Yep...most laws in VA regarding firearms have specific exemptions for law enforcement and active military in the line of duty. Whether this is right or wrong (having laws that allow police to have superior firepower over the 'civvies") isanother story, and opinions will vary depending on who you ask.
I have no greater access to "superior" firepower than a citizen. As a citizen I actually have access to far more weapons than I do on duty.
There is pretty much nothing I can get on duty that I cannot get as a civilian. So there is no real access to superior firepower.
There are certain code sections wherethepolice are exempt... not many....
Maybe we can compile a list so we can see what is out there.
J3: nothing herein shall prohibit any sworn law-enforcement officer from carrying a concealed handgun on the premises of such restaurant or club or any owner or event sponsor or his employees from carrying a concealed handgun while on duty at such restaurant or club if such person has a concealed handgun permit.
(iv) any law-enforcement officer
I am not exempt from being charged with brandishing!! So if I point my gun at you... you can apparently have me arrested!
I am exempt from being sued civilly....
B. Any police officer in the performance of his duty
, in making an arrest under the provisions of this section, shall not be civilly liable in damages for injuries or death resulting to the person being arrested if he had reason to believe that the person being arrested was pointing, holding, or brandishing such firearm or air or gas operated weapon, or object that was similar in appearance, with intent to induce fear in the mind of another.
So what else is there????