Norfolk VA. PD Changes Policy Which Excluded Gun Sales In “E-Commerce Exchange Zones”

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Norfolk VA. PD Changes Policy Which Excluded Gun Sales In “E-Commerce Exchange Zones”
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia – -( It was brought to the attention of Virginia Citizens Defense League that the Norfolk, VA Police Department prohibits the sale of firearms on their property.

The issue deals with “E-Commerce Exchange Zones,” where people can meet on police-station property to safely complete the private sale of items purchased on the internet.

Two points were made to Melinda Wray, Norfolk PD’s Public Information Officer:

1. That prohibition is illegal under 18.2-915 (local government preemption)
2. Why wouldn’t the police want such transactions done under their watchful eyes to discourage prohibited persons from buying guns through private sales?

This issue was resolved quickly by the Norfolk, VA Police Department, with the prohibition being removed the same day!

Thanks to the Norfolk PD, City Attorney, and Commonwealth Attorney for their professionalism.

Thanks to member Ken Richards, who brought this to my attention and who helped lead the charge.

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.

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Since they are already there, why don’t the police fingerprint them, run a NICS check, facial recognition scan, and register the weapon there.

Come to think of it, why is any sale permitted to occur outside of the “safe zone”?

Food for thought.


Oh no, the new “Gil” has arisen! Okay, just for the sake of busting your chops cause it’s so much fun, these are private sales much the same as you would privately sell your car to someone without a criminal background check. Of course a major difference is that the right to keep and bear arms is just that, a right, not to be infringed upon or fettered in any way by the Govt. Do you propose we have criminal background checks, in these zones, on folks who wish to sell knives, axes, baseball bats or other implements that could… Read more »

Michael Williams

Fred must not be a gun owner

Wild Bill

This lack of thinking things through is why the police should never be in charge.

Jim S

Yep, and it is exactly why their legislature put in no local pre-emption laws.


Nice to see the police complying with the law.

Alan Wayne Rose

^ after being called out.