"Is it registered to you?" - Is thisVSP ignorance or aVSP technique? If you say no it is not registered, then thetrooper knows that you are ignorant of firearms laws, and may then take advantage ofyour ignorance. I am suspicious because this is not the first time that I have read about a VSP accusation of firearms violations where none existed. Wasn't there a similar reported encounter in VA Beach a while back? Documenting multiple incidents will also strengthen future complaints.
"..it's not very bright to have it where someone could break in and grab it". hmmmm.... 3 options if you do not have a CHP - open carry, no carry or violate the law and conceal.
In Virginia, when must someone in a carsurrender a drivers license to law enforcement? -If observed driving -if sitting inthe drivers seat with the ignition off- If sitting in the drivers seat with engine on (parked, but on to keep warm/cool), etc.?
I agree that it is not reasonable to disturb your rest in a rest area just because you open carry. That being said, I don't think that anything will come of your encounter and complaint.I predict that the intrusion upon your rights will be balanced against the troopers duty to keep the rest area safe (BS I know but just watch.)