ICYMI: All 26 of 26 Gun Control Bills in Virginia Fail to Pass

The slew of bills read like an encyclopedia of various gun control measures

Published Saturday, January 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

On Friday, news broke that the Virginia Senate Committee on Courts of Justice and the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee heard and voted to defeat many of Governor Ralph Northam’s requested gun control bills. As extreme as Oregon's bills are, these went much farther, regulating nearly every possible aspect of gun ownership in Old Dominion.

NRA-ILA, Ammoland and probably others have reported on this, but here's the breakdown for anyone who hasn't seen it yet:

Senate Committee on Courts of Justice:

  • Senate Bill 1163 contained very broad and overreaching language to ban items that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic rifles, but would not fundamentally alter the way they operate.  It could be interpreted to ban firearm modifications such as match grade triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for a variety of lawful purposes.
  • Senate Bill 1084 would have imposed a vague and unpredictable standard of firearm storage upon law-abiding citizens and made them civilly liable for injury resulting from actions by a criminal who acquired a firearm stored in a non-compliant manner.  
  • Senate Bill 1096 would have restricted the ability of young people to use firearms for lawful purposes and increased penalties on adults who violated it.
  • Senate Bill 1162 would have denied adults under the age of 21 their Second Amendment rights by prohibiting them from purchasing firearms.
  • Senate Bill 1454 would have criminalized private firearm transfers.
  • Senate Bill 1303 would have allowed local governments to prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms for self-defense at meetings of a local government body.
  • Senate Bill 1324 would have further victimized law-abiding gun owners who suffered loss or theft of their firearms if they did not report them within a certain time.
  • Senate Bill 1446 would have reinstated a handgun rationing law that was in place from 1993 until it was repealed in 2012.  It would have limited handgun purchases to one per 30 day period.
  • Senate Bill 1458 would have allowed for individuals to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights without due process on baseless accusations.
  • Senate Bill 1473 would have allowed local governments to suspend Second Amendment rights at public events.
  • Senate Bill 1482 would have added Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville to the jurisdictions in which law-abiding citizens would not be allowed to carry certain firearms without a concealed carry permit.

House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee – Subcommittee #1

  • House Bill 1654 would have prohibited law-abiding citizens from carrying long guns in certain jurisdictions without a concealed carry permit.
  • House Bill 1856 would have allowed local governments to prohibit law-abiding citizens from defending themselves while visiting public libraries.
  • House Bill 1992 would have allowed local governments to enact their own gun control ordinances, potentially resulting in a patchwork of laws and the Second Amendment not being equally protected across the state. 
  • House Bill 1644 would have further victimized law-abiding gun owners who suffered loss or theft of their firearms if they did not report them within a certain time.
  • House Bill 1691 was a vaguely worded attempt at banning “undetectable firearms” already banned under federal law.  It would have likely banned many commonly owned firearms made with modern materials that are not actually undetectable.
  • House Bill 1763 would have allowed for individuals to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights without due process on baseless accusations.
  • House Bill 1956 would have allowed local governments to suspend Second Amendment rights at public events.
  • House Bill 1957 would have allowed courts to restrict the self-defense rights of parents who have a child in their household found to be needing services or who is a status offender.
  • House Bill 2244 would have expanded the misdemeanor offenses that would result in a loss of Second Amendment rights.
  • House Bill 2285 would have restricted the ability of young people to use firearms for lawful purposes and increased penalties on adults who violated it.
  • House Bill 2399 would have allowed state police to delay firearm transfers up to five business days to process instant background checks instead of the current end of business day requirement.
  • House Bill 2479 would have criminalized private firearm transfers.
  • House Bill 2492 would have banned many commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and handguns as well as ammunition magazines greater than ten rounds in capacity, encompassing most standard capacity magazines in use by law-abiding citizens.  In addition, it would have banned the carrying of certain shotguns by individuals who do not have a concealed carry permit.
  • House Bill 2604 would have reinstated a handgun rationing law that was in place from 1993 until it was repealed in 2012.  It would have limited handgun purchases to one per 30 day period.

The majority of this content came from the NRA's report, here.