Firearms; waiting period for purchase, penalty. (HB2273)

Introduced By

Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase of firearms; waiting period; penalty. Provides that no person shall sell a firearm unless at least three days have elapsed from the time the prospective purchaser completes the written consent form to have a licensed dealer obtain criminal history record information, with exceptions for (i) transactions between licensed firearms importers or collectors, manufacturers, or dealers; (ii) purchases by or sales to any law-enforcement officer or agent of the United States, the Commonwealth or any local government, or any campus police officer; (iii) sales of antique firearms or curios or relics, as defined in relevant law; (iv) sales to an authorized representative of the Commonwealth or any subdivision thereof as part of an authorized voluntary gun buy-back or give-back program; (v) sales that occur at a firearms show and the seller has received a determination from the Department of State Police that the purchaser is not prohibited under state or federal law from possessing a firearm; or (vi) sales of a service weapon to a retired law-enforcement officer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23102364D
01/11/2023Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/12/2023Impact statement from VCSC (HB2273)
01/18/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB2273)
01/24/2023Assigned PS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2023Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
02/07/2023Left in Public Safety

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