Concealed handguns; demonstrated competence for a permit, firearms instructors and safety programs. (HB797)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Demonstrated competence for a concealed handgun permit; firearms instructors and safety programs. Requires that any course, class, or training to demonstrate competence with a handgun as required to obtain a concealed handgun permit must include a live fire shooting exercise conducted on a range, including the expenditure of a minimum of 10 rounds of ammunition, and provides that no course, class, or training that does not include such live fire shooting exercise meets the requirements to obtain a concealed handgun permit. The bill removes references to the National Rifle Association (the NRA) and the United States Concealed Carry Association from the Code that allow the organizations to certify ranges and instructors and for courses offered by them to serve as proof of demonstrated competence in firearms safety and training for the purpose of obtaining a concealed handgun permit or receiving training as a minor in the use of pneumatic guns. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2025. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the proposed legislation would require the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to develop a certification and approval process for firearms safety training. This would necessitate the creation of up to three positions, including a program manager and a criminal justice analyst. The estimated annual cost for a program manager is $123,250, including benefits, and the estimated annual cost for a criminal justice analyst is $108,750, including benefits. Additionally, the DCJS would need to enhance their current training tracking system, which would result in a one-time cost of up to $150,000.

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Bill Has Failed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104454D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/19/2024Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB797)
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Amendments by Delegate Hope agreed to
02/07/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB797E
02/07/2024Printed as engrossed 24104454D-E
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB797E)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/26/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/28/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Passed by for the day
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of amendment waived
03/04/2024Committee amendment agreed to
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/04/2024Passed Senate with amendment (20-Y 19-N)
03/05/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (50-Y 49-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (50-Y 49-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB797ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/27/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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