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    Hey everyone! I was just wondering if someone can give me a list of places that the law prohibits carry. So far this is what I know

    Schools (K-12) - Prohibited, OC or CC. If you have CCW, you can keep in in the car (including on your person as long as you don't exit the car even for a second) as long as it remains concealed. If it becomes visible, it's a felony, CCW or not. Also, without a permit, there is a Federal law that prohibits carry within 1000 feet of a school, and there is no exemption for your vehicle. In other words, if you drive by a school, you broke federal law. Virginia passed a law that exempted permit holders from this law.

    Restaurants with an On Premesis ABC license - CC prohibited on the entire premesis, which some say includes the parking lot. OC permitted unless posted or otherwise informed by owner/manager.If no ABC license, treat as any other business.

    Any private property, including businesses, with signs posted - required to comply with the signs or face a trespassing arrest (not a gun charge).

    Courthouses - prohibited, CC or OC

    Federal Property (including post offices, national parks, etc.) - subject to Federal law, of which there are many, and nearly as many different interpretations.

    State Parks - CC OK, OC prohibited. (this does not apply to city/county parks, just state parks - cc or OC OK in city/county parks)

    Places of Worship - I don't remember exactly how the law reads, but the idea is that you need to have a good reason to carry on church property. Basically, if the church folks don't care, you're OK. If they do, you'd better be ready to explain that the ability to protect yourself is a good enough reason to meet the requirement in the law.

    This is from an email I got from my uncle and was wondering if any of you had anything to add? Thanks everyone!

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    I assume you are asking about VA based upon your location and the list you put together. You have most of them.

    Don't worry too much about places of worship. In my opinion (I am NOT a lawyer), self-defense IS a good and sufficient reason. I carry in church every week.


    Places Off-Limits While Carrying

    • Air Carrier Airport Terminals (Ticketed Passengers Baggage Exemption)
    • ANY Courthouse
    • ANY Federal Property (Federal Offices/National Parks/Post Offices)
    • Detention Facilities (Adult & Juvenile)
    • Military Facilities
    • Place of Worship During a Service "Without Good and Sufficent Reason"
    • Places With On-Premises Alcohol - Owners/Employees/Open Carry Exempted
    • Private Property / Business When Prohibited by Owner or Posted
    • Public/Private/Parochial School Buses
    • Public/Private/Parochial School Functions
    • Public/Private/Parochial School Property (Concealed Carry by Permit Holders INSIDE Vehicles is Exempted)
    • State Parks (CCW Ok. Open Carry Not Allowed)
    • Virginia Commonwealth University

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    What about a Liqour store, or 7 eleven to buy beer? do you have to OC or is it just places where you can consume?

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    The restriction only applies to establishments with an ABC On-Premises license. If the license is Off-Premises (anywhere that sells, but does not serve alcohol) CC or OC is OK, unless otherwise posted, of course.

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    The only thing I would add to the list is the pohibition on non permit holders from carrying assault weapons in certain counties. This only affects handgun open carry if you have a magazine of over 20 rounds capacity in the weapon or if it has a threaded barrel.

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    jpierce wrote:
    I assume you are asking about VA based upon your location and the list you put together. You have most of them.

    Don't worry too much about places of worship. In my opinion (I am NOT a lawyer), self-defense IS a good and sufficient reason. I carry in church every week.


    Places Off-Limits While Carrying
    • Air Carrier Airport Terminals (Ticketed Passengers Baggage Exemption)
    • ANY Courthouse
    • ANY Federal Property (Federal Offices/National Parks/Post Offices)
    • Detention Facilities (Adult & Juvenile)
    • Military Facilities
    • Place of Worship During a Service "Without Good and Sufficent Reason"
    • Places With On-Premises Alcohol - Owners/Employees/Open Carry Exempted
    • Private Property / Business When Prohibited by Owner or Posted
    • Public/Private/Parochial School Buses
    • Public/Private/Parochial School Functions
    • Public/Private/Parochial School Property (Concealed Carry by Permit Holders INSIDE Vehicles is Exempted)
    • State Parks (CCW Ok. Open Carry Not Allowed)
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    Can someone elaborate on the VCU off-limits restriction? Is it treated the same as a school? IE- You're allowed to carry in a school parking lot, so are you allowed to carry in a VCU parking lot?

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    I would recomend buying The Virginia Gun Owners Guide by Allen Korwin.It hasall the laws explainedin away that ordinary people can understand.

    BTW, I just saw a copy of the 2006 edition today at the NRA gift shop and it was a bit thicker than my 2004 edition.:?

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    OK, I am certainly no expert, I count on you guys to keep me straight. However, I think ANY federal property is incorrect. National Forest and BLM land for example. Wouldn't these be considered federal property?
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

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    That's another one that causes confusion. As I understand it, you're legal to carry in National Forests, but not National Parks (and sometimes the boundaries are unclear). After all, nobody ever gets attacked in a National Park. There's current activity trying to get this changed.

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    try to post threads under the state you are discussing.

    The OCDO database refers folks to the PDO state database for a summary of each state's carry restrictions.

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