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Thread: Open carry in vehicle regarding ammunition.

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    Well, I am new here and I have been researching the laws and regulations regarding open carry for Virginia before I attempt to do this for the first time.

    I did a search for this question to see if it was already asked, but didn't seem to find one so I do apologize if this has already been answered.

    The only thing I cant seem to find is whether or not it is permitted for me to have a loaded handgun in the vehicle with me in a shoulder holster or in a mounted holster, although it would be pointless to have one unloaded I just want to have all my bases covered.

    I have tested the wearing of a shoulder holster in a vehicle and it is in plain view so there's no worries on the concealed factor for that, or at least with my reasoning there isn't.


    Thank you for your help.

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    Hello:

    You may wish to post the questions in your state forum, you may get a quicker answer. But will all Internet advice it is best to double check.
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    Ah I see, well I figured that board was for stories. Alas, I shall mosey on over to that board and try my luck.

    thanks, though

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    you are good to go with loaded open carry in a vehicle. Even if you were to have it on your left hip (blocked from view by the door) its still open, just as if you sit in a booth with strong side to the wall.

    I would suggest getting your CHP only because it can be helpful in these situations and you wont have to worry about it.

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    Thank you for your help, and I fully intend to get my CHP. I am going to try to take the safety class this weekend in fact and apply for it the following Monday.

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    HEADS UP - Michigan here. If carrying/wearing a pistol, unloaded or not, is A-OK without a concealed pistol license, then that's a difference in state laws between VA and MI. In Michigan, the only legal way to transport a pistol without a CPL (CHP) is unloaded, locked, and seperated from ammunition. The ONLY way you can carry/wear a pistol in a car in Michigan is if you're licensed for concealed carry, even if it's unloaded.

    It may be fine in Virginia, I don't know; but if it is, it's one of the differences in state statutes. Just giving a heads-up. Do your homework!
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