Assault weapons are defined in Va. Code § 18.2-287.4 as “(a) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered.” Such weapons are generally prohibited for those without a CHP on “any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.”
Keep in mind, simply having a CHP does not allow you to carry in prohibited areas. Places like post offices, courthouses, and airports remain off-limits even for those with a valid CHP.
The Virginia CHP is valid for five years and remains valid even if your address changes. If you move, for a fee not to exceed $10, you may have the Circuit Court update the address on your CHP. When it’s time to renew a Virginia CHP, you may do so by mail, without having to be physically present in court. To do this, you must mail the application along with a photocopy of a valid photo identification and the fee required by your county.
You may renew before your existing permit expires. If a new permit is issued while an existing permit remains valid, the new five-year permit will become effective upon the expiration date of the existing permit, provided “that the application is received by the court at least 90 days but no more than 180 days prior to the expiration of the existing permit.” See Va. Ann. Code § 18.2-308.010
For any questions regarding getting a Concealed Handgun Permit in Virginia, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.
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