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Old 08-18-2017, 12:14 PM
 
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I am looking for advice on the Virginia open carry law while driving. I do not have a conceal carry permit. I travel a lot through the state and I'm wondering what is the best way to handle getting pulled over by the police with a firearm in the car.


When driving I have the unloaded firearm right behind me in the back seat in the case with the case open. My thought is if I'm pulled over then I can lower the back window and immediately let the police officer know I have an unloaded handgun in the backseat.


Thoughts if this is the proper way to handle the situation?
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Old 08-18-2017, 01:01 PM
 
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I am looking for advice on the Virginia open carry law while driving. I do not have a conceal carry permit. I travel a lot through the state and I'm wondering what is the best way to handle getting pulled over by the police with a firearm in the car.


When driving I have the unloaded firearm right behind me in the back seat in the case with the case open. My thought is if I'm pulled over then I can lower the back window and immediately let the police officer know I have an unloaded handgun in the backseat.


Thoughts if this is the proper way to handle the situation?
Why don't you just call the VA State police and ask them for the rules when transporting a firearm through the state. Do you just routinely carry a firearm in the back seat? What for?
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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Agree with calling the state police for the rules but why don't you just place the unloaded gun and its case in the trunk. If you really anticipate you will be stopped a stored/secured gun in its case would be looked at as one being transported not in standby to potentially create trouble.
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:11 PM
 
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You don't even have to call, the state police have a website that addresses your question:
Virginia State Police - Transporting Firearms through Virginia

To quote the section:
"As of July 1, 2010, a concealed handgun permit is not necessary when carrying a handgun while in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel. The term “secured” as used does not require the compartment to be locked. OAG opinion 11-111."

This would probably be far simpler to than attempting to demonstrate open carry with an unobstructed view. You must still be in legal possession and it would probably be a good idea to do the course, pay the fee, and get the permit for your state, or a nonresident permit if needed, so the state police can easily determine your legal status.
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