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Two handgun-related bills pass in Virginia House committee

The two bills related to handgun purchases and online permits advanced through a House of Delegates committee.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Two bills related to handgun purchases and online permits advanced through a House of Delegates committee on Friday.

SB 69, which would limit the purchase of a handgun to one a month, passed the House Committee on Public Safety by a 13-9 vote.

SB 263 removes the option for someone to get a concealed handgun permit "by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor."

That bill passed the House Committee on Public Safety by a 13-9 vote.

The limitation on handgun purchases bill exempts a person who has been certified by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, law enforcement officers, correctional facilities, private security companies, a person with a valid concealed handgun permit, private and antique sales.

On Tuesday, lawmakers voted to ban the sale of assault weapons and ban high-capacity magazines.

House Bill 961, makes it a Class 6 felony for anyone to buy or sell most semi-automatic guns and accessories after July 1, 2020.

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You can find SB 69 and SB 263 and its amendments here.

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