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Virginian gun laws: Common sense restrictions for safety

Every state has its own relationship with guns. Some states have loose gun control laws, while others are strict and barely allow sales. Virginia has fairly middle-of-the-line laws that have common-sense restrictions.

Virginian law does restrict who can own a gun, and it makes certain firearms illegal. Using or carrying guns on or near school grounds is illegal and an offense punishable with a felony.

Which firearms are illegal in Virginia?

Virginia has made sawed-off shotguns and rifles illegal in the state because of the dangers they pose. Additionally, silencers are not allowed in the state. Machine guns, semi-automatic or automatic, are also illegal within the state.

Are there any people who may not possess firearms in Virginia?

Yes, there are. Convicted felons, for example, may not possess firearms within Virginia. For those who would like to get their gun rights back, they must have their records expunged or go through other programs to receive a waiver.

Those who are subject to a protective order may not possess a firearm. This is a law that aims to protect those in domestic violence-related situations.

Minors may not have handguns, but some may be able to use rifles or shotguns. For example, if you are an avid hunter and take your child with you, he or she may have a right to learn to shoot.

Aliens, legal or not, are not allowed to possess firearms in Virginia, nor are those who have been acquitted of crimes for insanity or been found legally incompetent or mentally incapacitated.

What do you do if you're accused of a gun crime?

If you're accused of a gun crime, you need to know your rights and to research the law you violated. There are defenses to every situation, and you'll want to develop a strong one to protect yourself and your right to a firearm.

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