I been doing some searching and by the looks of it YOU CAN LEGALY OC IN VA? I know you can NOT buy a pistol untill 21 but FTF/private sales you can. Can someone give me some legal advice of the law? I am going to talk to a lawyer and local police before I do anything. I am just trying to figure out. What are the laws? I seen some posts you guys are carrying everywhere/ even banks!? I thought they where goverment and off limits? Please explain. I have read a few articles where people got arrested but released/drop charges because local PD do not know law, has anyone come in contact with police WHILE OC? and have you been asked a question? How do you explain to them the law? I would want to carry a copy of VA state coding/laws with me at all times so no hassle.
Also can you keep the gun LOADED while OC or does it have to have the magazine out? or safty on?
Last edited by Colt 1911; 07-17-2010 at 02:20 PM.
Really do not like to give out info on the internet but I am in the tidewater area thats all I have to say.
What about school zones/driving past them is that legal? should I drive around them?
Before I start carrying I will contact my local PD/city hall and a lawyer.
Also I feel a retention holster is the safest option.
Last edited by Colt 1911; 07-17-2010 at 02:37 PM.
All the answers to the questions you ask are already here in the forum. It won't even take too long to find them by just scrolling back through the thread titles.
People can't give you legal advice unless they are a licensed attorney, so it's probably not a good idea to even ask.
Police are also not qualified to give you legal advice. Their job is to write tickets and arrest criminals. They are not required to tell you the truth, so even if you do ask one, there is no inherent reason to trust that they are being honest with you. (I'm sure most would, but if you happen across a staunch anti-gun person, you never know.)
Lots of info here, just take some time to read it.
Welcome to OCDO and to Virginia, if you're new here.
As mentioned, it's very helpful to add in your location to your profile, just Tidewater is more helpful than nothing. Mine is kind of cryptic.
The "SEARCH" feature is your friend....
What if you buy a pistol from private sales how do you prove its yours? I know private sales are legal in VA.
Search funiction never works quite right for me.. I am looking for people who are under the age 21 and over 18 who OC no one above 21.
Last edited by Colt 1911; 07-17-2010 at 02:43 PM.
During those years I have had contact with local and state police too, while OCing.
I'm sure I have the answers to any questions you may have, just let me know. Feel free to use this site's Private Message feature if you'd like more privacy.
Last edited by nova; 07-17-2010 at 03:02 PM.
Have you considered taking a class instead of calling a lawyer or asking the police?
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Feel free to PM me for "lessons learned" also. I got my oldest daughter a Glock 21SF for her 18th birthday which she proudly wore to her first OCDO Dinner (in her honor for her birthday). We try to have monthly dinners around the Tidewater area. My daughter is now 19 and we just got back from the VCDL Picnic a couple hours ago. We were late, but it was nice to see old friends and to see new faces.
My daughter and I OC nearly everywhere. Once in a while, I feel CC is more appropriate tactically, so I go that route.
You will find most folks on here are willing to bend over backward to help you out, but you need to be willing to help yourself. I'm retired LE / military and spent my entire adult life carrying "on the job". That being said, I have gathered a wealth of information from the fine folks on OCDO and VCDL. I have learned more about Open Carry and Virginia state laws from my Brothers and Sisters on on here than I learned during my 23 years on the job.
"The only dumb question is the one never asked" is a true statement here. As long as you are willing to listen and learn, you'll do well. Don't be a "smart@$$" and folks here will welcome you with open arms.
Come out to a dinner and get to know your fellow OC'ers. We don't bite (except for a few retirees, but their shots are usually up to date). We're always looking for a reason to go out for dinner, so keep an eye out on the "Hampton Roads" section and the "posted" notes section at the top for the next dinner.
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However, like most of us, as I go through my daily life, I carry something a bit more compact, with a lot less power."
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SERPA retention or concealed...
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You should also go to VCDL.ORG and join that organization.. it is only 25.00 per year. Even if you don't join, sign up for the free e-mail alerts.
I'm one of those people who are over 18 but less than 21. Only 9 more months to go until that changes....
However, the VA State Police website has a section on firearms. It quotes the statutes, and gives a link directly to the actual text of the statute where you can see it for yourself on the General Assembly's website.
Last edited by Citizen; 07-18-2010 at 03:04 AM.
I am guessing you are asking from the standpoint of a police encounter. Essentially, you would not have to prove ownership, no matter what the police say to the contrary. Police have repeatedly tried the tactic of needing to check the serial number to make sure it is not stolen, etc. Rubbish. Terry vs Ohio, a US Supreme Court case, authorizes police to seize guns temporarily for officer safety under certain circumstances. If the cop legitimately seizes the gun under Terry v Ohio or a later case that relies on Terry's rationale such as PA vs Mimms (car stops), the cop could check a serial number in plain view under the plain view doctrine to see if the gun was stolen. But there is nothing that permits police in VA to temporarily seize guns just to check if they actually belong to the possessor.
And, since VA does not have gun registration, there is no way for them to check anyway. I think this might be what TFred was trying to say a few posts above. Without a registration database, the police cannot determine who the rightful owner is.
My bank is my favorite place to carry.
As far as carrying around laws / other legal documents, I'd suggest a better approach would be to carry a voice recorder instead. All indications I've seen with regards to attempting to change the mind of a LEO, seem to be that it's a bad idea.
Last edited by t33j; 07-18-2010 at 09:41 AM.
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