Virginia is a shall-issue state, and you will get a CCW permit if you meet all the application requirements.
The state issues permits to both residents and non-residents.
The circuit court of a county is responsible for residents’ application, while the state police department is responsible for non-residents’ application.
There are no purchase permits in the state. However, there is a new law that states that every firearm dealer must complete the criminal record background check before selling firearms in the state.
To conceal carry in Virginia, you need to be familiar with the gun laws and every other related policy.
You can conceal carry with a Handgun Permit in Virginia.
The permit is open to residents and non-residents that have a concealed carry permit from their state.
You must be at least twenty-one years old before applying for a Virginia CCW permit.
You must also meet all the requirements to conceal carry, provided by the state.
The state honors every permit from other states in the USA.
Other aspects of the CCW reciprocity includes the following:
Even in states that will accept Virginia CCW permit, you must still handle your firearm according to their gun laws, and not that of Virginia.
Note that gun laws and concealed carry policies are different in states, regardless of reciprocity or permitless carry.
You are not allowed to possess a firearm or any other concealed carry weapon in some areas of Virginia
These places are set as off-limit areas, and even if you have a handgun permit, you still cannot use firearms in these places.
Only peace officers, law enforcement officers, and in some cases military members, can possess firearms in these places.
Therefore, so as not to get arrested and charged to court, you must know places where you are allowed to conceal carry, and those that are off-limits in Virginia.
Most people think that gun laws in Virginia restrict the possession of firearms in some places. This is due to misconceptions or gun laws in other states.
However, you can conceal carry in these places and situations without restriction in Virginia.
Restaurants and Bars: You can conceal carry in restaurants and bars, except if you will be consuming alcohol, or the place has a post that prohibits the possession of a firearm.
Personal vehicle: You can conceal carry with your handgun permit in your car. If you do not have a permit, then the firearm must be locked away safely.
Roadsides and rest areas: You can conceal carry along roadsides and in rest areas of Virginia.
State/National parks and forest: You can conceal carry with your Virginia CCW permit in forests, parks, and other wildlife management areas except for hog island, buggs island, and in Gaston reservoir.
According to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act in Virginia, officers of the law can conceal carry in any jurisdiction of America without limitation from state and local laws such as location restrictions.
This law covers active, out of service with good standing, and retired law enforcement officers.
Retired officers who meet firearm training requirements to conceal carry, just like the active officers, will be allowed to do so.
In Virginia, a retired officer can qualify to conceal carry in every USA state, according to LEOSA standards.
The Virginia State Police is responsible for the qualification of retired officers.
For processing, the officer will submit the following documents to the police firearm transaction center.
After processing, if the retired officer meets all the qualification requirements and LEOSA standards, the police department will issue an authorization card and a sticker to signify annual qualification.
All of these, with a letter from the head of police in Virginia, will be sent to the officer via mail.
You need to know the laws that guide dealing with a firearm in Virginia in terms of transportation, transferring, buying, and selling.
Here is what you should know.
You do not require a purchase permit to buy a firearm in Virginia. Also, there is no firearm registration in the state
Criminal Record Background Check In Virginia
From the beginning of twenty-twenty-one, all licensed dealers must complete a criminal record background check before selling a firearm in Virginia.
Furthermore, nobody can buy more than one firearm within thirty days, except with a Virginia CCW permit.
Note that your permit does not exempt you from completing the necessary background check before buying a firearm.
There is no required period for completing the sales of firearms in Virginia.
You must be at least eighteen years old before you can transport and possess a firearm in Virginia.
Note that this is different from the age of twenty-one for Virginia CCW permit application.
You can possess a firearm in your home, personal business, real estate, or any other property that you lease or rent.
In Virginia, the law allows the use of deadly force if you believe that an attacker or intruder can harm you, or anybody in your dwelling place, in such a way that would lead to bodily injury or imminent death.
So, as long as you are not the invoker of an attack, and the use of force is just for self-defense or to protect another person from danger, then the force is justifiable.
Castle doctrine in Virginia does not only apply to your home of residence. As long as you are lawfully allowed to be in a place, you have no duty to retreat in the face of an attack.
Note that in any situation or place away from the provision of this law, you are to retreat from such an attack.
In Virginia court, you will get immunity from civil liability if you can prove that the use of force was necessary for the situation on the ground.
Before you apply for a CCW permit in Virginia, you must meet all the requirements provided by the laws of the state.
They include the following:
Having met all Virginia conceal carry permit requirements, you can now proceed with the application.
The process includes the following:
First, enroll for a Virginia concealed carry permit class. This could be a Virginia concealed carry permit online course, as long as a certified firearm instructor conducts it.
There are many state-approved courses you can apply for.
You can either do this by downloading online or visiting the sheriff’s office or a local court to pick it up.
Do this by applying along with the necessary documents like your training certificate.
Mail it to the clerk of a local court or the sheriff’s office in your county of residence.
After the processing period, you will receive an approval or denial mail.
However, as long as you meet all the necessary requirements, your concealed carry permit application should be approved.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about CCW permits in Virginia.
The permit is valid for five years, after which you have to apply for a renewal.
Initial and renewal permit applications for residents cost fifty dollars, except in King William County, where residents pay fifteen dollars.
Permits for non-residents cost a hundred dollars.
The permit is free or retired law enforcement officers who were active for at least fifteen years
The processing period for CCW permits in Virginia is forty-five days.
You can start your renewal application ninety days before the permit expires, and you have till one hundred and eighty days after the permit expires.