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    Is it legal to transport a handgun to a family or friends house in VA? I am not a resident of VA but would like to bring the gun along just in case.

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    You can own handguns in New Jersey?

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    Yes. Its not great but not as bad as people make it out to be.

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    Yes you can under the 1986 Federal Firearms Owner's Protection Act. As long as you can legally own the gun in your home state and the state to which you are traveling, you may do this. Just make sure it is secured in a case in your trunk, unloaded, with ammunition stored separately.

    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.

    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

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    What exit ya coming from?
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    And when you cross the line into Virginia you can OC if you so desire. :celebrate

    Be aware of the few restrictions: Court Houses, jails, post offices, secure area of airports, private property when asked not to, NPS land which includes some parkways to name a few.

    The only legal way to carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol is OC.

    Enjoy your visit.

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    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54

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    architect wrote:
    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54
    I'm tired of Maryland and their crap. I think I'm just going to invade them in the morning when I get up...
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    ProShooter wrote:
    What exit ya coming from?
    Lots of backroads to get to PA then I81 all the way to Roanoke.

    I live in Northern NJ. Farm country.

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    architect wrote:
    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54


    And cops wonder why peopledislike them

    Welcome to the land of the openly carried gun. While your down here please take the chance to open carry at least once.

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    jjbath wrote:
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    What exit ya coming from?
    Lots of backroads to get to PA then I81 all the way to Roanoke.

    I live in Northern NJ. Farm country.
    I used to live in Bergen and worked in both Warren and Sussex.

    I imagine that you're taking the bridge from P'burg into Easton or 84 West into Scranton and down to 81?

    Take 81 down to 17 in Winchester, Va. Nice ride and it keeps you out of the People's Republic of Maryland for all but a few minutes.
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    ProShooter wrote:
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    What exit ya coming from?
    Lots of backroads to get to PA then I81 all the way to Roanoke.

    I live in Northern NJ. Farm country.

    I used to live in Bergen and worked in both Warren and Sussex.

    I imagine that you're taking the bridge from P'burg into Easton or 84 West into Scranton and down to 81?

    Take 81 down to 17 in Winchester, Va. Nice ride and it keeps you out of the People's Republic of Maryland for all but a few minutes.
    I live in sussex. Where did you work?

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    architect wrote:
    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54


    And cops wonder why peopledislike them

    Welcome to the land of the openly carried gun. While your down here please take the chance to open carry at least once.



    I guess that means I need to find a good holster. I was going to bring an S&W 38 but I don't have a holster. I do have Fubus Holsters for my Glock, Beretta and 1911.

    My sister lives in Roanoke and my parents are retiring there next year.

    I visit at least once a year and I never noticed anyone open carrying before. When I was in AZ everyone was carrying and for some reason I felt safe everywhere I went. Even though I wasn't armed.

    Does open carry mean I can have a loaded gun in my vehicle as long as its visible?


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    jjbath wrote:
    Does open carry mean I can have a loaded gun in my vehicle as long as its visible?
    Correct, as long as it is not "hidden from common observation". Loaded or unloaded is fine.
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    architect wrote:
    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54
    That is just crazy. Wouldn't that put Maryland in a very precarious position with not only a lawsuit from the victim but also one from the feds? Also, just refuse to allow them to search your car.

    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

    America First!

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    architect wrote:
    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54
    If that is true, I would welcome the gentle attention of the Maryland State Police.

    I'd be delighted to return the favor. >=|

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    jjbath wrote:
    xdm guy wrote:
    architect wrote:
    SouthernBoy wrote:
    You can even pass through Philadelphia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. under this act's protections.
    As a point of information it has been reported in these pages that a law enforcement entity in Maryland (State Police, I think) has stated publicly that they will not honor the intent of this law, that instead they will arrest and indict anyone found carrying without a Maryland permit and require that they contest the charges by "proving" compliance with the FOPA.

    It seems wise to not even stop in Maryland if possible.

    (Yes, I know I should cite the thread this was in, I don't know how to and still get back here. I'll post anyway, give it a try, and edit if my search fu is sublime.)

    Here's a thread that mentions the subject still searching for the real word http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=54


    And cops wonder why peopledislike them

    Welcome to the land of the openly carried gun. While your down here please take the chance to open carry at least once.



    I guess that means I need to find a good holster. I was going to bring an S&W 38 but I don't have a holster. I do have Fubus Holsters for my Glock, Beretta and 1911.

    My sister lives in Roanoke and my parents are retiring there next year.

    I visit at least once a year and I never noticed anyone open carrying before. When I was in AZ everyone was carrying and for some reason I felt safe everywhere I went. Even though I wasn't armed.

    Does open carry mean I can have a loaded gun in my vehicle as long as its visible?
    Black hawk makes a nice one for a 1911. If your going to open carry get a holster that has at least level II retention

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    ProShooter wrote:
    jjbath wrote:
    Does open carry mean I can have a loaded gun in my vehicle as long as its visible?

    Correct, as long as it is not "hidden from common observation". Loaded or unloaded is fine.

    Good GRIEF, MAN!

    What do you call an unloaded pistol?
    A HAMMER!

    "It ain't much good if it don't have bb's in it, right"?

    On a more serious (and polite) note: Welcome to OC-FRIENDLY Virginia! Please OC and share your experiences with us when you can.

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    Post Script: IF you can successfully escape the People's Republic of JerseyNew and navigate the treacherous waters (and highways) of Union of Socialist Counties of Maryland, Pull over at the first WELCOME TO VIRGINIA Welcome Center (if it is open due to budget cuts brought on by misappropriation of funds from Virginia Highways to ACORN) and put your holster (and pistol of choice) on and wear it proudly in the Birthplace of the Author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

    Here's a pretty good source for info... http://www.virginia1774.org/Page1.html

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    jjbath wrote:
    ProShooter wrote:
    jjbath wrote:
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    What exit ya coming from?
    Lots of backroads to get to PA then I81 all the way to Roanoke.

    I live in Northern NJ. Farm country.

    I used to live in Bergen and worked in both Warren and Sussex.

    I imagine that you're taking the bridge from P'burg into Easton or 84 West into Scranton and down to 81?

    Take 81 down to 17 in Winchester, Va. Nice ride and it keeps you out of the People's Republic of Maryland for all but a few minutes.
    I live in sussex. Where did you work?

    I have family in fairly puvlic positions (teachers) in sussex, I'm sure you know them. I was born in clifton, but spent all my childhood summers in sussex/wantage. Enjoy your time in VA, it feels good to have rights.

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    MSC 45ACP wrote:
    ProShooter wrote:
    jjbath wrote:
    Does open carry mean I can have a loaded gun in my vehicle as long as its visible?

    Correct, as long as it is not "hidden from common observation". Loaded or unloaded is fine.

    Good GRIEF, MAN!

    What do you call an unloaded pistol?
    A HAMMER!

    I'd call an unloaded pistol "loaded" and not go swinging it around like a hammer.

    An unloaded pistol suffers from PD... Projectile Dysfunction.

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    Thanks for all of your help.

    This is a great site and I'm glad to be a part of it.

    If only there were work in VA I'd be here in a minute.


    Also, is it legal to have the gun loaded in a holster on my hip so long as its not concealed. Or does it need to be on the seat or dashboard to not be considered concealed?Does it matter if I'm not the driver/owner of the vehicle. ie. in the passenger or back seat of a family members vehicle?

    Thanks again for all of your help.

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    jjbath wrote:
    Also, is it legal to have the gun loaded in a holster on my hip so long as its not concealed. Or does it need to be on the seat or dashboard to not be considered concealed?Does it matter if I'm not the driver/owner of the vehicle. ie. in the passenger or back seat of a family members vehicle?

    Thanks again for all of your help.
    Short answer: Yes its legal. No restriction on where you sit/ride.

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    jjbath wrote:
    Is it legal to transport a handgun to a family or friends house in VA? I am not a resident of VA but would like to bring the gun along just in case.

    Thank you.
    Gwet yourself a mail order permit to conceal from Virginia, Florida, or utah - then as soon as you cross the NJ border you can carry openly of concealed in or out of your car through PA, WV, and VA.

    Virginia permits thru the Va. State Police are easiest to get - just look at the VSP web site.

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    jjbath wrote:
    Thanks for all of your help.

    This is a great site and I'm glad to be a part of it.

    If only there were work in VA I'd be here in a minute.


    Also, is it legal to have the gun loaded in a holster on my hip so long as its not concealed. Or does it need to be on the seat or dashboard to not be considered concealed?Does it matter if I'm not the driver/owner of the vehicle. ie. in the passenger or back seat of a family members vehicle?

    Thanks again for all of your help.
    In what type of work are you involved? Perhaps there is more here than you might imagine. If it's IT, Virginia leads the nation.

    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

    America First!

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    SouthernBoy wrote:
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    In what type of work are you involved? Perhaps there is more here than you might imagine. If it's IT, Virginia leads the nation.
    Yes, I'm in IT. I'm a database administrator.

    I have been looking online for a while now but haven't found much available unless you want to live near DC.

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