Assault firearms, etc.; prohibiting sale, transport, penalties. (HB2240)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patron Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prohibiting the sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, large-capacity firearm magazines, and silencers; penalties. Expands the definition of "assault firearm" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation of this provision of the bill is a Class 6 felony. The bill also prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, or transport a large-capacity firearm magazine, as defined in the bill, and a Class 1 misdemeanor to possess such large-capacity firearm magazine. The bill provides that any person who legally owns a large-capacity firearm magazine on July 1, 2023, may retain possession of such firearm magazine until January 1, 2024, and during that time, such person shall (i) render the large-capacity firearm magazine permanently inoperable, (ii) remove the large-capacity firearm magazine from the Commonwealth, (iii) transfer the large-capacity firearm magazine to a person outside the Commonwealth who is not prohibited from possessing it, or (iv) surrender the large-capacity firearm magazine to a state or local law-enforcement agency. Finally, the bill makes it a Class 6 felony for any person to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, or purchase a silencer, except as provided for in the National Firearms Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23104162D
01/11/2023Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/2023Impact statement from VCSC (HB2240)
01/24/2023Assigned PS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2023Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
02/07/2023Left in Public Safety

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