Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition of military property. (HB813)

Introduced By

Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Acquisition of certain military property by law-enforcement agencies. Changes the limitation on the acquisition or purchase of military property by a law-enforcement agency from firearms of .50 caliber or higher to rifles of .50 caliber or higher and from ammunition of .50 caliber or higher to rifle ammunition of .50 caliber or higher. This bill is identical to SB 328. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101153D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/04/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB813)
02/09/2022Assigned PS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/10/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
02/11/2022Reported from Public Safety with substitute (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Committee substitute printed 22106292D-H1
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106292D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB813H1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB813H1)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/28/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Committee substitute printed 22107190D-S1
03/01/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB813S1)
03/02/2022Passed by temporarily
03/02/2022Read third time
03/02/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/02/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107190D-S1
03/02/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB813S1
03/02/2022Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Senate substitute rejected by House 22107190D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
03/04/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/09/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Williams, Wilt, Williams Graves
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Reeves, Petersen, Morrissey
03/11/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by House (91-Y 5-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Adoption (91-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB813ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB813ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 375 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0375)


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE. Removes limitations on law enforcement use of military equipment in carrying out their responsibilities. Increases the militarization of our law enforcement agencies.

Dee Martworthy writes:

Local law-enforcement agencies have no need to be more militarized.

We are not at war and the police are not at war with us. Rather move those funds to hiring more social workers and focus on de-escalation training.

And absolutely no police should be using munitions without rigorous training standards. More training, not less. Fewer methods for lethal interactions, not more.


All ELECTED First Responders acting under TITLE of PEACE OFFICER - should be - what we are attempting to achieve. REMOVE the TITLE "law enforcement officer" as that is the JOB of A JURY. A Jury of a man's Peers ENFORCE.
Men and Women POSTING their own PERSONAL BOND, or Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy for their PROFESSIONAL "unauthorized practice of law" as AFFILIATES of the FOREIGN AGENT-Members of American Bar Association aiding and abetting in criminal racketeering for Private Profit - is the TWIST on civilian citizens.
LEGAL is a foreign private Crown-Copyrighted LANGUAGE; its the Practice of the DARK ARTS.

Akemi Mokoto writes:

It isn't a militarized police, it's a well-prepared police. Virginia has a huge military presence so it is a big target for terrorism. So police having superior fire power to deal with threats is what's best for public and police safety. Don't call it militarization until law enforcement is driving around with M1 Abrams, patrolling the skies with jets and apaches and have RPGs in every patrol car trunk.