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If a PA resident makes a permanent move to VA, is there any type of handgun registration required for pistols/revolvers brought into the state?
Long guns are not a concern.

Also, I saw something about applying to a judge for a carry license/permit.

I know that we probably have some members here who have done both...I think there were some on that "other" forum(!)

Yes, I know I could look it up, but just thought I'd ask for personal experience.

No, I'm not moving, but a family member may be.
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I'm 99.9% sure the folks at Virginia Gun Owners Coalition have that information for you. If they don't try the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
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HiredGoon;30396 Wrote:If a PA resident makes a permanent move to VA, is there any type of handgun registration required for pistols/revolvers brought into the state?
Long guns are not a concern.

Also, I saw something about applying to a judge for a carry license/permit.

In VA, private sales of handguns and long guns DO NOT need to go through an FFL. So, I would have to assume that there is no need for any type of "registration" for either.

I know nothing about carry license/permits. Never been a resident of VA.
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HiredGoon;30396 Wrote:If a PA resident makes a permanent move to VA, is there any type of handgun registration required for pistols/revolvers brought into the state?
Long guns are not a concern.

Also, I saw something about applying to a judge for a carry license/permit.

I know that we probably have some members here who have done both...I think there were some on that "other" forum(!)

Yes, I know I could look it up, but just thought I'd ask for personal experience.

No, I'm not moving, but a family member may be.
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Handguns are not registered in VA.

Permits are issued by the Circuit Court of the resident's County.
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Ask Michele. She made that move recently.
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Warpt762x39;30505 Wrote:Ask Michele. She made that move recently.

Ah, yeah, I knew there was somebody who did.
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You bellowed?

HiredGoon;30396 Wrote:If a PA resident makes a permanent move to VA, is there any type of handgun registration required for pistols/revolvers brought into the state?
Long guns are not a concern.

Also, I saw something about applying to a judge for a carry license/permit.

I know that we probably have some members here who have done both...I think there were some on that "other" forum(!)

Yes, I know I could look it up, but just thought I'd ask for personal experience.

No, I'm not moving, but a family member may be.
Smile

Nope! No gun registration at all. You also don't need an FFL to transfer or sell a firearm. If you want a VA CHP and you're not a VA resident (non resident CHP), you go through the VA state police. You must have a license from your home state. Also here in VA, you don't need references being they use NICS and there is no photo.

Ask me how I know, go ahead, ask me! Hehehehe! Tongue

Here is what you do when you get down here.

First, you get your drivers license. Then you immediately, if not sooner, go to the county circuit (down here they call it circus court) courthouse and get the application. You fill it out, attach your "competency with a handgun" and pay your 50 bucks. No references required. Of course they tell you its going to be 45 days. I got my VA CHP (concealed handgun permit) in exactly 4 weeks.

Just to let you know, open carry is legal here in VA. Also a handgun is not considered concealed in a vehicle, so you don't need a CHP for that.

I've got a bit of a story about getting mine down here. I copy/pasted from my FB page. Happy reading!

Today is 3 weeks since I've dropped off my application for a resident VA CHP (LTCF).

In 2008, Randy (mtbkski on the forum) suggested to Tony F (TonyF on the forum) of the FIRE institute holding a handgun 101 class for couples. Being I wasn't in a couple situation, I took the class with my son James. Besides live fire, the class included field stripping, cleaning as well as clearing jams and stovepipes. Very very informative. The class went far beyond my expectations of a handgun 101 course. I even brought along my AR for some lunchtime fun for everyone. :~)))

Here in VA the requirements for a CHP (LTCF) are a bit different than those in PA. Here in VA, you don't need personal references however, you do need proof of competency with a handgun.

I picked up the application at the circuit court house and figured I was golden. After all, I did complete an accredited course.......right?

Oh, and I just want to add this: VA courthouses don't have lockers for handguns, they are not allowed on the premises, not at all, never. Neither are knives or cellphones allowed.

I fill out the short application an attach a copy of my FIRE institute letter explaining everything that was taught in the class including 5-6 hours of live fire on the range. I was pretty excited, my class at FIRE far exceeded the requirements necessary for a VA CHP. I was golden, yippee!

I go up to the woman who accepts the applications with all my info (application, DL, letter, 50 bucks).

She looks through the paperwork and says:

"Where is your competency with a handgun certificate?"

Um, right here.

"FIRE institute, where is that?"

Pittsburgh.

"Pittsburgh, is that Pennsylvania? (OMFG!!!) That isn't good here in VA."

Why isn't it good here? It far exceeds VA's requirements for the license.

"Its from a different state and your drivers license states that you got it yesterday. I don't think you have it long enough."

Ma'am, VA is a shall issue state and as long as I pass the background check........

"A what?"

Shall issue state.

"A what? What is that?"

Nevermind.

Ok, so now, I'm starting to get angry, trying desperately to hold tight my Brooklyn tongue. After all, I did swear on my application that I wasn't crazy. I also figured that if I let loose on this tight assed yahoo bitch, I'd never get a license. I decided to turn on the sarcastic charm.

Ma'am, the state of VA gives out non resident licenses to those that have a current valid license from their home state. There are many states which do not require a competency with a handgun certificate and VA will still issue a non resident license. VA is a shall issue state.

"Oh, that isn't us, that is the state police who issue non resident permits. You'll have to take that up with them."

Ok, now I'm getting heated. I can feel my carotid artery starting to throb. This twat has grated her stupidity on my last nerve! Breathe, Michele, breathe!

Ma'am, I could take a course in cyberspace for 20 bucks and get a printable certificate stating that I'm competent with a handgun. VA accepts an online course as valid as opposed to a live course by an accredited institution? Ma'am, taking an online course only proves I've got a VISA card and I'm pretty damn competent with a mouse.

Allot of blinking going on now.......... I thought about suggesting Visine.......then I thought, fuck her!

"We have 45 days to respond." So, really, when will I get mine? "Figure 3 - 3 1/2 weeks."
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An encounter I experienced when I first got down here to VA.

I haven't had any major issues open carrying here in Virginia. I did have a minor encounter with a statie in Wawa.

I went to grab a cup of coffee (I have a very severe addiction to Wawa coffee) and went up to the line. When I got to the register, the perky young lady asked me if there would be anything else. My reply "yeah, 2 packs of Marlboro Blue 100's please". Now, remember, I'm originally from NYC, and my speech is Brooklynese at its purest.

In my right ear, quietly, the statie says "I'm going to have to see your license for that firearm". My reply "sure, lets step outside". I didn't want to attract attention in the Wawa.

We step outside and I walk to my car. He gazes down at my front plate but says nothing. My front plate was a novelty plate of our flag with the words Molon Labe across it. I go into my wallet and hand him my LTCF. His eyes widen and he says "this is Pennsylvania" to which I reply, "yup, I'm from Pennsylvania".

He apologizes for detaining me, using the excuse that my speech pattern was NYC and how much trouble the mayor of NYC is giving the gun states. He stated that I was good here and I should enjoy my stay in Virginia. I wished him a good safe day.

As we parted, he tipped his hat which I thought was ultra classy, and gave me a MOLON LABE. All in all a good encounter.

The police I've met have been really awesome guys. All of them were 2A friendly and were okay with O/C, even in the City of Richmond. There are so many people down here that O/C, its not an issue and nobody notices.
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Michele;30730 Wrote:You bellowed?



Nope! No gun registration at all. You also don't need an FFL to transfer or sell a firearm. If you want a VA CHP and you're not a VA resident (non resident CHP), you go through the VA state police. You must have a license from your home state. Also here in VA, you don't need references being they use NICS and there is no photo.

Ask me how I know, go ahead, ask me! Hehehehe! Tongue

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Ma'am, the state of VA gives out non resident licenses to those that have a current valid license from their home state. There are many states which do not require a competency with a handgun certificate and VA will still issue a non resident license. VA is a shall issue state.

I don't recall seeing anywhere that a NR VA applicant must have a home state permit first?
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mrjam2jab;30824 Wrote:Ma'am, the state of VA gives out non resident licenses to those that have a current valid license from their home state. There are many states which do not require a competency with a handgun certificate and VA will still issue a non resident license. VA is a shall issue state.

mrjam2jab;30824 Wrote:I don't recall seeing anywhere that a NR VA applicant must have a home state permit first?

You didn't see it because its not a requirement. In fact, a VA non is so easy to get, more and more people are doing it.

Read what I posted again. It had to do with the "competency" issue, not a home state license issue.
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