Ralph Northam

Getty Images

Virginia Democrats Move To Outlaw Indoor Shooting Ranges

Jeff Katz
January 07, 2020 - 12:34 pm

And so it begins.

Virginia Democrats have introduced a bill that would make owning and operating an indoor shooting range illegal. HB 567, brought forward by Del. Dan Helmer (D-40th District) is summarized as follows:

"Prohibits the operation of an indoor shooting range, defined in the bill, in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or federal government unless (i) fewer than 50 employees work in the building or (ii) (a) at least 90 percent of the users of the indoor shooting range are law-enforcement officers or federal law-enforcement officers, (b) the indoor shooting range maintains a log of each user's name, phone number, address, and the law-enforcement agency where such user is employed, and (c) the indoor shooting range verifies each user's identity and address by requiring all users to present a government-issued photo-identification card. The bill provides that any person that violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000 for the initial violation and $5,000 per day for each day of violation thereafter."