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    Non resident OC in Virginia

    Ok so I'm headed to VA and want to know... can I legally OC WITHOUT a CPL/CHP/CCW in VA? I'm NOT a VA resident....
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    Yes. If you are legally able to possess a handgun, you may open carry in Virginia. And if you have a Michigan CCW, Virginia recognizes your permit as that of "mutual recognition (Jurisdictions have informally agreed to honor permits issued by the other)".

    There are a few entities you should steer clear of such as court houses, school grounds, churches when in session, and any federally owned or leased operations.

    If I missed anything, perhaps other Virginia members will weigh in and help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
    Yes. If you are legally able to possess a handgun, you may open carry in Virginia. And if you have a Michigan CCW, Virginia recognizes your permit as that of "mutual recognition (Jurisdictions have informally agreed to honor permits issued by the other)".

    There are a few entities you should steer clear of such as court houses, school grounds, churches when in session, and any federally owned or leased operations.

    If I missed anything, perhaps other Virginia members will weigh in and help.
    You can Open Carry in National Parks as long as you don't go into a building where Park employees work; such as concessions, information centers, etc. I think stand-alone restroom facilities are OK.

    If you are on private property, including privately owned businesses, and the owner asks you to leave, you must do so or you could be guilty of trespassing. If there is a "No Guns" sign prominently posted on the entrance to a private business establishment, you cannot carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerdon View Post
    You can Open Carry in National Parks as long as you don't go into a building where Park employees work; such as concessions, information centers, etc. I think stand-alone restroom facilities are OK.
    All such places must be posted IIRC.
    State Parks and National Forests require CC

    You can:
    OC or CC in restaurants serving alcohol
    OC in car without CHP

    No duty to inform officer of concealed gun unless asked


    OP: Why didn't you post this in the Virginia section?
    Last edited by t33j; 08-27-2010 at 10:29 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerdon View Post
    If there is a "No Guns" sign prominently posted on the entrance to a private business establishment, you cannot carry.
    Well you can enter that business... you just put yourself at risk of a charge of trespassing should the owner/manager decide to press charges after calling the police.

    INAL and I welcome corrections to this.
    Last edited by SouthernBoy; 08-27-2010 at 11:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t33j View Post
    All such places must be posted IIRC.
    State Parks and National Forests require CC

    You can:
    OC or CC in restaurants serving alcohol
    OC in car without CHP

    No duty to inform officer of concealed gun unless asked


    OP: Why didn't you post this in the Virginia section?
    I don't know how to post things in certain areas...
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    This is as good a place as any...

    Quote Originally Posted by t33j View Post
    All such places must be posted IIRC.
    State Parks and National Forests require CC

    OP: Why didn't you post this in the Virginia section?
    He could post in the Virginia forums, but this section is probably an appropriate place because it gives people throughout the USA a general knowledge of our laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerdon View Post
    He could post in the Virginia forums, but this section is probably an appropriate place because it gives people throughout the USA a general knowledge of our laws.
    Which can be easily found by clicking on the section labeled Virginia
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    Quote Originally Posted by t33j View Post
    Which can be easily found by clicking on the section labeled Virginia
    So why even have an "Open Carry Questions" forum since so much of it depends on individual state law?

    Maybe so that if you have a question about open carry, you can ask it, and someone will let you know the answer. Instead of saying:
    OP: Why didn't you post this in the Virginia section?
    you could say something less accusatory, such as:
    Don't forget to check out the Virginia forum, for state-specific questions.

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    Well, there are questions regarding OC that are not State-specific, questions regarding carry conditions, carry positions, carry weapons, etc. If a question is specific to one State, it really is best posted there.

    JMO.

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