VA HB812 | 2020 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)
Status: Passed on April 9 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-04-09 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0991)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique firearms.

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Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.


Roll Calls

2020-03-07 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (Y: 20 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-05 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 48-N) (Y: 51 N: 47 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-03 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (23-Y 17-N) (Y: 22 N: 17 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-02 - House - House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (Y: 0 N: 96 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (Y: 20 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N) (Y: 21 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-25 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-24 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (Y: 9 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-30 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (53-Y 47-N) (Y: 53 N: 46 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-24 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-04-09 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0991)
2020-04-09 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 991 (effective 7/1/20)
2020-03-20 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-20HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
2020-03-19HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-18SenateSigned by President
2020-03-18HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB812ER)
2020-03-07SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)
2020-03-05HouseVOTE: Adoption (51-Y 48-N)
2020-03-05HouseConference report agreed to by House (51-Y 48-N)
2020-03-05 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-03-05SenateSenators: Locke, Deeds, Stuart
2020-03-05SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-03-04HouseDelegates: Ward, Hope, Wright
2020-03-04HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-03-04HouseHouse acceded to request
2020-03-03SenateSenate requested conference committee
2020-03-03SenateSenate insisted on substitute (23-Y 17-N)
2020-03-02HouseVOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N)
2020-03-02HouseSenate substitute rejected by House 20108962D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
2020-03-02HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-02-27SenatePassed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N)
2020-02-27SenateReconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2020-02-27SenatePassed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N)
2020-02-27SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB812S1
2020-02-27SenateRead third time
2020-02-26SenatePassed by for the day
2020-02-26SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 20108962D-S1
2020-02-26SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-02-26SenateRead third time
2020-02-25SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2020-02-24SenateCommittee substitute printed 20108962D-S1
2020-02-24SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
2020-01-31SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-01-31SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-01-30HouseVOTE: Passage (53-Y 47-N)
2020-01-30HouseRead third time and passed House (53-Y 47-N)
2020-01-29HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB812H1
2020-01-29HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20106618D-H1
2020-01-29HousePassed by temporarily
2020-01-29HouseRead second time
2020-01-28HouseRead first time
2020-01-24HouseIncorporates HB1502 (Ward)
2020-01-24HouseCommittee substitute printed 20106618D-H1
2020-01-24HouseReported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
2020-01-07HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-01-07HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103354D

Same As/Similar To

HB1502 (Similar To) 2020-01-24 - Incorporated by Public Safety
SB69 (Same As) 2020-04-09 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0992)

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182308.2:2(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments