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Beginning midnight July 1st, the following new gun control bills that were signed by Dem. Governor Northam will become law.


From Legiscan.com Reporting lost or stolen firearms; civil penalty. Requires that, if a firearm is lost or stolen from a person who lawfully possessed it, such person shall report the loss or theft of the firearm to any local law enforcement agency or the Department of State Police within 48 hours after such person discovers the loss or theft or is informed by a person with personal knowledge of the loss or theft. The bill requires the relevant law-enforcement agency to enter the report information into the National Crime Information Center. A violation is punishable by a civil penalty of not more than $250. The bill provides that a person who, in good faith, reports the loss or theft is immune from criminal or civil liability for acts or omissions that result from the loss or theft. The immunity does not apply to a person who knowingly gives a false report. The bill does not apply to the loss or theft of an antique firearm.


From Legiscan.com Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a background check from licensed firearms dealers. A person who sells a firearm to another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that a purchaser who receives a firearm from another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that the Department shall have three business days to complete a background check before a firearm may be transferred.



Creates a patchwork of local laws by allowing local municipalities to govern the carrying, storage, possession and transport of firearms by adopting or enforcing local laws and regulations outside the scope of state law.


Otherwise known as a “Red Flag” law, this bill allows the confiscation of firearms from someone deemed to be a threat to themselves or others without that person’s knowledge of the accusation made against them.


Limit the purchase by a law abiding citizen to one gun per month.


Gives any person who is subject to a “permanent protective order” 24-hours to turn in their weapons and prohibits that person from possession of firearms during the length of the protective order.


Creates penalties for anyone who “recklessly” leaves a loaded and unlocked/unsecured gun where it may be accessible, in any way to a minor and ups the age from 14 to 18 to be considered minor under these provisions.