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VA Open Carry

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Aaryq, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Aaryq

    Aaryq Well-Known Member

    Howdy, folks,
    Open carry in Norther VA...Where can and can't I? I'm not a VA citizen. Does that affect it? I'm in Northern VA? Woodbridge, Dale City, Fredricksburg, Manassas and Occoquan would be the places most often. I know nothing about the area and don't have reciprocity to have a CCW. HELP ME PLEASE!

    There has been at least 1 person shot in the neighborhood I'm in per day. My Brother-in-Law is a firefighter and we hear his scanner and we get at least 1 person shot within 5 blocks so far. I really need to know my options. Help.

    Can I OC with a round in the pipe or do I have to keep it unloaded with a mag on my body somewhere else?
  2. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    I'm not a Virginian, but I'd expect the state law to cover anyone while they were there.

    We don't have different laws here in Texas for residents of other states.
  3. bnkrazy

    bnkrazy Well-Known Member

    opencarry.org will be your friend. Basically, you can go more places OCing than CCWing in VA.

    Places to avoid are the obvious, schools, federal buildings, etc. I do not believe there are any restrictions regarding being a citizen or not.

    The folks at opencarry.org in the VA section should be of great help to you.
  4. VARifleman

    VARifleman Well-Known Member

    Open carry any rifle or pistol that has mags 20 rounds or smaller, and does not have a threaded muzzle. Shotgun mags are 7 or smaller if I recall correctly, but check on that if it applies to you. I do not know if Saiga shotguns are banned under that particular law. Only the mags in the gun count, have whatever you want on your belt.

    Off limits...

    Dulles and National airport buildings. Parking lots, kiss and ride, ok though.
    K-12 schools. Don't go on their property even.
    The Jail section of a police station
    Federal property
    Posted as weapons banned, this includes VCU. Trespass charge
    Churches. 100 dollar fine.

    It's only CCW that's banned in places that serve alcohol.
  5. Duke Junior

    Duke Junior member

  6. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    You can OC anywhere in VA except schools, courthouses, churches, air port terminals, federal property, national parks, and posted private property.
  7. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    What about on the Metro subway? Since it's a federal-state transportation authority, do they have separate rules?
  8. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Well-Known Member

    You don't need to be a VA resident to OC. I OC in the areas you listed on a daily basis. To RNB65's list, add state parks (CC OK, OC not). I know several folks who have OC'd on Metro. Caveats - don't get off at Pentagon or forget to get off before the train enters DC. You'll find in depth discussion of much of this over at the Virginia forum on opencarry.org
  9. MJRW

    MJRW Well-Known Member

    Where the hell are you that this is happening so I can be certain to stay far away from there?
  10. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    I am very familiar with Prince William County, VA and the OP's concern about crime is way overblown. The crime rate in Northern Virginia is very low considering the population. In Prince William County, which has approx. 400,000 residents there were 7 murders in 2007. The crime rate is actually dropping.
  11. Mr. James

    Mr. James Well-Known Member

    Good advice thus far. I'm with MAKster. I live in western Fairfax, not far from Manassas battlefield. PW County is not the war zone depicted in the original post.

    Yes, you can carry with one in the pipe. I do all the time.
  12. VARifleman

    VARifleman Well-Known Member

    A woman was just abducted from Springfield Mall and killed. Crime may be low, but it is still a reality.
  13. Beatnik

    Beatnik Well-Known Member

    I had to double-take on the church thing...
    It is as I remember it - you can't take a dangerous weapon to a place of religious worship while a meeting is being held for religious purposes, without "good and sufficient reason".

    A couple points -

    First, this specifically mentions religious meetings. Churches regularly host AA meetings, ESL classes, soup kitchens, etc. So it's not as cut-and-dry as so far suggested.

    Second, I'm in the crowd that thinks Jeanne Assam put a new spin on what "good and sufficient reason" means. In any case, if you work something out with the PTB at the church, you probably have good and sufficient reason.

    That said, I'm pretty sure neither idea has been tested in courts, either.
  14. JJNA

    JJNA Well-Known Member

    Did I get this right? One can open carry with a rifle, not just a handgun?

    So I can open carry with a Mini-14 (20 round mag, no threaded muzzle, fixed stock)?
  15. Duke Junior

    Duke Junior member

    Good question.I'm trying to find the answer since I take it once in a while.
  16. fairfax1

    fairfax1 Well-Known Member

    Metro follows whatever the gun laws are of the state you are in (DC/MD/VA). You can carry on the bus/train in VA. One exception: you have to cross federal property (when you actually enter/exit the station) at the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery stops on the rail line. Just be careful you don't accidentally stay on to long and end up in MD or DC.

    Here is the announcement from WMATA:
  17. VARifleman

    VARifleman Well-Known Member

    No, you can open carry a handgun or a rifle (or a shotgun, but that's a 7 or less magazine), but the same restrictions apply if you're going to be in the urban areas. There's a list around here of what counts, but most of northern VA counts, as well as richmond and around norfolk. I would find out what counts and what doesn't before I would open carry something that has a 21+ round mag or a threaded muzzle. I have also never tried to open carry my rifle, I'd imagine that it would be a little different in reaction than the open carrying of a handgun, but you never know until you try it. I do have 20 round mags for this purpose though...
  18. Dgreno

    Dgreno Well-Known Member

    The northern VA areas are typically gun un-friendly. Open carrying in those areas is legal, but it definitely will freak people out and could get police attention. Carrying with one in the chamber is not restricted either. Are you in those areas on business?
    Your location says you are moving to NC, If you get a NC permit, you can ccw in VA, just an fyi.

    ETA, just so you know, I spent the first 21 years of my life in Richmond. I also still have a VA CCW permit.
  19. brickeyee

    brickeyee Well-Known Member


  20. Duke Junior

    Duke Junior member

    Thank you all for the answers.

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