Important Change to Gun Law Impacting Minor Children

In 2018, there were upwards of 70 bills proposing changes to Virginia’s gun laws, but only one was passed into law. This new law change was made in Virginia Code section 18.2-308.1:3. This statute makes it illegal for any person who has been involuntarily admitted or ordered into outpatient treatment to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm. The change to the statute in the 2018 legislative session adds “minors 14 years of age or older” to this prohibition.

It is important to note that, for any person who comes under the amendment to this statute that are prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting firearms under this section may, at any time following their release from involuntary admission to a facility, their release from an order or mandatory outpatient treatment, or release from voluntary admission following the issuance of a temporary detention order, petition the general district court to restore their right to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm.

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