Concealed handgun; carrying onto the premises of any restaurant, penalty. (SB57)

Introduced By

Sen. Saddam Azlan Salim (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carrying a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant; penalty. Makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor for any person, except for active and qualified retired law-enforcement officers, to carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club for which a license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has been granted by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. Under current law, a concealed handgun permit holder may carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club that sells alcoholic beverages, but he is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor if he consumes an alcoholic beverage while on the premises. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that there is not enough information available to reliably estimate the increase in jail population as a result of this legislation. However, any increase in jail population will increase costs to the state. The Commonwealth currently pays localities $5.00 a day for each misdemeanant or otherwise local-responsible prisoner held in a jail. It also funds a large portion of the jails' operating costs, such as correctional officers. The state's share of these costs on a per prisoner, per day basis varies from locality to locality, but the estimated total state support for local jails averaged $45.76 per inmate, per day in FY 2022.

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Bill Has Failed


12/26/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
12/26/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103837D
12/26/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2024Moved from Judiciary to Courts of Justice due to a change of the committee name
01/15/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB57)
01/31/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2024Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/14/2024Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
03/04/2024Left in Public Safety

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