Virginia residents are allowed to carry concealed firearms with a concealed weapons permit. Click on the link to learn about the Concealed Handgun Permit Application Filing Process
. If you have questions about the concealed weapons permit, or about the application filing process, please call the Circuit Court at 703-792-6015.
With the privilege of carrying a concealed firearm in Virginia come certain responsibilities, especially when interacting with police officers.
What about knives (and other bladed weapons)?
Section 18.2-308 of the State Code, and Section 31-1 of the County Code, prohibits a person from carrying concealed dirks, bowie knives, switchblade knives, razors, machetes, ballistic knives (knives with detachable blades that are propelled by a spring-operated mechanism), and a number of other weapons that are not firearms. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to do so, and such weapon shall be forfeited to the County and may be seized by a police officer and forfeited.
FOR THE SAFETY OF BOTH PARTIES, WE SUGGEST TAKING THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY A POLICE OFFICER WHILE CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON:
- Immediately advise the officer that you have a concealed firearm.
- Never touch or move towards the gun.
- Keep your hands in plain view and make no sudden moves.
- Obey all commands given by the officer.
- Make no attempt to produce identification until told to do so.
- Ask the officer to repeat any directions or questions that are unclear.
Carry your concealed weapon permit on your person at all times when you are carrying a concealed handgun.
You must also carry, and produce upon demand by a law enforcement officer, a photo ID issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia or by the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of State (passport).