Board of Supervisors Votes to Conform County Code to New State Gun Law


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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June 25, 2004

Board of Supervisors Votes to Conform County Code to New State Gun Law

On Monday, June 21, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to end the county law requiring area gun dealers to seek a permit from the county and requiring handgun buyers to apply to the police chief so the chief can conduct a background check. With a unanimous vote, the Board repealed Chapter Six, Article Three of the Fairfax County Code that spelled out this regulation. The Board took this action to comply with a new state law.

During its recent legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly repealed a law that mandated counties to require a permit for gun dealers and to require a background investigation of handgun buyers. House Bill 484 and Senate Bill 227, which were passed this spring, required the county to repeal its local laws.

Area dealers have had to apply for permits from the director of the county’s Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. The law also obligated handgun purchasers to apply to the police chief so the chief can conduct a background check. After July 1, 2004, when the repeal of the county’s law takes effect, such background checks will be done only at the state level.

As mandated by the new state law, any county records that had been generated by the permitting process and background checks must be destroyed by July 31, 2004, and the county must certify to the circuit court that these records have been destroyed.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.


 

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