Virginia Carry Info


Open Carry is legal in Virginia in most places with or without a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).


Concealed Carry requires, with a few exceptions, a CHP.  (See §18.2-308, Sections B, C, & D for the exceptions.)


However, some restrictions may apply.




Places where carry is prohibited in Virginia

Effective:  January 2020 - June 30, 2020

  • Federal facilities (buildings) (18 USC § 930)
  • Many federal agency lands (various federal regulations)
  • National Forests -- open carry prohibited except where hunting is allowed (4VAC15-40-60)
  • General Assembly Buildings (Joint Rules Committee rule)
  • Virginia Executive Branch offices:  open carry (Executive Order 50 Section VI) and concealed carry (1VAC30-105)
  • Land owned or managed by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries -- open carry prohibited except where hunting is allowed (4VAC15-40-60)
  • Hog Island Wildlife Management Area (4VAC15-40-120)
  • Buggs Island (4VAC15-40-140)
  • State law (§18.2-287.4) prohibits the carry by a non-CHP holder of a loaded:
    • semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that is
      • equipped with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of centerfire ammunition
      • or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer
      • or equipped with a folding stock
    • shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds

           in the following localities:

    • Cities of:
      • Alexandria
      • Chesapeake
      • Fairfax
      • Falls Church
      • Newport News
      • Norfolk
      • Richmond
      • Virginia Beach
    • Counties of:
      • Arlington
      • Fairfax
      • Henrico
      • Loudoun
      • Prince William
  • Most public colleges & universities have promulgated regulations prohibiting carry in buildings and at events:
  • Courthouses (§18.2-283.1)
  • Detention Facilities (§15.2-915)
  • K-12 school grounds (CHP holders exempted for concealed carry while in a vehicle) (§18.2-308.1)
  • K-12 school buses (§18.2-308.1)
  • Property used exclusively for K-12 school-sponsored functions (§18.2-308.1)
  • Air carrier airport terminal buildings (§18.2-287.01)
    • Charlottesville Regional Airport, Charlottesville, VA
    • Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA
    • Lynchburg Municipal Airport, Lynchburg, VA
    • Newport News Williamsburg Regional Airport, Newport News, VA
    • Norfolk International Airport, Norfolk, VA
    • Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA
    • Richmond International Airport, Richmond, VA
    • Roanoke Regional Airport, Roanoke, VA
    • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Staunton, VA
  • Places of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held "without good and sufficient reason" (§18.2-283)
  • Restaurants & clubs -- concealed carry prohibited while consuming alcoholic beverages (§18.2-308.012)
  • Private property when prohibited by owner (§18.2-308.01.C & trespass violation)



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