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 or explosive material within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth, etc.; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to carry any firearm or explosive material within (i) the Capitol of Virginia; (ii) Capitol Square and the surrounding area; (iii) any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof; or (iv) any office where employees of the Commonwealth or agency thereof are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties. The bill provides exceptions for the following individuals while acting in the conduct of such person's official duties: any law-enforcement officer, any authorized security personnel, any active military personnel, any fire marshal when such fire marshal has been granted police powers, or any member of a cadet corps while such member is participating in an official ceremonial event for the Commonwealth. The prohibitions of the bill that apply to any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any office where state employees are performing official duties do not apply to retired law-enforcement officials visiting a gun range owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any of the following while acting in the conduct of official duties: a bail bondsman, an employee of the Department of Corrections or a state juvenile correctional facility, an employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, or an employee of the Department of Wildlife Resources. Such prohibitions also do not apply to an individual carrying a weapon into a courthouse who is statutorily exempt, any property owned or operated by a public institution of higher education, or any state park. The bill requires that notice of the provisions prohibiting the carrying of such firearms or explosive material be posted at each of the public entrances to Capitol Square and the other locations where such firearms and explosive material are prohibited in the bill. The bill provides that any firearm or explosive material carried in violation of these provisions is subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeiture to the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to SB 1381. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


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)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2295ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2295ER)
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
03/31/2021Governor's substitute printed 21200900D-H5
04/02/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2295H5)
04/07/2021Placed on Calendar
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (52-Y 46-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 46-N)
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (HB2295ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 548 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0548)

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