- Report Published -
|Consent Forms Received by the Department of State Police for the Firearms Transaction Program|
|Department of State Police|
|SB 766 (Regular Session, 1993)|
|This report is being submitted per Senate Bill 766 passed by the 1993 Session of the General Assembly. The Bill required, "That the Department of State police, on or before January 15, 1995, shall submit a report to the General Assembly indicating the number of consent forms received pursuant to 18.2-308.2:2 of the Code of Virginia during the period July 1, 1993, through December 31, 1994; the number of such forms which, because of the number of firearms involved in the transaction, resulted in further investigation by he State Police; and the results of any investigation."|
Since the amendment of 18.2-308.2:2 prohibiting the purchase of more than one handgun within a thirty-day period became effective July 1, 1993, the Department of State Police has received a total of 356,306 consent forms. As stated in the Code, purchases in excess of one handgun within a thirty-day period may be made upon the completion of an enhanced background check by special application to the Department of State Police. Upon satisfactory completion of the enhanced background check, a certificate shall be issued authorizing the purchase of multiple handguns for lawful business use, lawful personal use, collector series, and bulk purchase from estate sales and for similar purposes.
During the period July 1, 1993, through December 31, 1994, 620 applications for multiple handgun purchases were received and processed. Of the 620 applications received, 61 or 9.8 percent were denied. The amendments to 18.2-308.2:2 have not significantly affected the number of consent forms received or the number of multiple handgun purchases within the Commonwealth.
Since the implementation of this procedure, Virginia has ceased to be the source for firearms trafficking to Northeast corridor.