HB 2798 Concealed handguns.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)
Concealed handguns. Provides that any order denying issuance of a permit to carry a concealed handgun shall state the basis for the denial of the permit and the applicant's right to perfect an appeal; provides that the clerk of the circuit court shall give written notice by mail to the permit holder, at his last known address, of the expiration of his permit at least 60 days prior to expiration; places the responsibility for issuance of concealed handgun permits in the hands of the clerk of the circuit court; denial and revocation authority remains with the court; eliminates the concealed weapons permit fee for members of the United States Marshals Service who have completed 20 years of service or are aged 55 or older; provides that it is legal to carry a permitted concealed weapon while hunting regardless of the weather, that traffic misdemeanors do not prohibit one from obtaining a concealed handgun permit, that the clerk shall replace a lost or stolen permit and that the State Police shall establish a uniform size and shape for the permit; provides that a valid concealed handgun permit or license issued by another state shall be valid in the Commonwealth, provided the permit holder is not a resident of Virginia and, if the permit does not include a photograph of the holder, he carries a current state or federal government-issued photo identification. The bill also requires that the Attorney General enter into reciprocal agreements with the states that require it for recognition of the validity of Virginia concealed handgun permits and removes the requirement that the out-of-state permit holders meet Virginia requirements for issuance.

The bill adds retired members of the Law Enforcement Division of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to those individuals who may be authorized to carry a concealed weapon via a letter from the law-enforcement chief of the last agency that employed them. Under current law, retired state police, sheriff's deputies, and Department of Alcohol Beverage Control Special Agents are so authorized. The bill also provides that a valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state authorizes the holder who is at least 21 years of age to carry only a concealed handgun in Virginia. Currently, a concealed weapon permit issued by another state but valid in Virginia would conceivably allow the holder to carry any kind of concealed weapon allowed by that state.

Full text:
01/17/03  House: Presented & ordered printed 036316670  pdf
01/31/03  House: Committee substitute printed 031839670-H1  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments rejected

Status:
01/17/03  House: Presented & ordered printed 036316670
01/17/03  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/31/03  House: Reported from M., P. & P. S. with substitute (18-Y 1-N)
01/31/03  House: Committee substitute printed 031839670-H1
02/01/03  House: Read first time
02/03/03  House: Read second time
02/03/03  House: Committee substitute agreed to 031839670-H1
02/03/03  House: Pending question ordered
02/03/03  House: Amendment by Del. Petersen rejected
02/03/03  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute 031839670-H1
02/04/03  House: Read third time and passed House (82-Y 18-N)
02/04/03  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (82-Y 18-N)
02/04/03  House: Communicated to Senate
02/05/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/03  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/03  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in C. J. (9-Y 5-N)