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Virginia visitors might have to leave their guns at home

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2016 | Criminal Defense

Gun laws in the U.S. is a hot topic right now. President Obama is taking steps to try to control who gets firearms in this country with more vigorous background checks and regulations. Virginia is also taking steps to control who can carry guns in the state specifically. 

While facing both support and disagreement, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a change in gun laws last month. Essentially, the legislative change within the state excludes certain states from a conceal and carry reciprocity rule that once allowed members of those states to carry concealed weapons in Virginia as long as they had the permit to do so from their own state.

Herring supports this change in state gun laws by addressing how the now excluded 25 states have “lax” gun permit laws compared to Virginia. Maintaining the reciprocity rules with those states, therefore, would potentially mean that more dangerous people could bring their guns into Virginia, conceal and carry them, and commit violent crimes. 

This legislative change only covers those with conceal and carry permits. Visitors who legally own firearms can still carry them openly in Virginia and/or seek local permits to do so. News sources don’t detail the punishment for violating the weapons law, but with the current heat on gun laws and violent crime, the illegal possession and use of a firearm surely won’t be taken lightly. 

Someone with questions about gun laws or who is facing a gun charge should turn to a Virginia criminal defense lawyer who can candidly explain their rights.