Firearms; purchase, possession, etc., following an assault and battery or stalking violation. (HB798)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearm following an assault and battery or stalking violation; prohibition period; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, or stalking from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. The prohibition expires five years after the date of conviction, at which point the person's firearm rights are restored, unless he receives another disqualifying conviction. A person who violates the provisions of the bill is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also extends from three years to five years the existing prohibition period for persons convicted of assault and battery of certain family or household members. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104514D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/10/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB798)
01/19/2024Assigned PS sub: Firearms
01/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB798)
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2024Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2024Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred 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
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB798)
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
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Amendment by Senator Perry agreed to
03/05/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2024Defeated by Senate (20-Y 20-N)
03/05/2024Chair votes No
03/05/2024Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Passed Senate with amendment (21-Y 19-N)
03/06/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (50-Y 47-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: Adoption (50-Y 47-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB798ER)
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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