Bill Text: VA HB1644 | 2019 | Regular Session | Prefiled


Bill Title: Firearms; reporting when lost or stolen, civil penalty.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-11-27 - Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety [HB1644 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB1644-Prefiled.html
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HOUSE BILL NO. 1644
Offered January 9, 2019
Prefiled November 27, 2018
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 a section numbered 18.2-287.5, relating to reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty.
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Patron-- Bourne
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Committee Referral Pending
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 a section numbered 18.2-287.5 as follows:

§18.2-287.5. Reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty.

A. Any person who lawfully possesses a firearm that is lost or stolen from such person shall report the loss or theft to any local law-enforcement agency or the Department of State Police within 24 hours after such person discovers the loss or theft or is informed by a person with personal knowledge of the loss or theft. The law-enforcement agency shall enter such report information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the loss or theft of an antique firearm as defined in §18.2-308.2:2.

B. A violation of this section is punishable, for a first offense, by a civil penalty of $50 and, for any subsequent offense, by a civil penalty of not less than $100 or more than $250, which shall be paid into the state treasury.

C. No person who, in good faith, reports a firearm lost or stolen shall be held criminally or civilly liable for any damages for acts or omissions resulting from the loss or theft. This subsection shall not apply to any person who makes a report in violation of §18.2-461.

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