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When do you need a firearm permit in Virginia?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2020 | Criminal Defense

For most adults, owning a firearm is a basic constitutional right. However, states around the country have placed certain rules or restrictions on the ownership, use and carrying of certain firearms.

A common rule involves the requirement to secure a permit for the purchase or ownership of certain kinds of firearms, as well as certain uses. What permits does Virginia require for those who want to own or carry firearms in the state?

There is no permit required to purchase a firearm

The state of Virginia does not require any sort of permit for someone to purchase and own standard firearms such as shotguns, rifles and handguns. However, the individual attempting to purchase a firearm will have to pass a background check that will touch on everything from chemical addiction to previous criminal convictions and even terms of discharge from military service.

Those that fail a background check may not be able to complete a purchase and could wind up charged with a crime if caught in the possession of a firearm.

You need a permit to carry a concealed firearm

Some people carry handguns for their own protection. They may place the handgun in a holster, in a bag or inside a pocket on the interior of a coat or jacket. The act of putting the firearm where other people cannot see it is concealment.

In order to legally carry a concealed weapon in Virginia, you will have to have a permit. However, a permit is not necessary to own a handgun or to possess it on your own property or in your own business. Those who break the law regarding a concealed carry permit could find themselves charged with a weapons offense.


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