VA SB5 | 2018 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on November 20 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2017-11-20 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Pending: Senate Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]

Summary

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers between immediate family members, transfers that occur by operation of law, transfers by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust, and temporary transfers that (i) occur within the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm; (ii) are necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury; (iii) occur at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or other area designed for the purpose of target shooting, for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity; or (iv) are for the purpose of and while the transferee is engaged in hunting, trapping, or target shooting. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary.

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Title

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty.

Sponsors


History

DateChamberAction
2017-11-20SenateReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2017-11-20SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100782D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182308.2:5(n/a)See Bill Text
5414201.2(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources


Bill Comments

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