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Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 18:33:57
by DW44VH
Hello, everyone.

Where would one locate the state approved list of handguns?

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 18:59:11
by Jakeiscrazy
There is no such list. All handguns that are legal to own in the United States are legal to own in Virginia.

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PostPosted: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:06:53
by DW44VH
Thank You for the reply.

So there is no limit on cartridge capacity?
No requirements for DA trigger pull weight?

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PostPosted: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:27:31
by OakRidgeStars
18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty.

It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, or any person having a valid concealed handgun permit or to any person actually engaged in lawful hunting or lawful recreational shooting activities at an established shooting range or shooting contest. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The exemptions set forth in 18.2-308 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the provisions of this section.

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 20:10:31
by allingeneral
No limit to capacity except in the localities specifically mentioned above, and that limit goes away if you have a CHP.

Trigger pull weight? Where are you coming from that has a restriction on trigger pull weight? I have to guess California?

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 08:19:52
by AlanM
allingeneral wrote:No limit to capacity except in the localities specifically mentioned above, and that limit goes away if you have a CHP.

Trigger pull weight? Where are you coming from that has a restriction on trigger pull weight? I have to guess California?


The NRA has a minimum trigger pull force limit listed in the rules for some of their competitions and/or qualifications.
I think it's 2 lbf. But I could be wrong.
If I get time later I'll try to find a citation on the NRA site and then edit this post.

EDIT: OK, that was quick. :first:
NRA Conventional Pistol Rules has "trigger pull" mentioned ten times.
The minimum trigger pull force values are different for different situations and gun types.
2 lbf min. for revolvers and 3.5 lbf for .45 cal semi-autos caught my eye. There are other values mentioned.

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 08:44:36
by AlanM
Anybody that wishes to follow up on NRA trigger pull minimums can read through the results on this page :
http://www.nrahq.org/search/default.asp?request=minimum+trigger+pull&Submit.x=7&Submit.y=8&cmd=search&index=1&stemming=Yes&maxFiles=10&sort=Hits

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:23:46
by jrswanson1
And in 30 days, you can apply for a concealed carry permit. Welcome to the South!

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:32:17
by rromeo
Sounds like a Masshole. A couple states make California appear gun friendly, and Massachusets is one.

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PostPosted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 11:07:10
by jdonovan
DW44VH wrote:Where would one locate the state approved list of handguns?


You'd have to move to a place that craps on your rights first... DC is just a few hours up the road. :hysterical:

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:34:49
by HighExpert
NRA Bullseye limit centerfire/.45acp to no less than 3.5lbs and .22 to no less than 2.5lbs. This is for competition purposes.

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Sat, 09 Mar 2013 13:47:49
by gunderwood
As others have noted, there is no list in VA. That "consumer safety" nonsense is just another way to regulate firearms and make them more nanny-state acceptable. They're potentially dangerous objects just like many other tools, so they carry warning labels (which in of itself is kind of absurd, but lawyers...). It's not like we've had a rash of firearm products that are blowing up and causing injury to their operators; that's relatively rare. The products are in general performing as they were intended too and as the consumers bought them for.

There are some minor restrictions on what you can carry, but not ownership. As other have noted, those restrictions go away with a CHP.

Of course competitions have various rules and regulations.

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PostPosted: Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:00:42
by Geezer
DW44VH wrote:Hello, everyone.

Where would one locate the state approved list of handguns?


Just do a search on northeastshooters.com Thought I was having a deja vue moment. Noobs were always asking this when I was a masshole. :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat, 09 Mar 2013 22:46:58
by ProShooter
jrswanson1 wrote:And in 30 days, you can apply for a concealed carry permit. Welcome to the South!


There is no 30 day wait in Va. You can apply for a permit on day 1 of being a resident.

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PostPosted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:09:33
by jasonallen127
ProShooter wrote:
jrswanson1 wrote:And in 30 days, you can apply for a concealed carry permit. Welcome to the South!


There is no 30 day wait in Va. You can apply for a permit on day 1 of being a resident.


jrswanson1 might be referring to the fact that both your primary and secondary IDs for buying a firearm and applying for a concealed carry permit must have your current address, matching address, and be at least 30 days from the date of issue.

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PostPosted: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:49:43
by TBob
DW44VH wrote:Hello, everyone.

Where would one locate the state approved list of handguns?


Welcome to the Free Commonwealth of VA. Others have answered you basic question. VA is an open carry state (no permit required) as well as a must-issue concealed carry state. A friend of mine who is relatively new to VA bought a new pistol last year. He asked the seller how he was permitted to transport it home - locked in the trunk, etc. The seller correctly replied that this is VA and that he could sit the pistol on his dashboard loaded if my friend wanted to do so. :clap: (Of course, not recommended for safety reasons - the pistol could hit you in the head if someone hit your vehicle from behind.)

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PostPosted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:17:34
by DW44VH
Thanks for all the responses.

Glad to be here in Virginia.

Re: Attorney General approved handguns

PostPosted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:39:50
by ProShooter
jasonallen127 wrote:
ProShooter wrote:
jrswanson1 wrote:And in 30 days, you can apply for a concealed carry permit. Welcome to the South!


There is no 30 day wait in Va. You can apply for a permit on day 1 of being a resident.


jrswanson1 might be referring to the fact that both your primary and secondary IDs for buying a firearm and applying for a concealed carry permit must have your current address, matching address, and be at least 30 days from the date of issue.


There is no sch requirement that pertains to the CHP. All that is required is that you are a resident.

If you move here, sign a rental agreement, buy a house, etc. and claim that as your residence, you do not need any ID that says you've lived there for 30 days. You just need to prove that you live there, and you are who you say that you are.

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PostPosted: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:26:46
by snatale42
rromeo wrote:Sounds like a Masshole. A couple states make California appear gun friendly, and Massachusets is one.

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Are you out of your mind? I'm from MA and it's FAR from CA,NY,NJ or MD with their gun laws. I wouldn't exactly call it gun friendly but at least there all you have to do is not move to an anti town, get your permit and your pretty much good to go. Yes there's still an AWB but pre-bans and pins take care of 90% of that hassle.

OK... There's the MA trigger thing, but it's not illegal to "fix" it.

MOST Towns are shall issue by practice
Can still have pistol grips unlike CA
Can have high cap mags (ya ya pre ban)
No Wating periods (CA)
Open Carry is Legal (most don't)
FTF Sales Legal
Signs have no force of law
Has Castle Doctrine

and surprisingly more Gun shops and ranges than central VA!

Again, NOT saying MA has good gun laws, because they don't. But by FAR their the best of the anti states.

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PostPosted: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:24:39
by Stratojaxter
snatale42 wrote:
rromeo wrote:Sounds like a Masshole. A couple states make California appear gun friendly, and Massachusets is one.

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Are you out of your mind? I'm from MA and it's FAR from CA,NY,NJ or MD with their gun laws. I wouldn't exactly call it gun friendly but at least there all you have to do is not move to an anti town, get your permit and your pretty much good to go. Yes there's still an AWB but pre-bans and pins take care of 90% of that hassle.

OK... There's the MA trigger thing, but it's not illegal to "fix" it.

MOST Towns are shall issue by practice
Can still have pistol grips unlike CA
Can have high cap mags (ya ya pre ban)
No Wating periods (CA)
Open Carry is Legal (most don't)
FTF Sales Legal
Signs have no force of law
Has Castle Doctrine

and surprisingly more Gun shops and ranges than central VA!

Again, NOT saying MA has good gun laws, because they don't. But by FAR their the best of the anti states.


This is like debating who's dead horse is the deadest :roll: