Felons; restoration of firearms rights, report to State Police. (HB2548)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restoration of firearms rights; report to State Police. Creates a method whereby circuit courts shall report to the Department of State Police the issuance of a restoration order that unconditionally authorizes the possession, transportation, or carrying of a firearm to a person (i) who has been convicted of a felony; (ii) adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense of murder, kidnapping, robbery by the threat or presentation of firearms, or rape; or (iii) under the age of 29 who was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense of a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult. The bill provides that if a court enters an order restoring a felon's right, the order shall contain the felon's name and date of birth and the clerk of the court shall certify and forward the restoration order accompanied by a complete set of the petitioner's fingerprints to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE). The bill provides that the Department of State Police, upon receipt of the restoration order, shall enter the felon's name and description in the CCRE so that law-enforcement personnel accessing the CCRE will be aware of the order's existence. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101934D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/2019Referred from Courts of Justice
01/21/2019Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/22/2019Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 0-N)
01/25/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2019Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendments (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Read first time
01/30/2019Read second time
01/30/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/30/2019Engrossed by House as amended HB2548E
01/30/2019Printed as engrossed 19101934D-E
01/31/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2548E)
01/31/2019Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
01/31/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Read third time
02/11/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2548ER)
02/14/2019Signed by Speaker
02/14/2019Signed by President
02/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2548ER)
02/15/2019Signed by President
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/18/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 18, 2019
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/05/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 203 (effective 1/1/21)
03/05/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0203)