Virginia VCDL Legislative Update – Session is Over, Bill Status 3/9/20

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Virginia VCDL Legislative Update – Session is Over, Bill Status 3/9/20
  1. Bills that changed status on Saturday (last day of session)
  2. Bills that have passed both the House and Senate and will now head to the Governor’s desk to possibly be signed into law

Saturday was the last day of the 2020 session. All bills that are still alive now head to the Governor’s desk. NOTE that the Governor can veto, change, sign into law, or not sign into law any of the following bills. If not signed into law, a bill will become law without the Governor’s signature. Because the Governor can still change a bill, a final analysis of the bills will not be provided until after the bill has been signed in its final form. Unless noted otherwise, all new laws become effective on July 1, 2020.

Bills that have passed the House and Senate and are identical are now combined to make the list shorter and more reflective of the number of gun law changes.

This alert contains all the gun bills that are still alive and their status. Pro-gun bills in green. It also summarizes any change in the status of those bills that happened today. The status changes are underlined. There are no action items in this update.

1. Bills that changed status on Saturday (last day of session)

  • SB 71 – daycare/preschool become gun-free zones – conference committee amendment was accepted by both bodies and is now headed to the Governor’s desk.
  • SB 593 – Licensed home day facilities required to store firearms unloaded and locked up. The conference committee has a substitute bill. Conference substitute was accepted by both bodies and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
  • HB 600 – Licensed home day facilities required to store firearms unloaded and locked up. The conference committee has a substitute bill. Conference substitute was accepted by both bodies and now heads to the Governor’s desk.

2. Bills that have passed both the House and Senate and will now head to the Governor’s desk to possibly be signed into law

Duplicate bills are combined:

  • HB 2, SB 70 – Universal Background Checks. Only applies to bonafide sales, where something is given in exchange for a firearm.
  • HB 9 – lost/stolen firearms must be reported in 48 hours – time to report increased from 24 to 48 hours.
  • SB 14 – bans possession of bump stocks. Binary triggers, trigger cranks, etc. are not affected.
  • SB 64 – makes a group of two or more individuals brandishing with the intent and purpose of intimidating others a felony.
  • SB 71 – daycare/preschool become gun-free zones. For daycare centers and religious or private preschools, the gun ban only applies during hours of operation.
  • SB 173 – allows CHP holders to have a stun-weapon in their vehicle while on K-12 school grounds.
  • HB 264, SB 263 – Eliminates online training and does not affect training from NRA instructors to get a CHP.
  • HB 421, SB 35 – allows localities to create their own gun laws. Restricted as to where localities can control guns: government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, permitted events and surrounding roads.
  • HB 600, SB 593 – Licensed home day facilities require firearms to be stored unloaded and locked up during hours of operation. Localities can make their requirements more strict.
  • HB 674, SB 240 – Red Flag law – additional protections for search warrants and wrongful accusations were added.
  • HB 812, SB 69 – One Handgun a Month. Has exception for CHP holders.
  • HB 888, SB 268 – No sales tax for purchases of a gun safe under $1,500.
  • HB 1004, SB 479 – protective orders take away gun rights while in effect.
  • HB 1080 – only those authorized by state law can carry on K-12 grounds. Conservators of the Peace cannot carry on school grounds under this bill.
  • HB 1083 – class 1 misdemeanor for younger than 14-years-old getting access to a loaded firearm in a reckless manner. Only change to current law is raising the penalty from a Class 3 misdemeanor to a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 year ago

Virginia as expected takes a bad one!
All of us should heed the alarm from this and
Resolve to control our governments that we can vote for. Lest they like Virginias seek to control us. Bloomberg still has money to spend in his quest to take our rights away.if you think he will stop at Virginia? you are mistaken!

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

It would appear that there are at least several identities posting comments on Ammoland that are trying to make the firearm owning community appear to want to foment violence as a means to preserving our rights. No rational person wants to commit illegal acts of violence, and doing so “preemptively” against those that these posters claim to be acting against our inalienable rights, our established form of government, our Constitution, and in a treasonous manner, is illegal no matter how the illegal, criminal acts are proposed as being reasonable. If there ever is a violent confrontation related to treasonous acts… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago

Heed,
Agreed it is not for the first or last time.
Some may be the agents provocateur, others may be speaking from emotion without thought of the attendant consequences. We’ll deal with them as we always have. Try to explain to the emotional and out the APs.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, if you attack someone “preemptively”, you are committing an illegal act. If you are defending yourself from assault, then you could be legally justified. I am not giving anyone a pass. We have a legal system, and a political system that we use to solve these types of issues. Your suggested vigilantism is neither warranted nor legal. If you truly are a firearm owner, you are proving yourself to be the criminal that antis claim we are. I suspect you are just an anti in disguise trying to foment trouble on this site, hoping that firearm owners will agree… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, if they are committing treason that is a criminal act, therefore your claim about me is spurious at best. Your attempts at fomenting violence is highly questionable. You are acting more and more like anti-rights troll feebly trying to get people to agree with your criminal suggestions. I have not shown restraint, I am following our rule of law. Becoming a criminal will not restore our rights, and it will serve to further ostracize the firearm owning community, showing that we are the criminals the antis claim we are. Our Founding Fathers did “think” like me. They followed the… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, if you are not advocating violence, what is it that your are advocating with your comments about destroying your “tyrants”? And your latest comment stating, “The 2A community didn’t start this but can damn sure end it.” That isn’t advocating violence? How do you propose to “end it”, when you believe it will be “settled out of court”, if not violently? In my world, the real world, advocating for and/or inciting or fomenting violence are criminal acts. Neither have I stated that traitors have “all the rights”. “Kicking their asses” when you do not have any legal basis nor… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Apparently Will is not man enough to debate me and has deleted his posts.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, your lack of mental acuity is quite pronounced in your feeble ad hominem attack. Even a toddler would be capable of a more thoughtful retort. Clearly, you are as ignorant as your post appears. I have explained to you how your violent urges will not benefit anyone. There are ways to counter Leftist polices that do not involve violent actions, though your posts prove that you are not capable of rational thought, only ignorant retorts. You attempt to foment violence and incite others to do what you are unwilling and incapable of doing. You are an old rabid dog… Read more »

David29302
David29302
1 year ago

They will keep chipping away at our liberties until there is nothing left. They will not do an all out grab as this will start a war, they make you think you won when they didn’t pass the assault weapon ban but that is smoke and mirrors as we seek with these bills. People are saying well at least they didn’t take our guns. No they didn’t but look back in history to what our liberties were to what they are today. You used to be able to defend yourself without fear of prosecution, now you better make damn sure… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  David29302

, The elites that you write about have to convince us that no Right is absolute. That is the chipping away part. Older people remember how absolute Constitutional Rights are. Each generation remembers absolute Rights less and less.
But we can easily change that by teaching the children before they go to school; changing the grade schools before high school; and high school before college.

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 year ago

Perhaps the Michael Collins action line would be appropriate in Virginia.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  nobodyuknow

No, violence is not the answer, nor is recommending it wise.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, criminal activities will only prove to them that we are the criminals that they accuse us to be. It is wise to only act within the law. We are not in this situation due to not exhibiting criminal behavior. We are in this due to politicians that have been elected that do not believe in our Republican form of government. They believe in government control of the people – Socialism, not in the consent of the governed. Clearly they are committing treason, but until we can subjugate them and put them on trial for their acts, we cannot afford… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, I am not suggesting “aggressive” actions against anyone, nor have I suggested getting “permission” from anyone. The issue is without consent of those that can imprison you, your actions will be held as criminal. Politicians will not be the ones judging your actions. If the police comes to your door at 3am, you have much more to be concerned about than treasonous politicians. We have a legal system that is designed to punish those that act against our Constitution and our government. If the time comes that we personally need to address these treasonous acts and characters, it will… Read more »

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago

Agree. But we must still meet locally with regularity and prepare for the very real possibility of executing successful civil disobedience.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago

, all talking is for our grandchildren, while they are pliable. If blood must be shed, count me in, but I think that we can still change this by voting for the right people, that will nominate and confirm the right fed. judges.

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago

Keep organizing locally. Meet with your “militia” countrymen, talk and exchange contacts. Discuss and prepare extensively. Democrat politicians are employing the slow-frog-boil method of slow and steady 2A infringement. All it’ll take is one spark to combust the wrath of the people into action to protect their only robust means of defense from domestic tyranny. Just like we saw with Arab Spring several years back–the pressure had been steadily building among the citizens of Egypt. Then a young man, who was pushed to his limit by harassing regulators as he tried to sell his modest wares, literally sparked a youth… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

, doing what you suggest will guarantee an FBI informant in your midst before your first formation.

Greg K
Greg K
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

While absolutely true, we may need to learn how to work through the pain.

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

You sound so sure. Why is that?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

, I am a good guesser.

gunnerdd517
gunnerdd517
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

Its because thats the mod-us operandi of the Fed. If an ‘official’ informant doesnt join you,one, someone thought they could trust will rat you out. I dont ‘do’ groups. If you form one.be very careful not to entertain any suggestions of illegal activity. You will wind up like that woman years ago who inspired guys to head for Wash. DC with a bunch of rope. Or the guy who got others to go along with him to break into a military base. Be smart. Weed out those who propose stuff to land you in jail for a very long time.… Read more »

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 year ago
Reply to  gunnerdd517

Gunner is right! The first battles will be fought by lone wolves in different areas.this is best depicted in books like,”unintended consequences”by John ross. And molon labe’ by Boston t party a nom de plume. Google will help you find these. I of course am not advocating violence by this post as I am a pacifist historian.

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

– Informant – possibly. Agent certainly not. FBI has fairly limited resources, depending on local law enforcement for bodies to carry out most functions.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

, Each of the federal LE agencies pay their Cooperating Individuals well.

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Downside is the possibility of becoming a bottom dweller of a local body of water due to a pfd made of log chain,lol

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago
Reply to  nobodyuknow

A la Collins’s mentor, the American Republican Brotherhood (ARB), right? VA is as good a place as any to begin the physical fight for our rights. A USA equivalent of Sinn Fein also would need to be established. The time is not yet here but approaching rapidly. If DJT does not win White House in 2020 without good reason, the suspicion will be that massive fraud was perpetrated by Democrat operatives who work in election offices nationwide. To reclaim what is ours–the presidency and our constitutional civil rights–know that there are many willing to fight for it. I’ve petitioned the… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

, How would you overcome the opsec, logistical, command and control, training, funding, and communications challenges?

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Ruby, Speaking of OPSEC and COMMS, as I’m sure WB is aware, the term conspire comes to mind. Along with Ps& Qs. There could easily be Unintended Consequences, which don’t work out as well as you might hope.

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago

Maybe we need to saddle up the horses, lol, a la Paul Revere?
In a digital world, going analog presents some security.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

Ruby, In answer to several of your questions, we’re sure, because either we’ve dealt with these people or we remember what the methodology was in the 60’s. As for digital or analog making OPSEC easier, it’s just the opposite. When you have a small population the chance of knowing the other players and keeping things close-hold is much easier. Nothing that is digital is secure. You have to assume that everything is recorded whether it is encrypted or not. Going analog would help as long as it is face to face with no one in earshot and a white noise… Read more »

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

If you do go to “the dark side of the force”
Make sure you and your pals leave the smart phones home! “They” have figured out ways to turn your sweet device of knowledge and communication into a weapon that will tell your enemies everything you do.

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 year ago

Haha I saw what you did there

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

All great questions and beyond my wheelhouse. I’m simply a communicator, patriot and 2A supporter. I’ve practiced at ranges statewide and have met lots of LEOs/military and former of same who believe as I do–they want our right to keep and bear arms to remain unfringed. If the patriots of the 18th Century could figure out a way to organize and communicate, so too should we 21st Century citizens.

Greg K
Greg K
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon

Wasn’t Sinn Fein Commu/Fascist? Sort of like ANTIFA?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg K

, I believe that Sinn Fein was the political branch of the terrorist Irish Republican Army.

Greg K
Greg K
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Exactly correct…Just searched them and they are Left Nationalists, heck even the NY Times wrote an article about it. Knew if I sent you the Wiki cliffnotes it wouldn’t satisfy, and if I sent the NY Times you might show up on the doorstep. :))

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

WB, It is the “activist” part of the IRA. It trained in Libya along with many terrorist groups and has long been rumored to be far Left. Whether the last is true or not, I don’t know. When I was growin’ up if you went to Jewish houses there was a can on the table for spare change to grow trees in Israel, and if you went to Catholic ones the cans said IRA. I’m not equating causes or casting aspersions at either, it’s just a fond memory. I don’t remember a can at any of the other religion’s houses,… Read more »

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 year ago

Has there been a lot shootings at pre-schools and day care facilities? Are these the same idiots who advocate killing the unborn? These democrats are mentally ill.

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 year ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

Michael J. . . . The people in political control in Virginia are COMMUNISTS and are not required to be logical, factual, or accurate in their actions. BTW, think about the electorate that put them in office. Did Soros have anything to do with this?

nrringlee
nrringlee
1 year ago

This has been the Progressive New Left goal for over 45 years. They now have power in VA and they are not going to loose a chance to make maximum use of it. Leftists learned a valuable lesson from the Obama regime. Never let a good crisis or a power opportunity go to waste. Obama did by focusing on Hope-a-Dope blather and not real decisive action. Those who follow his lead will continue to use Hope-a_dope but will do so only to smoke screen real action. And that action, my comrades, is directed against you and your natural rights. It… Read more »

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 year ago
Reply to  nrringlee

LOSE, not loose. Why do so many confuse the two words?

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

I’m blaming spellcheckers and the human tendency to read what you thought, not what you wrote.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 year ago

It’s crystal clear that Virginia’s primary focus is to totally disarm peaceable, lawful arms owners. Every owner will find at least one of these bills objectionable. And if an owner ignores one, he or she might as well ignore them all. Thus, no self respecting owner will comply with any of these laws. Before the year ends, we’ll see violent confrontations between heretofore peaceable, lawful citizens and government. Virginia seems to have been the first state to reach the proverbial brink. I’d venture a notion that at least a million (about half the total number) Old Dominion arms owners are… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

No need to bury or hide anything. The bills that passed do not ban any firearms. Granted they are stupid, but what “gun control” laws aren’t? SB 64 is the most troublesome of them, since anyone can claim he/she is/was intimidated, it will then cost you money to prove in court the claim is false. The law does not provide a means to recover the cost of defending yourself against false claims. The bill also seemingly would make it illegal for the police and military to train, too, as there is no exemption for them, as well as ROTC, and… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago

@Heed – SB64 is even stupider than you seem to recognize. It requires intent to intimidate. Thus ROTC, Police and Military would generally be exempted – though if police attempt to quell a riot they will be in trouble because intimidation is one of their primary tools and now illegal if they are armed. As for training with friends or even parading down the street, how would any prosecutor ever prove your intent? Do not verbally threaten anyone when you are armed and do not in any way publically suggest people are afraid of you. Problem not solved, but at… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

The issue is intimidation is an emotion, not a fact; therefore, all the “victim” needs to do is claim “intimidation”, just like Red Flag laws, wherein they only need to claim you are dangerous and armed (whether or not one actually has any firearms). So, yes, police will be impacted by this, too. As we are all well aware, some animals are more equal than others, so we know the law will not be equally applied. There was a story near where I live, about a year or so ago, where an off-duty police officer was asked to leave a… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago

@Heed – Law limits actions with intent, which is clearly referring to intend of the one doing the action rather than reaction of observers. However law restricting training others says it is illegal to train someone knowing or having reason to know their intent. Second part is more of a mine field. HInd sight is 20/20, so of course if anyone ever participates in “civil disorder” anyone who ever trained them could potentially be found guilt. Teach a child how to shoot a 22 in 2020, then if the shoot someone in 2040 – you could potentially be charged at… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

The problem is “intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder”. There is a legal definition for “civil disorder”, but who gets to determine if the action is what would be labeled as such? And as you pointed out the intent part is problematic. My point is that you can be arrested under that law and the onus is put on you to defend yourself in court – costing you at least several thousand dollars or more to prove your innocence. One part of the law is to make it legally perilous to… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago

@wjd – Which part of @Heed’s post did you find offensive? Perhaps it was the general idea that he thinks it worthwhile to oppose laws which can hit you over the head for not just acting in self defense, but for appearing to be prepared to do so or for providing others with tools or knowledge for self defense? @Heed – Agree that hiding and/or destroying training records would be problematic. Is it better to save everything, including records of how often one witnesses action or speech which could perhaps be used as evidence that you “should have known”. Training… Read more »

TheRevelator
TheRevelator
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

@Finnky Heed the Call-up is one of the more principled members here. From reading his comments here, perhaps @wjd is taking issue of his defense of some Law Enforcement officers also being targeted. There is a problem with the broad brush view painting all those in Law Enforcement positions as enemies. Many of them are of the same mindset as us. Perhaps it was his question of “Who will ultimately determine” the laws in question. Both parties right now are corrupt. There are few in the republican party who are truly principled, and I cant think of any from the… Read more »

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago
Reply to  TheRevelator

You’re right about dem apples! if this is true, however, it stands to reason that we the people are being King Georged (or King Murphied if you live in NJ as I do). The inevitable result will be resistance–armed resistance–to the slow frog-boil that the Powers That Be have set upon the stove of creeping tyranny. If the rights of US citizens keep being trampled–such as for those made to come to court to fight an asinine charges like, “How could you not have known a decade ago during training that today’s perp was going to kill some innocent bystander?”–then… Read more »

TheRevelator
TheRevelator
1 year ago
Reply to  RubySwoon


The trick however is making sure that if such a situation happens that we follow the American system, not that of the French revolution.

Unfortunately the “Ruby Solution”, as you put it, sounds a heck of a lot more Robespierre than it does Washington or Jefferson.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Will, I have no problem in understanding right from wrong. Committing criminals acts or encouraging others to do so is wrong, criminally wrong. We have a legal system to handle acts of treason.

RubySwoon
RubySwoon
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

Only problem with that is that some states are requiring mandatory training be completed *before* a CCP will be granted. So an individual may soon be required to submit trainings to public record. I think there was just a case in NY where an applicant who wanted to carry for his job had met all the CCP requirements, including to take and complete several training courses. He even obtained the recommendation of a state police official. But an activist judge rejected his application, and then again on appeal. I believe there’s legislation now stating that when a judge does the… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

@OV – Don’t bury them all. Buy more and bury some so that after RFL raid you can re-arm…

Baldwin
Baldwin
1 year ago

This is why we can’t have nice things.