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    I have yet another that question that concerns OC (of a kind) in Virginia. Today I have been reviewing the Commonwealth Code, and I came across this article. . .

    § 18.2-308.7. Possession or transportation of certain firearms by persons under the age of 18; penalty.

    It shall be unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport a handgun or assault firearm anywhere in the Commonwealth. For the purposes of this section, "handgun" means any pistol or revolver or other firearm originally designed, made and intended to fire single or multiple projectiles by means of an explosion of a combustible material from one or more barrels when held in one hand and "assault firearm" means any (i) semi-automatic centerfire rifle or pistol which expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (ii) shotgun with a magazine which will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered. A violation of this section shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    . . .This section singles out "by means of an explosion of a combustible material" while several other sections in the Code specificallyprohibit air or gas operated guns. So does this mean that someone under the age of 18 can legallyopenly carry apellet pistol as a means of self defence?



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    I think your reading is correct, pnuematic and bow weapons are not prohibited by state code. However, localities may have their own ordinances. Interestingly Fairfax specifically allows carry of pnuematic weapons for self defense in certain areas and unsupervised use for minors 16 and older. http://library4.municode.com/mcc/hom...infobase=10051

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    I just did some more checking and came across the same part of theFairfax County Code. I was going to post it but you seem to have beat me to it.

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