Weapons; carrying into hospital that provides mental health services. (HB861)

Introduced By

Del. Phil Hernandez (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), and Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Weapons; possession or transportation; hospital that provides mental health services or developmental services; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly possess in or transport into the building of any hospital that provides mental health services or developmental services in the Commonwealth, including an emergency department or other facility rendering emergency medical care, any (i) firearm or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) knife, except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of less than three inches; or (iii) other dangerous weapon, including explosives and stun weapons. The bill also provides that notice of such prohibitions shall be posted conspicuously at the public entrance of any hospital and no person shall be convicted of the offense if such notice is not posted, unless such person had actual notice of the prohibitions. The bill provides that any such firearm, knife, explosive, or weapon shall be subject to seizure by a law-enforcement officer and forfeited to the Commonwealth and specifies exceptions to the prohibition. This bill is identical to SB 515. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the proposed legislation could result in an increase in the number of persons sentenced to jail or prison. Due to the lack of data, it is concluded that the impact on state-responsible (prison) bed space cannot be determined. In such cases, a minimum impact of $50,000 is assigned to the bill. Additionally, any increase in jail population will increase costs to the state. The estimated total state support for local jails averaged $45.76 per inmate, per day in FY 2022. There is no anticipated fiscal impact on the agencies' operations such as the Virginia Department of Health, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Virginia Department of State Police.

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03/09/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101429D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2024Referred from Courts of Justice
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/23/2024Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Public Safety with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24106763D-H1
02/02/2024Incorporates HB23 (Laufer)
02/02/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB861H1)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106763D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB861H1
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB861H1)
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
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
02/19/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (7-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (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
03/04/2024Defeated by Senate (19-Y 19-N)
03/04/2024Chair votes No
03/04/2024Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/04/2024Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N)
03/08/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB861ER)
03/08/2024Signed by Speaker
03/09/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB861ER)
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/26/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
03/27/2024Governor's substitute printed 24109201D-H2
04/04/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB861H2)
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 98-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 98-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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