Firearm locking device; required for sale or transfer of firearm. (HB158)

Introduced By

Del. Adele McClure (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg), and Del. Holly Seibold (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearm locking device required for sale or transfer of firearm; warning against accessibility to children; penalty. Makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor for any licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any firearm to any person other than a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer unless the transferee is provided with a locking device for that firearm and the firearm is accompanied by a warning, in conspicuous and legible type in capital letters printed on a separate sheet of paper included within the packaging enclosing the firearm, that firearms should be locked and kept away from children and that there may be civil and criminal liability for failing to do so. The bill provides exceptions for law-enforcement and governmental agencies. This bill incorporates HB 12. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that the Department of State Police (VSP) does not anticipate a fiscal impact as a result of this proposed legislation. However, there may be an increase in jail population and costs to the state. The Commonwealth currently pays localities $5.00 a day for each misdemeanant or local-responsible prisoner held in a jail. The state also funds a large portion of the jails' operating costs. According to the Compensation Board's Jail Cost Report, the estimated total state support for local jails averaged $45.76 per inmate, per day in FY 2022. The specific agencies or political subdivisions affected include courts, Commonwealth's Attorneys, Department of Corrections, state and local law enforcement agencies, and local and regional jails.

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Bill Has Failed


01/02/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101536D
01/02/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2024Referred from Courts of Justice
01/15/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB158)
01/16/2024Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/25/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/26/2024Committee substitute printed 24106293D-H1
01/26/2024Incorporates HB12 (Jones)
01/26/2024Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2024Read first time
01/31/2024Read second time
01/31/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106293D-H1
01/31/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB158H1
02/01/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 49-N)
02/01/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB158H1)
02/28/2024Continued to 2025 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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