Virginia: Upcoming Universal Background Check Law & Antique Firearms

Close-up of the lock on Simpson's musket (Morphy Auctions)
Virginia: Upcoming Universal Background Check Law & Antique Firearms (IMG Morphy Auctions)

Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Effective July 1, 2020, Virginia will generally prohibit any person from selling a firearm “for money, goods, services or anything else of value” unless the seller has received verification from a licensed dealer that the buyer has undergone a background check and been approved by the State Police.1 Virginia law also prohibits anyone from buying a gun without undergoing this background check.

Antique firearms do NOT fall under the new Universal Background Check law. Here is the definition of “antique firearm” from state code:
“Antique firearm” means:

1. Any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898;

2. Any replica of any firearm described in subdivision 1 of this definition if such replica (i) is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition or (ii) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition that is no longer manufactured in the United States and that is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade;

3. Any muzzle-loading rifle, muzzle-loading shotgun, or muzzle-loading pistol that is designed to use black powder, or a black powder substitute, and that cannot use fixed ammunition. For purposes of this subdivision, the term “antique firearm” shall not include any weapon that incorporates a firearm frame or receiver, any firearm that is converted into a muzzle-loading weapon, or any muzzle-loading weapon that can be readily converted to fire fixed ammunition by replacing the barrel, bolt, breech-block, or any combination thereof; or

4. Any curio or relic as defined in this subsection.



Virginia Citizens Defense LeagueAbout 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.

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Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

In McDonald vs Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court incorporated the 2nd Amendment. In this context, the ruling means the 2nd Amendment applies to states, counties, townships, cities, towns and any other governing body beneath the federal government.

Clearly, Northam’s empire is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and needs to be forced into compliance. Because he’s obviously a simpering coward, a few federal marshals should do the trick. Simply walk to a podium where he always is and cuff him. The rest is automatic.

Boz
Boz
1 month ago

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DarryH
DarryH
1 month ago

It’s like the 2nd Amendment doesn’t exist. It is way past time for the Federal Government to pass laws prohibiting cites and states from passing laws stricter than the Federal laws. Maybe another amendment to the Bill of Rights? As far as I am concerned, the applies the marijuana too. I am all for legal use when prescribed by a licensed physician. We cannot rely on law enforcement to protect us. They do what they can, but are understaffed and cannot be everywhere all the time.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 month ago
Reply to  DarryH

Darryl, the 2A is quite explicit. The issue is not with laws to prevent infringement, but the court to uphold the 2A “shall not be infringed”, and then to imprison or more severely and permanently punish those that propose and/or pass knowingly unconstitutional laws.