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    hey everyone im 20 years old and i want to open carryiv been doing some reserch and see that the minimum age is 18 on this web sitebut haventseen anything in the virginia codes so if someone could help me out that would be great,I have been to the Loudoun sheirff station but theydidnt given me a stright answer and the state police didnt ether.

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    There is no law against it so it is legal.

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    If you can possess it, you can open carry it (with exceptions such as threaded barrels and mags greater than 20rds. This crap doesn't apply if you have a CHP, which requires you to be 21 anyhow).

    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp...cod+18.2-308.7

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    Many people... cops included think you have to be "21" because the is the age you must be to buy from a FFL dealer.

    Each state will vary on the age. But in Virginia 18 and older are allowed unless there is some other reason that prohibits it such as being a felon or a court order.



    ยง 18.2-308.7. Possession or transportation of certain firearms by persons under the age of 18; penalty.

    It shall be unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport a handgun or assault firearm anywhere in the Commonwealth.

    For the purposes of this section, "handgun" means any pistol or revolver or other firearm originally designed, made and intended to fire single or multiple projectiles by means of an explosion of a combustible material from one or more barrels when held in one hand and "assault firearm" means any (i) semi-automatic centerfire rifle or pistol which expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (ii) shotgun with a magazine which will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered. A violation of this section shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    This section shall not apply to:

    1. Any person


    • (i) while in his home or on his property;
    • (ii) while in the home or on the property of his parent, grandparent, or legal guardian; or
    • (iii) while on the property of another who
      • has provided prior permission,
      • and with the prior permission of his parent or legal guardian if the person has the landowner's written permission on his person while on such property;
    2. Any person who, while accompanied by an adult, is at, or going to and from, a lawful shooting range or firearms educational class, provided that the weapons are unloaded while being transported;

    3. Any person actually engaged in lawful hunting or going to and from a hunting area or preserve, provided that the weapons are unloaded while being transported; and

    4. Any person while carrying out his duties in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard of this Commonwealth or any other state.

    (1993, cc. 467, 494; 2003, c. 976; 2004, c. 995.)

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    Thanks everyone for the help

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    Maybe we should set up a OC dinner in Sterling. Close enough that frgntsmtnwill have no problem attending, and it seems as though the ones in Sterling I've been to get decent turnout from the 'regulars'

    "What say ye?"


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