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Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 27

Friday, February 27, 2015

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 27

Today is the final day of session for the Virginia General Assembly.

On Monday, February 23, House Bill 2286 passed the Senate with an amendment and is now headed to Governor McAuliffe for consideration.

SUPPORT House Bill 2286: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Michael Webert (R-18), HB 2286 makes it possible for individuals who had their rights fully restored in other states to possess firearms in Virginia.  Under current case law, people with felony convictions whose rights were restored by those states, are nonetheless prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition here. House Bill 2286 was passed by a 24 to 16 vote in the Senate.

On Wednesday, February 25, House Bill 2009 also passed the Senate with an amendment and is now headed to Governor McAuliffe for consideration:

SUPPORT House Bill 2009: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33), HB 2009 would require that when certification of a chief law enforcement officer is required by federal law for transfer of a firearm as defined in the National Firearms Act, such certification must be provided within 60 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm.  The reforms in this bill would benefit Virginia’s law-abiding firearm owners by ensuring the process to obtain certain federally-regulated firearms, already legal in Virginia, remains fair, fact-based and objective. House Bill 2009 passed by a 25 to 14 vote in the Senate.

Today, due to a last minute disputed financial impact statement, House Bill 1329 was derailed:

SUPPORT House Bill 1329: Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Lee Ware (R-65), HB 1329 would allow out-of-state concealed handgun permits or licenses to be recognized in Virginia if accompanied by government-issued photo identification.  HB 1329 would acknowledge the rights of all permit holders, regardless of what state you are from. 

Please continue to check your email and www.nraila.org for updates on these bills and other firearms-related bills.

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