One of the wonderful things about our country is the fact that each state has the ability to enact and enforce its own laws. Unfortunately, this also means that even similar laws may not be completely the same from state to state. As you can imagine, this can create major problems for travelers who are not aware of these differences when they cross state lines.
Take for example Virginia's conceal and carry laws. A majority of people who live outside of our state may not know that last year Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced that Virginia would no longer recognize conceal and carry permits from other states. Now, as the law stands, visitors must secure the proper five-year permit through the Virginia State Police to carry a concealed firearm in our state. Failing to do so could lead to a Class 1 misdemeanor for violation of § 18.2-308 of the Virginia Code.
The last thing a visitor to our state should have to worry about while on vacation or a business trip is finding themselves facing a serious weapons charge because they failed to abide by our state law. In many cases, a visitor may not even be aware there is an issue until they are being accused of a crime. Making matters worse, their unfamiliarity with the area may leave them in search of legal representation but they may not know where to turn.
While many of today's readers may live here in Virginia Beach or elsewhere in the state, we understand that some of our readers may be from out of state and are looking for legal help with a conceal and carry permit violation. If this is the case, then we'd like to point out that we fully understand Virginia gun laws and have experience handling weapons crime cases.