The Law Can Be A Deciding Factor In Virginia For Choosing Your Ammunition For Self Defense
When you begin your research in Virginia on choosing the right ammunition for your particular needs one factor that must always be taken into consideration is the Law, and it is one facotr that many either take for granted or don't think about, and that is the ammunition laws in Virginia.
There are several states that limit the type of ammo that someone can carry, as an example Illinois will not allow even their own law-enforcement officers to carry hollow point ammunition. It is recommended at the beginning of your research in Virginia that you find out first if there are any such restrictions in your state and if so what ammunition is going to be excluded from your research.
As a side note; remember you may have ammo in your gun that is completely legal in your state but if you plan to carry your firearm using the reciprocity laws with other states you and your gun may be legal yet you're ammunition not be.
There are documented incidents where individuals have carried their firearm across state lines and had all the proper permits yet did not realize that the ammo in their gun was illegal in an adjoining state, and they were arrested!
Know the law in Virginia before you start the research, it's a great starting point.
Concealed Carry Ammunition for Self-Defense, In Virginia
Choosing the right Amm0 in Virginia for your self-defense needs is critical. Although there are some very good quality foreign made ammunition they are becoming hard to find and they in our opinion don’t quite measure up to the American manufactures overall quality. If your stick with the some of the top names like Federal, Cor-Bon, Hornady, Remington, Winchester, Speer, or CCI ammunition you will have excellent results. If you don’t recognize the name then use that ammo for practice. Most ammunition manufacturers are now producing product that are specifically designed for Self-Defense requirements.
Self-Defence Ammunition Can Be Regulared By Law In Virginia
Ammunition in Virginia desigend specifically for Self-Defense in a handgun has had some significant technological advances, most notably the newest generation of high performance ammunition deliver terminal ballistics until recent years were simply technically inconceivable.
The recent advancement in handgun ammo for Self-Defense capability in Virginia was partially in response to a direct need to meet or exceed the new very stringent F.B.I. barrier penetration requirements. The latest ammo from the major U.S. manufacturers required over ten years of experimenting before offering the premium quality products that are now available. Most notable is that all of the latest and most advanced Ammunition for Self-Defense is of the “hollow-point” design. US Precision Defense maintains an excellent research database on Ammunition for Self-Defense.
Article 1, Section 13 of the Virginia State Constitutional Provision States: “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”
Virginia law does not require an individual to notify an officer that they have a Concealed Carry permit. However, Section 18.2-308.01, of the Code of Virginia, requires that to be in possession of the permit whenever one is carrying a concealed handgun and to display the permit and a government-issued photo-identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer.
Open carry is permitted with the exception of "assault weapons" and shotguns with a 7+ round magazine in the cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, and Virginia Beach and in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William. These restrictions do not apply to valid concealed carry permit holders. For open carry in a vehicle, the firearm must be clearly visible.
Virginia has a “shall-issue” permitting system for residents who want to carry concealed firearms in public. This means that law enforcement officials must issue a permit to any resident who meets a basic set of requirements. The permit is good for five years, after which time it must be renewed.
Virginia law allows anyone who is 18 years old, and who may legally own a firearm to carry it openly. Virginians who are 21 or older and who qualify may obtain permits to carry a concealed weapon.
In Virginia, firearms can be carried openly on campus, with or without a permit, but an institution can prohibit open carrying in its buildings and dormitories.
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Virginia Resident Concealed Handgun Permits are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. In Virginia, as in many states, carrying a concealed weapon requires a permit, yet no permit is required to simply carry a gun in the open, a right reinforced by a state law that took effect July 1 2013. Be careful though, it is not so in the District and Maryland, unless you're a police or federal officer.
In general, one may openly carry a sidearm in plain sight in Virginia. The restrictions to openly carrying are divided into two broad categories, locations where one may not carry and persons who are not permitted to possess and/or transport a firearm.
Locations where firearms may not be carried include: Federal facilities, Federal agency lands, National Forests except where hunting is permitted, General Assembly buildings, Hog Island Wildlife Management Area, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Courthouses, Detention Facilities, K-12 school grounds, K-12 school buses, Property used exclusively for K-12 school sponsored functions, Air carrier airport terminals, Places of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held without good and sufficient reason.
The Second Amendment unequivocally protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, both for their own self-protection and for defense against the tyranny of an autocratic central government.
In Virginia there are at least six (6) firearms or firearm related companies in the state and they include: Accuracy International Of North America, F M F Atlantic Engineering Corp, Hawk Hill Custom, K&H Arms, Kriss Arms, and Richard's Custom Rifles.
Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales.
The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period, and when adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011.