1992S1)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200284D-S2
02/17/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB1992S2)
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Passed by temporarily
02/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1992S2)
02/18/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2021Committee substitute rejected 21200021D-S1
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200284D-S2
02/18/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1992S2
02/18/2021Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Placed on Calendar
02/22/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200284D-S2 (52-Y 46-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 46-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1992ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1992ER)
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
04/07/2021Placed on Calendar
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (54-Y 45-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 45-N)
04/07/2021Senate rejected Governor's recommendations #1, #2 (12-Y 28-N)
04/07/2021Senate rejected Governor's recommendation #3 (14-Y 26-N)
04/07/2021Communicated to Governor
04/07/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 7, 2021
04/15/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 555 (effective 7/1/21)
04/15/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0555)