VA SB69 | 2020 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)
Status: Passed on April 9 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-04-09 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0992)
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: 21 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-05 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 47-N) (Y: 52 N: 47 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Senate acceded to request (23-Y 17-N) (Y: 23 N: 17 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-24 - Senate - Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N) (Y: 1 N: 39 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-02-19 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (53-Y 47-N) (Y: 53 N: 47 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-14 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-16 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (Y: 21 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-14 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional readings dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-13 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (Y: 9 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-04-09 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0992)
2020-04-09 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 992 (effective 7/1/20)
2020-03-20 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-20SenateEnrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
2020-03-19HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-18SenateSigned by President
2020-03-18SenateBill text as passed Senate and House (SB69ER)
2020-03-07SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)
2020-03-05HouseVOTE: Adoption (52-Y 47-N)
2020-03-05HouseConference report agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N)
2020-03-05 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-02-28HouseDelegates: Ward, Hope, Wright
2020-02-28HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-02-27SenateSenators: Locke, Deeds, Stuart
2020-02-27SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-02-27SenateSenate acceded to request (23-Y 17-N)
2020-02-25HouseHouse requested conference committee
2020-02-25HouseHouse insisted on substitute
2020-02-24SenateHouse substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N)
2020-02-21SenatePassed by for the day
2020-02-19HouseVOTE: Passage (53-Y 47-N)
2020-02-19HousePassed House with substitute (53-Y 47-N)
2020-02-19HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute SB69H1
2020-02-19HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20108288D-H1
2020-02-19HouseRead third time
2020-02-18HouseRead second time
2020-02-14HouseCommittee substitute printed 20108288D-H1
2020-02-14HouseReported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
2020-02-13HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-02-13HouseRead first time
2020-02-13HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-01-16SenateRead third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
2020-01-15SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB69S1
2020-01-15SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 20105654D-S1
2020-01-15SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-01-15SenateRead second time
2020-01-14SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2020-01-13SenateCommittee substitute printed 20105654D-S1
2020-01-13SenateIncorporates SB22 (Saslaw)
2020-01-13SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N)
2020-01-08SenateMoved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
2019-11-22SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2019-11-22SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101200D

Same As/Similar To

SB22 (Similar To) 2020-01-13 - Incorporated by Judiciary
HB812 (Same As) 2020-04-09 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0991)

Code Citations

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182308.2:2(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments