|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Minors; allowing access to firearms, Class 6 felony.
Provides that any person who recklessly leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any person under the age of 18 is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Current law provides that any person who recklessly leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14 is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 18.2-56.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 18.2-56.2. Allowing access to firearms by minors; penalty.
shall be is unlawful for any person to
recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger
the life or limb of any child person under the age of fourteen
18. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be
is guilty of a Class 3 1 misdemeanor.
This subsection shall not apply to conduct in the course of hunting and trapping, as defined in � 29.1-100, by lawful means and in a lawful manner.
shall be is unlawful for any person
knowingly to authorize a child under the age of twelve 12 to use
a firearm except when the child is under the supervision of an adult. Any
person violating this subsection shall be is guilty of a Class 1
misdemeanor. For purposes of this subsection, "adult" shall mean
means a parent, guardian, person standing in loco parentis to the child,
or a person twenty-one 21 years of age or over
older who has the permission of the parent, guardian, or person standing in
loco parentis to supervise the child in the use of a firearm.
|Janet D. Howell||D-Richmond||Sponsor|
|Janet D. Howell||R-Richmond||Sponsor|
|Jennifer B. Boysko||D-Richmond||Cosponsor|
|01/07/2020||Senate||Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102952D|
|01/07/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary|