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The Virginia General Assembly has completed their 2012 session and there's some good news for gun owners. The following laws have been officially enacted and will go into effect on July 1, 2012.
HB20 - Emergency services and disasters; constitutional rights.
Provides that nothing in the Emergency Services and Disaster Law shall be interpreted to limit or prohibit the otherwise lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms. This bill is identical to SB 245. Enacted 3/1/2012; Effective 7/1/2012
HB 22 Firearms; disposition thereof acquired by localities.
Disposition of firearms. Provides that no locality may participate in any program in which individuals are given a thing of value in exchange for surrendering a firearm to the locality unless the governing body of the locality has enacted an ordinance authorizing the participation of the locality. The ordinance shall require that such firearms shall be offered for sale by public auction or sealed bids to a person licensed as a dealer before otherwise disposing of, which may include destruction or sale to a dealer. Enacted 3/10/2012; Effective 7/1/2012
HB 26 Concealed handgun permits; failure to produce upon demand of a law-enforcement officer, penalty.
Failure to carry concealed handgun permit; penalty. Provides that failure to produce, upon demand of a law-enforcement officer, a concealed handgun permit and a government-issued photo identification while carrying a concealed handgun is punishable by a $25 civil penalty. A court may waive this penalty if the person presents a valid concealed handgun permit and government-issued photo identification to the court. The bill also introduces an affirmative defense of having a valid concealed handgun permit to a charge of violating the concealed weapons statute with a handgun. Enacted 3/7/2012; Effective 7/1/2012
HB 754 Concealed handgun permit applications; removes option for locality to require fingerprints.
Concealed handgun permit applications; fingerprints. Removes the option for a locality to require that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit submit fingerprints as part of the application. This bill is identical to SB 67. Enacted 3/8/2012; Effective 7/1/2012
HB 940 Handguns; eliminates prohibition on purchasing more than one in a 30-day period.
Purchase of handguns; eliminate limitation on handgun purchases. Eliminates the prohibition on purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period. This bill is identical to SB 323. Enacted 2/28/2012; Effective 7/1/2012
SB 573 Capitol Police; disposal of unclaimed firearms.
Disposal of unclaimed firearms; Capitol Police. Provides that the Division of Capitol Police may destroy unclaimed firearms or other weapons after the items have been in the possession of the Division for 60 days. Enacted 3/8/2012; Effective 7/1/2012
The following legislation was defeated or set aside for future consideration.
HB 921 Hunting; allows person to hunt wild bird or wild animal on Sundays.
Hunting on Sundays. Allows any person who has obtained a hunting license to hunt any wild bird or wild animal on Sundays.
02/14/12 House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Other similar bills were SB464, SB151, SB173, and SB512.
HB48, SB4, SB64, HB925 (and others); Castle Doctrine
Castle Doctrine legislation in several forms did not pass the legislature. There are still a lot of questions regarding how a Castle Doctrine law might affect the current Common Law and Case Law, which is already fairly strong in this area. The fear is that Castle Doctrine will weaken what we already have in place. Therefore, it was tabled for this session in order for more analysis to occur before introducing it again in a future session. Click here to read one of the more comprehensive Castle Doctrine suggestions, authored by Attorney Dan Hawes of Virginia Legal Defense.
HB 25 Concealed handgun permit; confidentiality of permittee information.
Concealed handgun permits; confidentiality of permittee information. Prohibits the clerk of the court from disclosing information contained on a concealed handgun permit application or on an order issuing a concealed handgun permit. Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice.
There are certainly others that I'm missing here. Please post them in this thread if you are aware of other legislation that has passe and goes into effect or is sitting on the Governor's desk for signature.
two for the "didn't pass" group.
HB139 Concealed handguns; persons who may lawfully carry hidden from common observation, penalty.
pocket veto in the house mpps committee. this was a BIG one, essentially 'constitutional carry'. but... stay tuned for next session.
SB379 Firearms transfers; penalties.
thankfully, defeated in the senate coj committee. this would have criminalized private sales.
“For life, liberty and Little Lizzie.” - John Connor (2005)
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