Virginia Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Virginia Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Virginia gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Virginia can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Virginia State Constitution

"That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

"That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community; of all the various modes and forms of government, that is best which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration; and, whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal."

"That the freedoms of speech and of the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained except by despotic governments; that any citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances."

Virginia Gun Laws

Virginia Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
Virginia Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source:
Virginia Firearms / Concealed Handguns (Source: Virginia State Police)
Virginia Resident Concealed Handgun Permits (Source: Virginia State Police)
Virginia Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits (Source: Virginia State Police)
Virginia Firearms / Concealed Handguns Frequently Asked Questions (Source: Virginia State Police)

Virginia Hunting Rules & Regulations

Virginia Hunting (Source: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries)
Virginia Hunting & Trapping Regulations (Source: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries)
Virginia Hunting Licenses & Fees (Source: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries)
Virginia Hunting Licenses Online (Source: Go Outdoors Virginia)
Virginia Hunter Education (Source: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries)

Virginia Shooting Ranges

Virginia Public Sighting-In Ranges (Source: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source:
All Shooting Ranges (Source:

Virginia Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source:
IDPA Matches (Source:
USPSA Clubs (Source:
USPSA Matches (Source:
USA Shooting Clubs (Source:
USA Shooting Matches (Source:
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source:

Virginia NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Virginia State Firearm & Hunting Associations

Virginia Gun Shows and FFLs

Virginia Gun & Knife Shows (Source:
Virginia Gun Shows (Source:
Virginia FFL Holders (Source:
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source:
Virginia Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source:

Virginia's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Virginia Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source:
Gubernatorial (Source:
State Legislature (Source:
Statewide Officials (Source:
NRA's Ranking of Virginia Public Officials (Source:

Virginia Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Virginia State Checkbook (Source: Open The Books)
Virginia State Employees (Source: Open The Books)
Virginia Personal & Economic Freedom Ranking (Source: CATO Institute)
Virginia Civil Asset Forfeiture (aka "Policing For Profit") Ranking (Source: Institute for Justice)

Virginia State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Virginia State Business Tax Climate Rank (Source: Tax Foundation)
Taxes in Virginia (Source: Tax Foundation)