Virginia Gun Laws

Virginia Gun Laws

Virginia State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney      

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

The open carrying of a handgun in Virginia is lawful


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Not mentioned other than imminent threat of death or serious injury

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle


Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places


Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Imminence requires showing of an "over act" on the part of the assailant before deadly force can be used


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Virginia


Virginia Resident Concealed Handgun Permits are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. You must contact the applicable court in your area for specific instructions on the application process.

The court shall require proof that the applicant has demonstrated competence with a handgun and the applicant must demonstrate such competence, the list of qualifications and the CCW application can be found here: Click Here

Map of all Virginia Circuit Courts: CLICK HERE