Statistical (351 posts) Sun Dec-21-08 05:45 PM
Response to Reply #55
64. You don't. Depends on how free your state is.
In VA you can "open carry" a firearm with no license or permit required.
No license, permit, or waiting period is required for purchase either (only federally mandated instant background check).
If you want to conceal the weapon you actually need a CHP "Concealed Handgun Permit".
Due to some "weirdness" in the laws that the gov refused to correct you currently:
Can NOT legally carry a weapon CONCEALED (even with a CHP) into any establishment that sells alcohol.
You CAN legally carry a weapon OPENLY (with NO permit) into any establishment that sells achohol.
So once a month I participate in a open carry dinner where about 40 of us openly carry into a local restaurant.
We have fliers to explain the reason we legally can't conceal carry (even with a CHP) if anyone has a question.
Of course private property owners are free to restrict firearms on their property.
VA has no legal def of a "club" or "bar" only an establishment that serves alchohol so the restriction also covers any restaurant with ABC license (virtually ever sit down restuarant).
Actually for a long time in this country OPEN carry was legal. Most locations had laws making CONCEALING a weapon a crime.
The thinking was if you are doing nothing wrong why would you want to hide your weapon?
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