Firearm; carrying within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, state-owned bldgs. (HB2295)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), and Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying a firearm within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, into building owned or leased by the Commonwealth, etc.; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to carry any firearm within (i) the Capitol of Virginia; (ii) Capitol Square and the surrounding area, as described in the bill; (iii) any building, parking lot, or parking structure owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof; (iv) any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth where employees of the Commonwealth perform their official duties; or (v) any building where the General Assembly meets or conducts its business. The bill provides exceptions for law-enforcement officers, court officers, authorized security personnel, and active military personnel while in the conduct of such person's official duties; any retired law-enforcement officer who is visiting a gun range owned or leased by the Commonwealth; and any state employee of a state or juvenile correctional facility who is authorized to carry a firearm while in the conduct of such employee's official duties. The bill provides that an individual who lawfully possesses a firearm may keep such firearm in his locked vehicle in a parking lot or parking structure described in clause (iii) so long as the firearm is (a) secured, (b) not visible, and (c) in a container or compartment inside of the vehicle. The bill requires that notice of the provisions prohibiting the carrying of such firearms be posted at each of the public entrances to Capitol Square and such buildings, parking lots, and parking structures. The bill also provides that any firearm carried in violation of these provisions is subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeiture to the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


03/04/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/17/2021Presented and ordered printed 21103093D
01/17/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/18/2021Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/19/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295)
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295)
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/22/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2021Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2021Committee substitute printed 21103561D-H1
01/25/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295H1)
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295H1)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Floor substitute printed 21103671D-H2 (Levine)
01/26/2021Read second time
01/26/2021Committee substitute rejected 21103561D-H1
01/26/2021Substitute by Delegate Levine agreed to 21103671D-H2
01/26/2021Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB2295H2 (51-Y 45-N)
01/26/2021VOTE: Agree To (51-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295H2)
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295H2)
01/27/2021Passed by for the day
01/28/2021Read third time and defeated by House (48-Y 52-N)
01/28/2021VOTE: DEFEATED (48-Y 52-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House (54-Y 46-N)
01/28/2021VOTE: Reconsider (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Passed by for the day
01/28/2021Passed by motion reconsidered
01/28/2021Engrossment reconsidered by House
01/28/2021Substitute by Delegate Levine reconsidered 21103671D-H2
01/29/2021Floor substitute printed 21104055D-H3 (Levine)
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Passed by temporarily
01/29/2021Substitute by Delegate Levine withdrawn 21103671D-H2
01/29/2021Substitute by Delegate Levine agreed to 21104055D-H3
01/29/2021Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB2295H3
02/01/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295H3)
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295H3)
02/01/2021Passed by temporarily
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (51-Y 45-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (51-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rules (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Rereferred from Rules (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Rereferred to Judiciary
02/17/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200409D-S1
02/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295S1)
02/18/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295S1)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Floor substitute printed 21200547D-S2 (McPike)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed by temporarily
02/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2021Committee substitute rejected 21200409D-S1
02/22/2021Substitute by Senator McPike agreed to 21200547D-S2
02/22/2021Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB2295S2
02/22/2021Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 17-N 1-A)
02/22/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295S2)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295S2)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 97-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200547D-S2 (0-Y 97-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N)
02/24/2021Senate insisted on substitute (31-Y 8-N)
02/24/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Levine, Simon, Ransone
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Ebbin, Petersen, Edwards
02/27/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference substitute printed 21200676D-H4
02/27/2021Pending question ordered
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 46-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (51-Y 46-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 17-N)
03/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295H4)
03/01/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295H4)

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