Firearms; storage in residence where minor present, penalty. (HB590)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Storage of firearms in residence where minor present; penalty. Requires any person who possesses a firearm in a residence where such person knows or reasonably should know that a minor under 18 years of age is present to store such firearm unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet, and to store all ammunition in a separate locked container, compartment, or cabinet. The bill requires that the key or combination to such locked containers, compartments, or cabinets be inaccessible to minors. The bill provides that a violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and, in a case where there is more than one firearm stored in violation of these provisions, each firearm shall constitute a separate Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts any person in lawful possession of a firearm who exercises immediate control, defined in the bill, and when the firearm is an antique firearm. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103827D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/14/2022Impact statement from VCSC (HB590)
02/01/2022Assigned PS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/03/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
02/15/2022Left in Public Safety

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