Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence, effective date. (HB264)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Concealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor. The bill does not affect any in-person means of satisfying the requirement to demonstrate competence with a handgun under current law. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill is identical to SB 263. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101680D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB264)
01/20/2020Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107665D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107665D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB264H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB264H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20108960D-S1
02/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB264S1)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108960D-S1
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB264S1
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Placed on Calendar
02/28/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108960D-S1 (52-Y 45-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB264ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB264ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/23/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 390 (effective 1/1/21)
03/23/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0390)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB142 and SB263.