Plastic firearms and unfinished frames, etc.; manufacture, import, sale, transfer, etc., penalty. (HB2276)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of plastic firearms and unfinished frames or receivers and unserialized firearms; penalties. Creates a Class 5 felony for any person who manufactures, imports, sells, transfers, or possesses any firearm that, after removal of all parts other than a major component, as defined in the bill, is not detectable as a firearm by the types of detection devices, including X-ray machines, commonly used at airports for security screening. The bill updates language regarding the types of detection devices that are used at airports for detecting plastic firearms. The bill also creates several Class 1 misdemeanors, which are punishable as a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense, making it unlawful (i) for any person to possess, sell, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, transport, or receive an unfinished frame or receiver or firearm, unless the party possessing or receiving the unfinished frame or receiver or firearm is a federal firearms importer or manufacturer or the unfinished frame or receiver or firearm is imprinted with a serial number issued by a federal firearms importer or manufacturer and (ii) for any person to manufacture, cause to be manufactured, assemble, or cause to be assembled a firearm that is not imprinted with a serial number issued by a federal firearms importer or manufacturer in compliance with all federal laws and regulations regulating the manufacture and import of firearms. The bill creates exceptions for (a) any firearm that has been rendered permanently inoperable, (b) an antique firearm, or (c) any firearm or unfinished frame or receiver manufactured before October 22, 1968. Read the Bill »


02/25/2021: Passed the Senate


01/14/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102945D
01/14/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2276)
01/14/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/18/2021Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 2-N)
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2276)
01/20/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2021Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Committee substitute printed 21103385D-H1
01/22/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2276H1)
01/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2276H1)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Read second time
01/26/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103385D-H1
01/26/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2276H1
01/27/2021Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
01/27/2021VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2021Referred 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
02/17/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200407D-S1
02/17/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/18/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2276S1)
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2276S1)
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 4-N 1-A)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2021Passed by temporarily
02/25/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200407D-S1
02/25/2021Amendment by Senator Surovell agreed to
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB2276S1
02/25/2021Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (22-Y 17-N)
02/25/2021Reconsideration of House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/25/2021Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (21-Y 18-N)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate substitute with amendment rejected by House 21200407D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N)
02/25/2021Senate insisted on substitute with amendment (26-Y 11-N)
02/25/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Deeds, Petersen, Surovell
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Simon, Hope, Robinson
03/01/2021No further action taken
03/01/2021Failed to pass