New Virginia Gun Laws Going Into Effect On July 1 2016

Handgun Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Virginia will honor the permits from all other states. In turn we should get recognition from three new states: New Hampshire, Georgia, and Colorado.
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- The following laws become effective on Friday, July 1 2016:

* Virginia will honor the permits from all other states. In turn we should get recognition from three new states: New Hampshire, Georgia, and Colorado.

As of this afternoon, none of those three states have updated their web sites to show recognition of Virginia. I expect it might be a week or two before we see Virginia added to the states they honor.

As the states add Virginia to their list of recognized permits, I will let you know here on VA-ALERT.

* Gun shows will have a booth where Virginia State Police can run VOLUNTARY background checks for private sales.

* A person who has a permanent protection order against them cannot possess firearms until that order is lifted or expires (2 years is maximum time for a permanent protection order). This tracks federal law.

* No second ID will be required when purchasing a firearm. For so-called “assault firearms,” the requirement for proof of citizenship is gone.

* Members of the Virginia National Guard with CHPs can carry concealed on National Guard facilities, with limited exceptions.

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.

  • 9 thoughts on “New Virginia Gun Laws Going Into Effect On July 1 2016

    1. I don’t believe illegal aliens should enjoy any rights given by the Constitution. They are law brakers the first time they step foot on this soil. If they can’t come here legally, then they shouldn’t come at all. The only right they have is to go back across the border.

    2. Lee,
      Please note that I said “There is no sense in allowing non-citizen to walk into a gun shop and purchase a firearm without proving that he/she is in the US legally.”
      If a person is here legally, he/she should have the Right to defend him/herself as any citizen. I am opposed to illegal aliens being able to own guns as I am opposed to a person convicted of a felony with a firearm even though he/she has served the required time.

    3. Although I applaud most “liberalized” gun laws, I’m not certain that a proof of citizenship should not be required when purchasing any gun any where, any time.
      There is no sense in allowing non-citizen to walk into a gun shop and purchase a firearm without proving that he/she is in the US legally. Or did I miss something in this article?

      1. I agree Martin, but there are realistic reasons. Why should a legal immigrant, holding a green card and permanent residency not be allowed to protect themselves?

      2. Verification of “legal residency” is up to the dealer, seller. A “green card” or citizenship is required under Federal law. Illegals, student visas, or tourists cannot legally buy a gun in the USA.
        The US Passport card is a nice way to prove citizenship and it fits in your wallet. I don’t travel, but I am proud to be a citizen since birth in 1946.
        There is a difference in a law requiring a dealer to verify citizenship and a dealers’ voluntarily applying that requirement when it seems appropriate.

      3. Because there are those who are here legally, but are not citizens. Those on work or educational visas, etc. They can show proof that they passed a hunter safety course (where they will show those documents) and supply that with a 4473 to purchase a firearm.

      4. full citizenship, and legal permanent residence, are two different status. The Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms to all who are lawfully present here. Please reread that Second Article, and note that it does not specify “citizen”. It specifies “the people”… they who are here lawfully and intend to be here as a part of who we are as a nation.

        To require citizenship as a condition of firearms ownership is an infringement upon the God-given right to self-and family-protection, and the defense of one’s adopted homeland, even if one has not yet been here long enough to apply for full naturalisation.

        My own state used to restrict gun ownership to citizens only, but made an exception for lawful permanent residents, but put a precondition of their obtaining an “Alien Forearms Ownership” card… requiring a full federal background check. Funny thing, though.. the legislators forgot that the State Patrol, the ones charged with doing the BGC, cannot run them, per NICS rules… so no one could get the Alien form. Someone sued, and the state simply decided the easy way out is to abandon the Alien card… thus coming into full compliance with federal standards. Problem solved, minimal taxpayer expense. Never should have been put in place anyway.

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