I am new fairly new to the forum and this is my first post.
I have recently started to OC going to and from work and my company does not allow weapons of any kind inside the buildings. My question is if I leave my loaded gun under the seat or in the glovebox is it considered "concealed" if I am not in the car? When I get to work I have been locking it in a case and putting it in the cargo area of my suv. This can be a pain, because I can be in and out of the office several times a day.
Like I said I am new to all of this and this is a question I wanted to ask. I would appreciate any help or input.
also please excuse any laps in grammar or typo's, I am doing this on company time
I looked all through the Virginia codes regarding firearms and could find no restrictions as to storage of firearms in vehicles. I would say, you would be just fine. There is nothing wrong with storing the gun in your vehicle out of sight that I could find. You would not be guilty of a concealed weapon violation because you would not be carrying the weapon, it would be stored, as long as no one was in the vehicle.
In the event your car and/or gun is stolen, I would say that you could not be found guilty of any kind of negligence if the gun was concealed inside the vehicle. If you left it out in view, maybe, you could be negligent, I don't know, for something like enticing the criminal, IE: they can see the gun so they break into your car for the specific reason of stealing the gun to commit a crime. But under the seat - I would say not a chance.
Some states do have laws regarding weapons stored in vehicles - they might specify it has to be unloaded or hidden from view, but I couldn't find it in Virginia statutes. Oklahoma, for instance, specifically ALLOWS storage of weapons in vehicles, even on the private property of establishments which do not allow firearms in the building.