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Old 01-19-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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I need help interpreting the Va laws of transporting guns in a vehicle.

This might be a question related to many others but I'm in Va so that's where I'm posting the question.

What do you do to lock up your guns while transporting in a PU or SUV? The law states the guns must be locked in a separate compartment and ammo elsewhere. I want these replies to be crystal clear for everyone's benefit as it will likely apply to many others with similar laws.

Pistols/handguns: Unloaded of course - if you have a lockable glove box use it

Ammo/magazines (assume loaded): Are they safe within the cab of the vehicle if the weapon is locked up?

Long rifle: Unloaded of course - can it just lay on the floor?

Where would you have to carry the ammo for the rifle?

The law uses the phrase "securely wrapped" - what does that mean?
http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_ResidentConcealed.shtm#Permit_Not_Necessa ry


I don't have a cover on my truck so putting anything outside is subject to the weather conditions.

Similar issues will exist with a SUV where the may not be a compartment outside the vehicle other than under a floor/hatch either at the rear or possibly under the rear seat foot area.

I know I can ask some local LEO but I would like to know in advance to be prepared and I don't want to be in violation.



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Old 01-19-2014, 10:41 PM   #2
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http://www.oag.state.va.us/Opinions%20and%20Legal%20Resources/Opinions/2012opns/11-111%20Newman.pdf
http://www.shootingillustrated.com/mobile/blog.php?id=24120&cid=74


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I did find this too:
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-308


MisterMcCool - thank you.

...and it's no wonder we are all confused. I will have to re-read that several times to fully understand what KC has provided.

What strikes me funny is he speaks of it as "his opinion" not necessarily the law subject to interpretation.

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What strikes me funny is he speaks of it as "his opinion" not necessarily the law subject to interpretation.
That stood out to me also.
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