Virginia Gun Laws
Open Carry: Unrestricted in most public areas Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer State Parks: Concealed handgun carry by recognized permittees is lawful Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No restriction as long as you don't consume any alcohol Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy. Firearms at K-12 Schools: VA permittee with loaded handgun in vehicle only. If you leave the vehicle the firearm must be unloaded and cased. Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Loaded handguns may be carried in plain veiw or secured in the glove compartment or console Firearm Law Uniformity: Mostly Uniform throughout state. Localities can regulate loaded long guns in vehicles. Permit Training Requirements: Any firearm training course qualifies. Permit Issuing Authority: Virginia State Police May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: 5 Years Permit Application Process: Mail application with fingerprints, training certificate, and fee to VA State police. link Non-Resident Permits: Anyone can apply. Places Off Limits: Private property when prohibited by the owner of the property, or where posted as prohibited.
Violation is a trespass charge and not a firearms violation. § 18.2-308
Carrying dangerous weapon to place of religious worship while a meeting for religious purposes is
being held unless you have "good and sufficient reason." 18.2-283
School property/school functions (School busses are school property) unless gun is unloaded, in an
enclosed container and in the vehicle. A car's trunk is considered an enclosed container. However, a
concealed handgun permit holder can have a loaded, concealed handgun in the vehicle while in the
school parking lot, traffic circle, etc. The concealed handgun and the permit holder must stay in the
vehicle. Firearms are not banned from property open to the public where a school function is being
held unless that property is being used exclusively for the school function. Violation of this statute is
a felony. § 18.2-308.1
Non-secure areas of airport terminals are off limits unless you are a passenger and you have your gun
unloaded, in a locked container in your checked luggage, and declare the gun at the check-in counter.
Violation is a high-level misdemeanor. § 18.2-287.01
Regional Jail or Juvenile Detention Facility. § 15.2-915
Carry On College/Universities in Virginia: The VA AG Opinion states: It is my opinion that the safe operation of the campus allows regulation of, or
under limited circumstances, prohibition of, firearms by any persons attending events on campus, visiting
dormitories or classroom buildings, attending specific events as invitees, or under any circumstance
permitted by law. The universal prohibition of firearms by properly permitted persons other than students,
faculty, administration, or employees, however, is not allowed under law. A board of visitors has
responsibility for the protection of the students enrolled at their university. At the same time, the rights
guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States14 and by Article I, § 13, of
the Constitution of Virginia,15 which protect all citizens, may not be summarily dismissed for transient
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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