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Virginia is one of our “Gold Star” open carry states. There is complete state preemption of all firearms laws, open carry is increasingly common and law enforcement is well educated as to its legality.
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State Constitution Article I, Section 13That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people,trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state,therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
Minimum Age to OC 18
Preemption Complete State Preemption of All Firearm LawsNOTE: Almost all states allow local regulation of the discharge of firearms
Open Car Carry You may open carry in a vehicle. It must be clearly visible.
Private Sales Private Sales Are Legal
Permit Issued Concealed Handgun Permit
K-12 Carry Permit Holders MAY Carry in Their Car OnlyNOTE: The Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act Restricts Carry to Permit Holders
College Carry Carry Not Statutorily ProhibitedNOTE: Even if Legal, Students May be Subject to Academic Sanctions
Places Off Limits
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