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Concealed weapons; sling bow.
Replaces "slingshot" with "sling bow" in the list of weapons a person is prohibited from carrying concealed. The bill also removes the Harbormaster of the City of Hopewell from the list of individuals who, while in the discharge of their official duties, or while in transit to or from such duties, are excepted from the prohibition on carrying a concealed weapon.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 18.2-308. Carrying concealed weapons; exceptions; penalty.
A. If any person carries about his person, hidden from common
observation, (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to
propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible
material; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife,
slingshot sling bow, spring stick, metal
knucks, or blackjack; (iii) any flailing instrument consisting of two or more
rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which
may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain;
(iv) any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed
blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a
throwing star or oriental dart; or (v) any weapon of like kind as those
enumerated in this subsection, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A second
violation of this section or a conviction under this section subsequent to any
conviction under any substantially similar ordinance of any county, city, or
town shall be punishable as a Class 6 felony, and a third or subsequent such
violation shall be punishable as a Class 5 felony. For the purpose of this
section, a weapon shall be deemed to be hidden from common observation when it
is observable but is of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapons
true nature. It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation of clause (i)
regarding a handgun, that a person had been issued, at the time of the offense,
a valid concealed handgun permit.
B. This section shall not apply to any person while in his own place of abode or the curtilage thereof.
C. Except as provided in subsection A of � 18.2-308.012, this section shall not apply to:
1. Any person while in his own place of business;
2. Any law-enforcement officer, or retired law-enforcement officer pursuant to � 18.2-308.016, wherever such law-enforcement officer may travel in the Commonwealth;
3. Any person who is at, or going to or from, an established shooting range, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported;
4. Any regularly enrolled member of a weapons collecting organization who is at, or going to or from, a bona fide weapons exhibition, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported;
5. Any person carrying such weapons between his place of abode and a place of purchase or repair, provided the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported;
6. Any person actually engaged in lawful hunting, as authorized by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, under inclement weather conditions necessitating temporary protection of his firearm from those conditions, provided that possession of a handgun while engaged in lawful hunting shall not be construed as hunting with a handgun if the person hunting is carrying a valid concealed handgun permit;
7. Any attorney for the Commonwealth or assistant attorney for the Commonwealth, wherever such attorney may travel in the Commonwealth;
8. Any person who may lawfully possess a firearm and is carrying a handgun while in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel;
9. Any enrolled participant of a firearms training course who is at, or going to or from, a training location, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported; and
10. Any judge or justice of the Commonwealth, wherever such judge or justice may travel in the Commonwealth.
D. This section shall also not apply to any of the following individuals while in the discharge of their official duties, or while in transit to or from such duties:
1. Carriers of the United States mail;
2. Officers or guards of any state correctional institution;
3. Conservators of the peace, except that a judge or justice of the Commonwealth, an attorney for the Commonwealth, or an assistant attorney for the Commonwealth may carry a concealed handgun pursuant to subdivisions C 7 and 10. However, the following conservators of the peace shall not be permitted to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a permit as provided in this article: (i) notaries public; (ii) registrars; (iii) drivers, operators, or other persons in charge of any motor vehicle carrier of passengers for hire; or (iv) commissioners in chancery; and
4. Noncustodial employees of the Department of Corrections
designated to carry weapons by the Director of the Department of Corrections
pursuant to � 53.1-29
; and 5. Harbormaster of the
City of Hopewell.
2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to � 30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation is $0 for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities and cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
|01/31/2020||House||House: Reported from Public Safety (19-Y 3-N)|
|01/30/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)|
|01/22/2020||House||House: Assigned PS sub: Public Safety|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104523D|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety|