Firearms; access to certain persons in a shared dwelling, civil penalty. (HB2319)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Access to firearms; cohabitants; civil penalty. Makes it unlawful for an individual residing or cohabitating with any person who such individual knows or has reason to believe is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm to allow such person access to any firearm. The bill requires such individual to store such firearm in a manner that is inaccessible to such co-resident. If an individual violates any provision of the bill and the co-resident uses such firearm during the commission of a crime, such individual will be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $500, except for any crime committed against such individual. The bill further provides that an individual who lawfully possesses a firearm is not in violation of the provisions of the bill if he carries the firearm on or about his person or exercises control of the firearm. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2021Presented and ordered printed 21103164D
01/21/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/25/2021Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/26/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2319)
01/29/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2021Committee substitute printed 21104015D-H1
01/29/2021Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2319H1)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104015D-H1
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2319H1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (53-Y 45-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Assigned Judiciary sub: Civil Law
02/17/2021Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)