Bill Text: VA SB14 | 2020 | Regular Session | Prefiled


Bill Title: Trigger activators; prohibition, penalty.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-11-18 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice [SB14 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-SB14-Prefiled.html
20100506D
SENATE BILL NO. 14
Offered January 8, 2020
Prefiled November 18, 2019
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 18.2-308.5:1, relating to manufacture, importation, sale, etc., of trigger activators; prohibition; penalty.
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Patron-- Saslaw
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Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 18.2-308.5:1 as follows:

§18.2-308.5:1. Manufacture, importation, sale, possession, transfer, or transportation of trigger activators prohibited; penalty.

A. As used in this section, "trigger activator" means:

1. A device designed to be attached to a semi-automatic firearm, which allows the firearm to discharge two or more shots in a burst by activating the device, including a bump-fire device or a binary trigger, but does not convert the semi-automatic firearm into a machine gun; or

2. A manual or power-driven trigger activating device designed so that when attached to a semi-automatic firearm it increases the rate of fire of that firearm, including a trigger crank, but does not convert the semi-automatic firearm into a machine gun.

B. It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, offer for sale, possess, transfer, or transport a trigger activator in the Commonwealth.

C. A violation of this section is punishable as a Class 6 felony.

2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 854 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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