Are You Protected While in Public? – Virginia CHP

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The ultimate form of protection is to obtain your Virginia concealed handgun permit and carry your firearm where ever you go.  This is also an excellent form of expression of the second amendment.
 
They say using a fire extinguisher is faster than waiting for the fire department, well a bullet is faster than dialing 911, this is correct in certain situations.  However, a good amount of care and thought has to go into your decision to carry a firearm. 
 
It is a huge responsibility for both your safety and those around you, not something to take lightly.  As the old saying goes – “Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”.
You Guessed it, Limitations
There are, of course, limitations to where you can carry your firearm and you should try to be respectful of them.  Some locations are written into law, for example, government and school buildings.  While others are just an attempt at virtue signaling.
Other prohibited places are courthouses and airport terminals.  Churches are generally prohibited, but only during religious services without good and sufficient reason.  If you’re in a school parking lot, traffic circles, or driveway you are allowed as well, but only if you stay in your car.
 
You can also not use illegal drugs or drink alcohol while carrying (class 1 misdemeanor an up), makes perfect sense.  The law even states specifically, if you enter a club or restaurant that allows for on-premise consumption with your firearm, you are not allowed to drink (class 2 misdemeanor)
Carrying in Other States
The State of Virginia has reciprocity agreements in place with a good amount of other states.  This means you can travel out of state and still be covered with your Virginia concealed carry permit.  Unfortunately for Northern Virginia, neither Maryland nor DC recognizes the Virginia permit.  So be careful you don’t get lost and accidentally cross state lines. 
 
Virginia does not seem to have an official list, but here is a good map from USCCA.
Conceal Carry Resources for Northern Virginia
Conceal Carry Permits are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which you reside, you must be 21 and permit is good for 5 years
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Proof of handgun competency
  • Certification of completion of a hunter safety course
  • Certification of completion of an NRA safety or training course
  • Certification of completion of a safety or training course offered by local law enforcement agencies or a private institute certified by the NRA or the Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training offered for security guards, investigators, or special deputies
  • Evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in an organized shooting competition, or current military service
  • Proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services. Your DD-214 must indicate the character of service as an honorable discharge.
  • Firearms training which the court deems appropriate
  • Obtaining a license to carry a firearm in the Commonwealth of Virginia, unless such license has been revoked
  • Completing any firearms training or safety course or class, including an electronic, video, or on-line course, conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor – On January 1, 2021, this requirement will no longer allow “electronic, video, or on-line course”, based on HB264/SB263 which made changes to §§18.2-308.02 and 18.2-308.06 – Read more about this law in 10 New Virginia Gun Laws You Need to Know About
Price Should not exceed $50
  • $10 court charge
  • $35 law enforcement investigations
  • $5 VSP processing
For some less entertaining reading, here is some helpful link:
 
Virginia State Police
 
Code of Virginia – Concealed Weapons and Concealed Handgun Permits.
 
Code of Virginia – Dangerous Use of Firearms or Other Weapons
 
This post is for informational purposes, not legal advice, please consult a lawyer.
Do you have your conceal carry permit in Virginia?  Have you had any problems related to it?

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