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Overview for Virginia

Virginia does allow open carry in a vehicle as long as the firearm is clearly visible. It is legal to carry a concealed handgun while hunting as long as the person is licensed for concealed carry and has their permit with them. Hunting with a firearm while under the effects of a narcotic or intoxicant drug is illegal. Setting a set gun, spring trap, or a firearm that can be fired by a tripwire is illegal. Suppressors may be used to hunt animals has long as it is legally owned.


Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
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Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails
Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Offical Concealed Carry page for Virginia.


Virginia honors the permits of

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Virginia's permits are honored by

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

Wisconsin (non-resident permits only)


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