I agree completely that we shouldn't have to have a permit to carry concealed weapons. I have never really understand why Virginia stopped issuing concealed "weapon" permits and started issuing "Concealed handgun permits". I, at one time, had one of the old CWP's. It authorized carrying guns, knives (including switchblades), blackjacks, and I don't remember what else. I never made sense to me that an individual who can legally carry a firearm can't carry a fixed blade knife (or automatic opening knife) on their belt and put their coat on. I know knives are kind of off topic here, but in a free society the citizen should be able to carry anything the police can carry.I would gladly get on board with any attempt to get "Alaska Carry" in Virginia.
Well, since there is a code that does prohibit the possession of a switch blade as well as many other weapons... Maybe this is why they changed it from "weapon" to "handgun"....
. Prohibiting the selling or having in possession
If any person sells or barters, or exhibits for sale or for barter, or gives or furnishes, or causes to be sold, bartered, given or furnished, or has in his possession, or under his control, with the intent of selling, bartering, giving or furnishing, any blackjack, brass or metal knucks, any disc of whatever configuration having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, or like weapons, such person shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
The having in one's possession of any such weapon shall be prima facie evidence
, except in the case of a conservator of the peace, of his intent to sell, barter, give or furnish the same.