Virginia is considered a "shall-issue" state where the state will issue a concealed carry permit to residents through the Virginia Handgun Permit. They will also provide a non-resident with a Virginia Handgun Permit if they have a valid state license.
Virginia allows residents to mail their applications into the circuit court for CCW issuance, while non-residents are allowed to mail their applications to the Virginia State Police.
As of July 1, 2020, all handgun and rifle sales are required to have a completed background check through a dealer. This applies to both private individual sales and sales from Federal Firearm Dealer. You must know that a one-handgun restriction is in effect for any resident who DOES NOT have a valid CCW permit.
Virginia allows for open carry without a permit for any individual who is at least 18 and is legally allowed to own and possess a firearm. There are certain restrictions within local towns. Please read on the specific city designations.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||No|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Virginia honors all valid out of state CCW permits. Any person issued a concealed carry permit in another state may carry in Virginia provided they meet the following conditions;
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license is legal in Virginia and common. The minimum age for open carry is 18.
Vehicle carry is allowed in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel. The term “compartment” includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed and the term “secured” means that a container or compartment be closed but not necessarily locked.
It is legal to carry in the following areas;
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol If a Virginia restaurant does not have “NO WEAPONS” signs posted you can open and conceal carry a firearm into the restaurant. However, you are not allowed to consume alcohol if you conceal carry into the restaurant. The Law 18.2-308.012
Virginia does not have constitutional carry laws.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Virginia gun statutes. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
There is nothing in Virginia gun statutes that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.