Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities by governing possession, etc., within locality. (SB35)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Control of firearms by localities; permitted events. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to prohibit the possession or carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or any combination thereof in (i) any building, or part thereof, owned or used by such locality for governmental purposes; (ii) any public park owned by the locality; (iii) any recreation or community center facility; or (iv) any public street, road, alley, sidewalk or public right-of-way or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit. Provisions limiting the authority of localities and state governmental entities to bring lawsuits against certain firearms manufacturers and others are also repealed. The bill also provides that any firearm received by the locality pursuant to a gun buy-back program shall be destroyed by the locality unless the person surrendering such firearm requests in writing that such surrendered firearm be sold. The bill contains technical amendments. This bill incorporates SB 450, SB 505, SB 506, and SB 615. This bill is identical to HB 421. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/18/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100476D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Impact statement from DHCD (SB35)
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/09/2020Impact statement from DHCD (SB35)
01/13/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB615 (Deeds)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB450 (Edwards)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB505 (Edwards)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB506 (Edwards)
01/13/2020Committee substitute printed 20105646D-S1
01/14/2020Constitutional readings dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB35)
01/14/2020Impact statement from DHCD (SB35)
01/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2020Read second time
01/15/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/15/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105646D-S1
01/15/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB35S1
01/16/2020Chair rules that bill does not violate the single object rule
01/16/2020Ruling of Chair Sustained (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Read first time
02/21/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108812D-H1
02/21/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed by temporarily
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108812D-H1
02/26/2020Amendment by Delegate Price agreed to
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB35H1
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute with amendment (53-Y 46-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (22-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Title replaced 20108812D-H1
02/28/2020Reconsideration of House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB35ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/07/2020Signed 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
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2020VOTE: (48-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (48-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB35ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1247 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1247)
05/01/2020VOTE: (48-Y 44-N)