VIRGINIA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide

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Virginia Handgun Permit

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Reside in the county you make your application in.
  • Demonstrate competence with a handgun.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of two or more misdemeanors within the five-year period immediately preceding the application.
  • Is not a person who is addicted to, or is an unlawful user or distributor of, marijuana or any controlled substance.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of public drunkenness, or of a substantially similar offense under the laws of any other state, the District of Columbia, the United States, or its territories within the three-year period immediately preceding the application, or who is a habitual drunkard.
  • Is not a person who the court finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, based on specific acts by the applicant, is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of any assault, assault and battery, sexual battery, discharging of a firearm or brandishing a firearm within the three-year period immediately preceding the application.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of stalking.
  • Is not a person whose previous convictions or adjudications of delinquency were based on an offense which would have been at the time of conviction a felony if committed by an adult under the laws of any state, the District of Columbia, the United States or its territories. Only convictions occurring within sixteen years following the later of the date of (i) the conviction or adjudication or (ii) release from any incarceration imposed upon such conviction or adjudication shall be deemed to be “previous convictions.”
  • Is not a person who has received mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting within five years prior to the date of his application for a concealed handgun permit.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;

  1. Complete your firearm training course.
  2. Download the application form or pickup from the Circuit Court or Sheriffs office.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • A photocopy of a certificate of completion of a firearms course.
    • Fingerprints
  4. File application in person or by mail with the clerk of the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides in.
  5. You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

Handgun Permit application form

RENEWALS

  • You will be notified by mail 90 days before the permit expires.
  • You can submit a renewal application up to 180 days after the permits expiry date.
  • Applications must include a photocopy of the applicants state issued photo ID.
  • Applications for renewal can be filed by mail.

The standard new permit form can be used. Just select the renewal check box.

LICENSE FEE’S

New Permits
Resident: $50
Out of state: $100

Renewal
$50

NOTE
The court shall charge a fee of $10.00 for the processing of an application or issuing of a permit. Local law enforcement agencies may charge a fee not to exceed $35.00 to cover the cost of conducting an investigation pursuant to this Code section. The State Police may charge a fee not to exceed $5.00 to cover the cost associated with processing the application. The total amount of the charges may not exceed $50.00, and payment may be made by any method accepted by the court. Out of state permits have a fee of $100.

QUICK FACTS

Carry In VehicleYES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information


Virginia gun laws operate on a "Shall Issue" policy and allow for concealed carry permits to be issued to residents and non-residents. Applicants must be 21 or older and complete a firearms training course. For residents, applications are filed with the circuit court in their county of residence and non-residents must mail their application to the State Police. Open carry is legal without a permit with the minimum age being 18.

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RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

NON-RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Private property when prohibited by the owner of the property, or where posted as prohibited
  • Place of religious worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held
  • Courthouse
  • School property or school functions (School buses are school property)
  • Non-secure areas of airport terminals
  • Regional Jail or Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Virginia Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the circuit court of the county or city where the applicant resides.
45 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Virginia gun laws 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.
NO
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Virginia gun laws. 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.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
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.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license is legal in Virginia and common. The minimum age for open carry is 18.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Get in Touch

VIRGINIA BEACH CIRCUIT COURT

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 2425 Nimmo Parkway

CityVirginia Beach, VA 23456-9017

Phone (757) 385-4181

Email [email protected]

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