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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 19. Public Safety
Agency 30. Department of State Police
Chapter 101. Regulations Governing Purchases of Handguns within a 30-Day Period

19VAC30-101-70. Enhanced background check.

A. Upon receipt of a completed application form, a division headquarters or area office of the Department of State Police shall transmit the application, in accordance with policies and procedures prescribed by the Department of State Police, to State Police Administrative Headquarters. Upon receipt at administrative headquarters, the Department of State Police will conduct an enhanced background check of the applicant and any person to whom any handgun to be purchased is to be transferred. This check will include a search of all available criminal history record information, including national, state, and local indices. The Department of State Police will make inquiry of the local law-enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the applicant's and any transferee's place of residence within the past five years as to any factors that would make the proposed purchase illegal under federal, state, or local law prior to approval of any transaction.

B. The enhanced background check shall be conducted without delay and shall be completed as soon as possible after receipt of the application at administrative headquarters. However, in case of electronic failure or other circumstances beyond the control of the State Police, the State Police shall complete the enhanced background check as soon as possible after the circumstances causing the delay have been corrected or overcome.

C. Before granting a multiple purchase certificate, the Department of State Police or its agents may make such inquiry of the applicant and others as the Department of State Police may deem necessary to determine that the application is bona fide and that the information contained in the application is true and accurate. The Department of State Police shall not issue a multiple purchase certificate until satisfied that the requirements of § 18.2-308.2:2 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter have been met.

Statutory Authority

§ 18.2-308.2:2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 24, eff. August 20, 2020; amended, Virginia Register Volume 40, Issue 10, eff. January 31, 2024.

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