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I'm looking forward to the next few years, when I will likely be spending some time in Quantico for TBS and possibly Pensacola after that. I know Florida has a reciprocity agreement with Texas, so that won't be a problem. However, what kind of laws does Virginia have with regard to concealed carry? I was told by a friend that any military personnel who is qualified with a pistol may carry, but I haven't been able to verify that. Any military personnel stationed in VA on this board?
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Your best bet would be to go to the Stafford County Courthouse and apply for a CHL. It is only $50, is good for 5 years and it is quite simple to apply. It requires 1 sheet of paper and the money. That is it. If you have a CHL from another state, include the copy. If not, submit your military pistol qual. The permit should arrive in 4 weeks. The clerk is a former NRA attorney and is a very reasonable guy. I would not recommend carrying without a CHL in Virginia. For instance, in Stafford it is illegal to have a loaded firearm in an automobile. Pay the $50 for a CHL and have peace of mind that you are obeying the law. Good luck and enjoy QMCB.
Thanks for the info! I think I'll play it safe and get the permit. I'll be there for at least six months, anyway, probably more.

You'll need to go to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office for the county in which you will be residing. If your housing is located in Prince William, you will need to go there. Don't go to Stafford unless you are living in Stafford. If you need more help, send me an email.

"Sic Semper Tyrannus"
Will do. It will be a while be a couple of years before I'm there, but as I'll be getting my Texas permit soon, I was thinking oconcealed carry in my future places of residence. I imagine at TBS I'll have to live on base and thus keep my pistol at the armory, except when I'm out on weekends. Probably a big hassle, but better than not having a gun at all.

Out of curiosity I went to the Stafford County web page and, without having to look for it, came across the form for a CCW permit! I like how it's right up front. Honestly, I don't even know which county Quantico MCB is in, but the state seems pretty friendly toward concealed carry in general.

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I know that in VA, you can have a loaded pistol in the car if it's in plain sight. I got this information from the State Troopers, and I travel to Falls Church to visit my folks, and don't like driving with my wife and daughter without having my pistol handy, and I come right up 95 by Quatico every time. Never heard that you couldn't have one in Stafford County.
Just a piece of info - If you do get a CCL in VA and you decide to drive to WVA to experience some of our wonderful whitewater rafting, your permit will still be good.
Hello. I live in Virginia, and am retired (recently) military. To try and answer your questions: Virginia has an open carry law, in addition to their CCW laws. ANYONE, who is not otherwise prohibited to own/carry a gun may carry openly in the commonwealth, although a word of caution, there are a few municipalities who frown on the practice and have passed local ordinances that are more restrictive.......such as the City of Chesapeake, which allows you to carry openly but requires that the firearm be unloaded and in the case of a handgun, the gun carried on one side of your body and the magazine(s) or speed clips or what have you carried on another the other side. As for the comment on the fact that you are military qualifying you to carry, that really has nothing to do with it in regard to open carry. However, if you are active duty, reserve, retired, etc., and can produce either a DD-214 or an ID card (in the case of active duty, retired or reserves), you do not have to take the required CCW course in order to qualify for your CCW permit. In regard to the CCW permit, Virginia is a "Shall Issue" state, and as long as you meet the basic qualifications (no felony convictions, no misdemeanors of moral turpitude, no judgement of mental incompetence, etc.), you should not have any problems obtaining your permit. So far, Tenn, West VA, and Florida have reciprocity with Virginia. I would recommend three other things. First, go to the Commonwealth of Virginia's State Police Website to verify the above information, Second, go to Packing.org's website because it is a valuable resource for most state's gun laws, and Third, since you will be going to Northern Virginia, be ABSOLUTELY careful that you DO NOT CARRY IN ANY MANNER while you visit Washington D.C. (they have no carry laws of any kind......in their eyes guns are banned........go figure), and Maryland (which is quickly becoming one of THE most anti-gun states. Good luck!
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I appreciate it. Speaking of Maryland, that's where I spend most of the year, unfortunately. Its gun laws are absolutely terrible, and guess which state has one of the highest rates of gun crimes? It sure ain't Virginia or Texas.
McNamara said:
I know Florida has a reciprocity agreement with Texas, so that won't be a problem.
When did that happen? Must be fairly recent, seems I checked last spring before making a trip to Penascola and points East and Florida had not approved full reciprocity for Texas CHL's.

A welcome addition to the fold to be sure.

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