I seem to have forgotten, or am thinking of another state or the like, but is it open carry is allowed in a restaurant/bar and the concealed carry is not allowed or are both allowed and I'm just over thinking things. I'm fairly sure that open carry is allowed but figured I'd ask just to double to check on it.
First of all, "bars," "saloons," etc. are prohibited in the Commonwealth. Even though it looks like a bar, it is actually just a room in a restaurant that has an on-premises liquor license.
In restaurants, open carry is encouraged:
- not prohibited
- no permit required
- no prohibition on alcohol consumption
contrast concealed carry:
- not prohibited
- permit required
- consumption prohibited
There are exceptions in both situation (e.g. cops are allowed to drink while concealing).
Many here would say consumption is not advised while carrying. Guys, please, please do not start this one up again.
Thank you for the information and the quick replies with the exact info on it.
The Commonwealth of Virginia addresses concealed carry and the restriction on drinking in restaurants in § 18.2-308. Personal protection; carrying concealed weapons; when lawful to carry; penalty.
OC is not specifically addressed; therefore the absence of that is what makes OC legal and w/o the restriction.
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OCers have always been able to carry in Restaurants that serve drinks because they weren't prohibited from it. CHP holders had to open carry to be legal. This necessitated an interesting thing called the Virginia tuck where the person would just pull his jacket up and tuck it behind his gun.
This bill just created parity between the two forms of carry.
Very good information as always and thank you for the exact details and the links to the exact wording of the laws