I'll try to help you out by answering a few questions that I know off the top of my head:
mpg9999 wrote:I’ve been lurking here for a little while and decided to sign up. I’ve got a lot of questions, many VA specific so I figured I’d post in this section. I guess I’ll introduce myself first.
I’m an engineering student at Virginia Tech.
I'm a fellow college student myself. Are you a member of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus?
2. Hypothetical situation. I am concealed carrying, IWB with an untucked shirt overtop the gun. I am shopping and I reach up to grab something off of a shelf, which causes my shirt to rise up and the gun is now visible for a second. If someone can see my gun, is that considered brandishing or anything else that’s illegal, or is that ok since both concealed carry and open carry are legal?
That is NOT brandishing. If you pull your gun and waive it around in the store, that is brandishing. If you pulled you shirt up on purpose to reveal your gun and told another shopper to "back away from the on sale tomatoes or else," then that could be considering brandishing.
6. Looks like a lot of you guys live in NOVA, which is where I am from. I’m trying to think of everywhere I go and make sure I know the laws for those locations. I sometimes go to the Hoffman center to see a movie. Isn’t the building next to the theater a federal building? Is the parking lot, and if so, is it off limits to carrying? The metro is also across the street, where there is more parking. Can you carry on the metro (as long as you stay in VA of course), and metro parking lots?
I go to that AMC theater sometimes. They have their own parking lot on the right side of the building. You should be fine. If you parked in the Hoffman "federal" lot, you would probably get your car towed anyways for not having a parking permit.
Carrying on Metro in VA in fine. I think getting on at Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon train stops might be a problem because they are on (or you have to cross) federal property (does anyone know for sure?)
7. I know you have to be 18 to buy a rifle, and 21 to buy a handgun, but can 18 year old posses and carry a handgun? Next year I am moving to a new place with a new roommate who is also into guns. He is 19 and I mentioned to him that I don’t think there is any law against him possessing a handgun. Can anyone clarify this?
18 to possess a handgun (assuming not a felon)
18 to open carry a handgun (assuming not a felon)
18 to possess a rifle (assuming not a felon)
18 to buy a handgun from a private citizen (assuming you are both residents of VA and not felons)
21 to buy a handgun from an FFL dealer
21 to get a CHP
Buying ammo can be tricky if under 21 since a lot of stores card you for handgun ammo. Rifle ammo is 18. Ammo that works in both types of gun, that just depends on the clerk.