Vehicle Transport Of Handgun In VA?
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  1. Vehicle Transport Of Handgun In VA?

    I don't have a concealed carry permit yet but figured you all, better than most, would be up on the laws regarding transport I need to know about.

    I'll be traveling in VA in my van and wanted to know about taking a handgun with me. I'd prefer to transport it in a lawful way that might provide some utility for self-defense, or I'd just keep it unloaded, cased and locked in the "default" manner federally approved for interstate transport.

    These are the notes I made from reading the document on car carry at HandGunLaw. Not being a lawyer, I'm seeking confirmation of a more practical nature on these matters:


    - Must inform officer of handgun in vehicle no matter how its transported?

    - Open, unconcealed, transport of loaded gun in plain view OK.

    - Otherwise must be unloaded and cased? Lock in a case, and out of reach, in a van?

    - In state parks, any different?

    Any advice or discussion will be appreciated.

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    New Orleans, LA
    This is straight from the book Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States:

    Loaded firearms may be carried in the passenger compartment in plain view or secured in gun cases that are unconcealed; trunk transport is also legitimate for loaded firearms

    You can checkout the book here:

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Manassas, Virginia
    Remember that in Va, you can openly carry a loaded pistol in your vehicle as long as it is in plain sight, as well as on your hip. Visit for more info on Open Carry.

  5. Lukem , not in Illinois, I'm from there, almost impossible to transport a gun in any manner, a magazine loaded with no firearm in the car will get you jailed in IL.

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