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Gun carry laws in Virginia

With many people in Virginia and around the nation discussing gun laws in light of the continued tragedies that occur when people engage in mass shootings, it is important for you to be aware of the laws regarding guns in Virginia. Every state is allowed to have their own laws so you cannot assume these are like others you may have known if you moved here from another part of the country.

As explained by, you are legally allowed to carry a gun openly in public in Virginia if you are at least 18 years of age. You may carry a gun with you in any state park as well. If you wish to go to a restaurant, you may have a gun with you and it may be openly visible or concealed. If you are carrying a gun openly in a restaurant, you are not allowed to drink alcohol while you are there. If the gun is concealed, you may consume alcohol.

When driving your vehicle, you may have a weapon with you but it should be kept in a designated storage area. Examples of these include your glove box, trunk or other console that can be kept closed. 

If you would like to learn more about the various laws that oversee when, where and how a person may or may not carry a weapon so that you do not accidentally break one of these laws, please feel free to visit the weapons carry page of our Virginia criminal defense website.