Virginia is one of a few states that currently have a law on the books preventing the carrying of concealed weapons in places that serve alcohol. All of that may change in the near future as the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have voted to overturn this ban. All that remains needed is the governor’s signature.
The current ban applies to people who are permitted to conceal a weapon on their person. Supporters of the change in the law state that these people are law abiding and responsible and shouldn’t have to restrict their activities when they have their weapons on them. By overturning the ban, supporters believe crime may be reduced.
There are often stories in the news about gun rights and restrictions. It’s a touchy issue simply because although the 2nd Amendment guarantees our right to bear arms, the States withhold the right to regulate that. This is why each state has numerous weapons laws and regulations, all done in the interest of public safety.
Under the new law, people with permits to carry concealed weapons would not be restricted from businesses unless the business elected to set their own rules. There would no longer be a state ban on carrying a weapon into a bar, for instance, or a restaurant where alcohol is served.
This doesn’t mean anyone can carry a concealed weapon. Like all other gun laws, there are steps that must be taken in order to get a permit. If caught with a concealed weapon and without a permit, you can face criminal charges. While the first offense is a misdemeanor, that charge is elevated to a felony for any subsequent incidences.
There are numbers opportunities for criminal charges involving weapons. I discuss a few of them here on the weapons page. Whether you are charged with one of these offenses or another weapons charge, we can help.
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