59 News special report: Breaking down gun laws in the two Virginias

59 News special report: Breaking down gun laws in the two Virginias

FILE – In this April 14, 2018 file photo, a man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally in Austin, Texas. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter and Uber asked Congress to pass a bill to require background checks on all […] TAZEWELL, VA (WVNS) – People typically choose to personally own handguns for protection. One of the first things Major Mike Shawver with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office tells residents of Southwest Virginia who take his conceal and carry class is that is their right. “It is certainly your right and also your responsibility to protect yourself and your family,” Maj. Shawver said. Since 2012, Maj. Shawver and his colleages have taught more than 2,000 residents of Tazewell County. “We go over the gun laws in Virginia in very deep detail during our classes, so they leave there with a good knowledge of what they can and cannot do,” Maj. Shawver said. While open carry of a handgun without a permit is legal in Virginia if your 18 or older, to conceal and carry you need a Concealed Handgun Permit, which can be earned online or in classes like Major Shawver’s. In terms of reciprocity, Virginia honors all out-of-state concealed carry permits. “Virginia is not a constitutional carry state like West Virginia,” Maj. Shawver explained. “So Virginia requires that a person becomes trained in the use of a firearm before they can actually carry […]

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