Firearms; sale and transfer, criminal history record information check delay. (HB204)

Introduced By

Del. Otto Wachsmann (R-Sussex) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sale and transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check delay. Decreases from five business days to three business days the time provided for the Department of State Police to complete a background check before a firearm may be transferred. If a dealer who has otherwise fulfilled all requirements is told by the State Police that a response will not be available by the end of the dealer's third business day, the dealer may complete the sale or transfer without being deemed in violation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102442D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/01/2022Assigned PS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/03/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/04/2022Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB204)
02/08/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2022Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/10/2022VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/28/2022Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


Dee Martworthy writes:

Shorter background checks allow more room for mistakes in granting a firearm transfer. Five days is better than three. I oppose this bill.