Virginia 2022 Legislative Session, All about Pro/Anti 2A bills

For the Virginia folks (and really, anyone else interested :slight_smile:), here is a good spot to discuss all the bills in the current legislative session.

As you should hopefully know by now, Last November’s election yielded a slight Republican majority in the house, and Republicans in Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General. However, the Senate is still a slight Democrat majority. So while the goal is to repeal the bad gun laws, prevent more bad gun laws, and add good gun laws, there is still a significant hurdle in that it must pass both houses before going to the governor for final approval.

That’s why we need all the help we can get to push not only Republican representatives, but if we can push a Democrat representative here and there then that is how we can succeed today instead of waiting and hoping for the next election cycle.

We did a FANTASTIC job of this in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the Democratic majority in House, Senate, and Governorship all promised to remake Virginia and came in hot with enough gun-control to make CA and NY jealous and would potentially have made Virginia one of the most anti-gun states in the country. But thanks to not only Lobby Day 2020, but a massive amount of emails, letters, calls, and in-person lobbying we managed to hold off the most egregious bills and only a few gun-control bills passed. 2021, very little gun-control was pushed as many Dems saw it as a non-electable position considering all the chaos of 2020. And now here we are, and we must press on.

I will post in here alerts from VCDL as I see them, but I encourage other Virginians to also post VCDL alerts, or any other news, articles, alerts that are relevant for this session.

For FASTEST notifications you should get them direct from the VCDL. They only send 2A related items, and (IMO) they do a good job of not overloading you with a ton of emails. If you get a lot of emails, its because there is a lot going on.

Sign up for VCDL alerts here → Subscribe to VA-ALERT - Virginia Citizens Defense League

Here is the link to the latest newsletter. There are TWO links in there for a “one click” (actually some typing and then at least two clicks) submission to send to your Senator which ones you want them to vote “yes” and which ones you want them to vote “no”. You do have a chance to edit before sending if you want to.

https://vcdl.org/mpage/VCDLLegislativeAlert012522

Below is a copy/paste from the newsletter with more information about the bills:

Bills VCDL Strongly SUPPORTS

SB 74, Senator Chase, repeals the authority for localities to have an ordinance banning firearms in local government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at events that are permitted, or should have been permitted. While only 16 out of 194 localities have such an ordinance, it still creates a web of laws that can trip up gun owners as they move around in the Commonwealth. No other civil right varies based on location. Because of the seriousness of gun-law penalties, gun laws should be uniform across the Commonwealth, as they had been from 2004 to 2020. None of the 16 localities could show a need for such an ordinance, but many claimed it would lower crime and make their locality safer. In reality, violent crime is up over 20%. In Alexandria, crime committed using a firearm skyrocketed 40% starting the very month that their ordinance went into effect and has stayed up. Richmond’s violent crime is now back to the highs of decades ago. Disarming citizens in parks, which cannot be secured, puts citizens at unnecessary risk. The ban on guns at permitted, or should have been permitted, events is vague as to exactly what locations “open to the public” are included. Richmond has abused that part of the law by leaving signs up permanently on some streets, giving citizens the impossible task of determining if there is an event in the area that is permitted, or worse, should have been permitted. The 2020 change to the firearm preemption law was a classic example of fixing something that wasn’t broken, and we need to restore the law as it was in 2019.

SB 330, Senator Reeves, “Constitutional Carry” bill, allows someone without a concealed handgun permit, but who would qualify for one, to carry a concealed handgun anywhere they could lawfully open carry a handgun. Twenty-one states now have Constitutional Carry, none have repealed it, and more states are expected to follow suit this year. Neighboring Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia are Constitutional Carry states.

SB 364, Senator Reeves, repeals Virginia’s One Handgun a Month arbitrary gun-rationing scheme. Federal law already requires gun dealers to report to the BATFE any repeated handgun-sales made to the same individual during any five-day period.

SB 644, Senator Hackworth, exempts CHP holders from Universal Background Checks.

SB 763, Senator Obenshain, exempts concealed handgun permit holders from local gun-control ordinances.

Bills VCDL Strongly OPPOSES

SB 61, Senator Hackworth, exempts certain retired and active government employees from gun laws that better-trained concealed handgun permit holders are not exempted from. The bill exempts retired or active Commonwealth Attorneys, Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys, and judges or justices of the Commonwealth from: local-government gun prohibitions, the Capitol Square and state agency gun prohibition (rest stops, General Assembly Building, DMV, ABC, etc.), the prohibition against loaded rifles or shotguns in a vehicle, guns in non-secure areas of airport terminals, on school property, and the prohibition against carry within 40 feet of a polling place. Retired and active Commonwealth Attorneys, judges, and justices have NO requirement for training, while concealed handgun permit holders DO have training. CHP holders have an exemplary record of carrying and using guns in a responsible and legal manner. There is no valid reason that CHP holders should not be allowed to carry in the same places and with the same exemptions as retired and active Commonwealth Attorneys, Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys, judges, and justices. SB 61 sets up a caste system with an entitled class of princelings with special privileges not afforded to “commoners.” VCDL does support the LEOSA training provision in the bill.

SB 310, Senator Ebbin, makes the possession, transfer, sale, or manufacture of a homemade gun a crime, unless at some point federal law requires a frame to be serialized and a federal firearms importer or a federal firearms manufacturer has serialized the frame. This bill would make existing homemade guns illegal and would make 80% receivers illegal, turning innocent citizens into criminals overnight, with no compensation for the loss of their previously legal gun or 80% frame. Like the proverbial “bull in a china shop,” this bill is tinkering with extremely complicated gun laws.

SB 487, Senator McClellan, creates a Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention. The sole focus in firearms and the description of the proposed center make it clear this is political and not about finding solutions. Violence is violence. The violent person is the problem, not whatever tool that is used.

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The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association spoke against reducing the penalty for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit last night in the House Public Safety Subcommittee #1. The bill passed out of subcommittee anyway, but the Association’s opposition was disturbing, as most Sheriffs are supportive of our right to keep and bear arms.

VCDL doesn’t believe it should even be a crime to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. We have been pushing to get full Constitutional Carry in Virginia for at least 5 years now and this year is no different.

Follow the link below if you’d like to read further details and contact the Sheriff’s association.

https://vcdl.org/mpage/ContactTheSheriffsAssociation

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Legislative Update 2/4/22 - good news!

Note: I’ve abbreviated and summarized the email, goto the link at the bottom for the full text. Basically it is an accounting of the House Public Safety Subcommittee which met on Thursday, and the full Committee which met on Friday. Bills that make it out of the full committee go for a vote in the full house. Those that pass the House goto the Senate. Those that also pass the Senate then go to the Governor for final signature. All in all, it was a good couple days for gun owners… let’s hope it keeps up.

House Floor Vote

HB 827, Delegate Wilt, repeals local gun control PASSED on the House Floor with a 52 to 48 vote! HB 827 now heads to the Senate for their consideration. Sadly, the vote was along party lines, with not a single Democrat stepping up to stand with gun owners in protecting a basic civil right.

This is HUGE. There is already a confusing jumble of slightly different rules in several localities and this would go back to the way it was before with just one set of rules to abide by.

House Public Safety Committee

All the gun bills VCDL opposed were defeated and all the bills VCDL supported were passed out of subcommittee:

HB 10, Delegate Anderson, makes CHPs free of charge.
Subcommittee: It passed with a 9 to 1 vote!
Full committee: It passed with a 10 to 8 vote

HB 11, Delegate Anderson, reduces the penalty for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit.
Subcommittee: It passed with a 7 to 3 vote!
Full committee: It passed with a 11 to 7 vote!

HB 204, Delegate Wachsmann, reduces the minimum number of days a person must wait for a NICS check to complete back from 5 to 3 days, as per federal law.
Subcommittee: Passed with a vote of 6 to 4.
Full committee: Passed with a vote of 10 to 8.

HB 325, Delegate Freitas, repeals the penalty for person who doesn’t report a stolen gun “quickly enough.”
Subcommittee: Passed with a 6 to 4 vote.
Full committee: Passed with a 10 to 8 vote.

HB 399, Delegate Simon, makes homemade guns illegal.
Subcommittee: HB 399 was defeated with a 6 to 4 vote.

HB 590, Van Valukenburg, requires firearms in a home with someone under the age of 18 to be locked up. Speaking against the bill was a mother and her young child on Zoom. The mother was wearing a very large GSL button and had me grinning from ear to ear.
Subcommittee: HB 590 was defeated with a 6 to 4 vote.

HB 929, Delegate Batten, allows someone with a Curio and Relics federal license to buy regular firearms without a background check. VCDL supports this bill but is concerned in may not be legal under federal law. The legality of the bill will be researched as it moves forward.
Subcommittee: Passed with a 6 to 4 vote.
Full committee: Passed with a 10 to 8 vote.

HB 1078, Delegate Cordoza, clarifies current law which allows a gun to be given as a true gift to someone who is not prohibited from owning a gun without needing a background check. There was a technical problem with the wording on this bill, so it is being fixed and will be back for a vote next week. Since the bill is merely clarifying current law and not changing it, there is a high probability this bill will pass.

HB 1306, Delegate Simon, adds to current law that it is illegal for a person to knowingly possess or try to sell a firearm which has had its serial number obliterated. Delegate Simon’s bill fixes an issue in current law that could get someone in trouble for merely having a scratch over a serial number, say from a barbwire fence. It also fixes current law to allow for some markings to be removed from the gun, like a Nazi swastika, if the owner didn’t want it on the gun. Simon’s bill brings Virginia into compliance with federal law. Because of the improvements to current law and protections for innocent gun owners, VCDL supports this bill, as it did the Senate version (Ebbin, SB 643).
Subcommittee: It passed with a vote of 6 to 3.
Full committee: Passed with a 17 to 4 vote.

https://vcdl.org/mpage/LegislativeUpdate020422

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OFF TOPIC: HB139 will be heard on Monday. It is a total waste of money. This nonsense will continue as long as legislators suffering from White Guilt keep funding it.

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An update on bills from VCDL email. Looks like they couldn’t make it past the senate judiciary committee…

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From VCDL’s latest Email. You can get the full email here, I have summarized the bill results below.

VCDL Legislative Update 2/13/22

Overall, good news. Pro-self-defense bills advanced: repealing local gun control, repealing red flag law, lowering penalties for carrying concealed without a permit, legalization of switchblades, and more. 5 gun-control bills were stopped. 2 gun-control bills in the Senate advanced but will likely die in the House.

You can check on the status of gun bills at any time by clicking here: http://vcdl-lis.org

Pro-gun Bills

HB 204 , Wachsmann, changes the number of days that the state can delay a firearm transfer from five days to three days, matching federal law. PASSED THE HOUSE 51 to 48. Now heads to the Senate.

HB 325 , Freitas, repeals the requirement that a person who has their gun stolen must report it within 48 hours after the person discovers the loss. PASSED THE HOUSE 51 to 48. Now heads to the Senate.

HB 11, Anderson, reduces the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without a CHP. PASSED THE HOUSE 53 to 46. Now heads to the Senate.

SB 758 , Pillion, legalizes the possession of switchblades knives. PASSED THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY! Now heads to the House.

HB 827 , Wilt, repeals local gun-control authority. PASSED THE HOUSE 52 to 48. Now heads to the Senate.

HB 509 , March, repeals “Red Flag” Substantial Risk Orders (SROs). REPORTED OUT OF THE HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ON AN 11 TO 10 VOTE. Now heads to the House Floor.

SB 75 , Chase, repeals the prohibition on the otherwise lawful carrying of firearms in the Capitol, General Assembly Building, Capitol Square, and property that is owned or leased by the Commonwealth, such as rest stops, DMV, and ABC stores. KILLED IN SENATE RULES COMMITTEE ON A 13 TO 3 VOTE.

HB 124 , Wyatt, allows .22 caliber centerfire cartridges to be used to hunt deer when used in a rifle. KILLED IN HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE BY A 4 TO 2 VOTE.

Anti-gun Bills

SB 269, Edwards, allows off-duty law enforcement to carry a firearm in Capitol Square and in state agency buildings. CONTINUED TO 2023 BY A 13 TO 2 VOTE.

SB 310 , Ebbin, makes the transfer, sale, or manufacture of a homemade gun a crime, unless at some point federal law requires a frame to be serialized and a federal firearms importer or a federal firearms manufacturer has serialized the frame. REPORTED OUT OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BY A 9 TO 4 VOTE.

SB 487 , McClellan, creates a Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention. The sole focus on firearms and the description of the proposed center makes it clear this is political and not about finding solutions. REPORTED OUT OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BY A 9 TO 4 VOTE.

HB 399 , Simon, makes the possession, transfer, sale, or manufacture of a homemade gun a crime, unless at some point federal law requires a frame to be serialized and a federal firearms importer or a federal firearms manufacturer has serialized the frame. KILLED IN HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY SUBCOMMITTEE #1 BY A 6 TO 4 VOTE.

HB 590 , VanValkenburg, requires a gun owner in a house where there is a person under 18 to either have a firearm under their immediate control or to store the firearm unloaded in a locked container and the ammunition in a separate locked container. KILLED IN HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY SUBCOMMITTEE #1 BY A 6 TO 4 VOTE.

HB 798 , Price, creates a fund for “gun violence survivors.” This bill is playing politics with taxpayer money and implying that guns are the only thing that can be misused to harm others, while ignoring other kinds of violence. KILLED IN HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE BY A 12 TO 10 VOTE.

HB 825 , Price, creates a Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention. KILLED IN HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY SUBCOMMITTEE #1 BY A 6 TO 4 VOTE.

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Thanks for this post brother @Harvey :+1: :+1:

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Combining the last two alerts from VCDL. HB827 is coming to committee, and needs all the support we can give. The bill to repeal of red-flag law is coming up soon as well, so I HIGHLY RECOMMEND signing up for alerts so they go straight to your email inbox so you don’t miss out


HB 827, Delegate Wilt, repeals authority for local governments to have gun-control ordinances. HB 827 would remove the local gun-bans in sixteen localities, making gun-laws consistent again across the Commonwealth.

TIME IS SHORT: we need to flood the Senate with emails and phone calls in support of HB 827! If your Senator is Peterson , Morrissey , Deeds , or Edwards , it is particularly important that you contact them, including a phone call if possible!

IMPORTANT: If you haven’t sent an email and/or called your Senator in support of HB 827, PLEASE DO SO! So far only 2,369 emails have been sent. We can do better!

Some have asked why the system is requiring a phone number. Your phone number is NOT being kept or used by VCDL. It is required in case you wish to call your Senator, as the computer dials your phone and the Senator’s phone and then connects the calls automatically. That’s all your phone number is used for.

To send a pre-written, but editable, email and/or to call your Senator in support of HB 827, click the link below:

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URGENT: HB509 which will repeal the Red Flag law has cleared the house and is now in the Senate. If it passes here, then it will goto the Governor’s office for signing into law.

Link to VCDL Alert → Legislative Action Item 2/17/22 - Virginia Citizens Defense League
The alert has suggested text if you want to call or email your senator directly.


HB 509, Delegate Marie March’s bill to repeal Virginia’s Red Flag law, has cleared the House and is now in the Senate. You need to contact your Senator to support HB 509.

Click the following link to send a pre-written, but editable, email to your senator. It will also give you the option of calling your Senator and leaving a message: SUPPORT HB 509!

(Note: you are asked for your address so the software can figure out who is your senator. You are asked for your phone number in case you wish to have the system call your senator and connect you automatically. Neither your address or your phone number is kept by VCDL or the service provider.)

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Your help is needed! Click through to VCDL Alert to see the full text, and/or click the links to send your representatives a message to support restoring Preemption and repealing the RedFlag law.

Link to VCDL Alert → Legislative Action Items 2/25/22 - Virginia Citizens Defense League


Action Item on restoring Preemption and repealing the Red Flag law

To contact key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of HB 827, Delegate Wilt, which repeals the authority for local governments to ban firearms in certain places, and HB 805, Delegate March, which repeals the Red Flag law (both bills are coming up in Committee on Monday morning), click here:

House Update: Good bill moves forward and bad bill is defeated!

Good news! SB 758, Senator Pillion’s bill to make switchblades legal in Virginia, just cleared a House committee by a 19 to 1 vote and heads to the House Floor! It has already passed the Senate.

More good news! SB 310, Senator Ebbin’s bill to prohibit the sale of Polymer 80 and other homemade gun kits was defeated in committee by an 11 to 9 vote. That issue is now gone for the year.

House Action Item:

To tell your Delegate to support the switchblade bill, click here:

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Thanks again for an update brother @Harvey :+1::+1:

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Guess our current system obliges us to take some good with some bad. Everyday is not a great day! However if we can start thinking the way they do, give us an inch we should take the yard!
Then when we take the yard, we should head straight for the goalpost!

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