According to news reports, Virginians are applying for concealed weapons permits at a rate 60% greater than the previous year.
Virginia is considered one of the most lenient states in the nation when it comes to gun laws, for both gun purchases and permits. Under Virginia law, you may apply for and be granted a license to carry a concealed handgun if you:
- Are 21 years old
- Have completed safety training
- Pass a criminal background check
- do not have any outstanding restraining orders
- do not have a drug abuse problem
Virginia is one of the few states that does not require a reason to get a concealed carry permit, and no judge can deny you a permit. For example, as mentioned in the article, even if you have been known to threaten a spouse or someone else, you cannot be denied a gun permit for that reason.
However, you may still be subject to criminal gun charges if you violate any of the above conditions in the future.