VA SB70 | 2020 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on November 22 2019 - 25% progression
Action: 2019-11-22 - 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 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who sells a firearm to another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that a transferee who receives a firearm from another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts transfers (i) between immediate family members; (ii) that occur by operation of law; (iii) by the executor or administrator of an estate or by the trustee of a testamentary trust; (iv) at firearms shows in accordance with law; (v) that are part of a buy-back or give-back program; (vi) of antique firearms; (vii) that occur at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or any other area designed for the purpose of target shooting or for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity; or (viii) that are temporary transfers that (a) occur within the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm or (b) are necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that the Department shall have three business days to complete a criminal history record information check before a firearm

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Title

Firearm transfers; criminal history record information check, penalty.

Sponsors


History

DateChamberAction
2019-11-22SenateReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2019-11-22SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101549D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182308.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.2:2(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.2:5(n/a)See Bill Text
221277.07(n/a)See Bill Text
5414201.2(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources


Bill Comments

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