Understanding the Virginia Concealed Carry Weapon Law

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Course Information

Time 90 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional

Course Description

As a general rule, citizens of the State of Virginia are permitted to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm, as long as the firearm is not hidden from plain sight. Carrying a concealed weapon, however, is generally prohibited. In this program, Stefan Tahmassebi, Deputy General Counsel of the National Rifle Association of America, will help attorneys understand Virginia’s Concealed Carry Weapon Law, which is set forth in VA Code 18.2-308.  

This informative presentation begins with a general overview of Virginia’s constitutional right to bear arms before delving into the specifics of the Virginia statute and case law that govern concealed carry weapons. Mr. Tahmassebi explains what firearms are protected, examines the definitions of “firearm” and “carrying,” and explores a number of statutory exceptions to the law. In addition, he discusses the application process for obtaining a concealed weapon permit, the appeals process for a denial. Mr. Tahmassebi also advises about restrictions placed on possessing and/or carrying firearms, including restrictions that apply while in possession of a concealed carry permit. This program will benefit Virginia attorneys who want to learn everything they need to know about this important and complicated statute.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the Virginia state constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  2. Recognize the difference between open carrying and concealed carrying and the prohibition on concealed carrying under Virginia law
  3. Advise clients on the application process to obtain a concealed carry permit, the process to appeal a denial, the parameters of the concealed carry permit, and its legal effects (including disqualification and restrictions)
  4. Define “firearms-prohibited” places in Virginia
  5. Identify the other Virginia statutes that restrict or regulate the carrying of firearms in Virginia 

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Stefan Tahmassebi

National Rifle Association

Stefan B. Tahmassebi has been working as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the NRA for over 21 years, including the last 11 years as its Deputy General Counsel. His areas of practice include employment, corporate, commercial, commercial real estate, sales & use tax, insurance, constitutional, trust & estates, civil rights law, including litigation and appellate work. Prior to that, Mr. Tahmassebi worked as an associate in the Washington D.C. and Virginia offices of Jawad George & Associates, where his practice areas included employment, corporate, commercial, commercial real estate and personal injury law, including litigation.

Mr. Tahmassebi has authored numerous published writings, including, but not limited to: “Gun Control and Racism,” 2:1 George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal 67 (Summer 1991); “The Bill of Rights and the States,” American Rifleman (March 1991); “Shooting in Self Defense,” American Guardian (August 1997); “The Bill of Rights and the States,” American Guardian (May 1999); “The Second Amendment and the United States Supreme Court,” American Guardian (May 2000); “Organizational and Legal Considerations,” NRA Club Officers’ Guide (National Rifle Association of America 2001); “The Facts About Incorporation,” NRA Club Connection (January 2001); “How the Tax Code May Affect Your Club,” NRA Club Connection (May 2001); “The Second Amendment Protects Private Gun Ownership,” Gun Violence: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven Press, Inc.: 2002); “The Virginia Concealed Carry Weapon Law,” Nuts and Bolts Firearms Law for the General Practitioner(March 2003); “The Virginia Concealed Carry Weapon Law,” Firearms Law for the General Practitioner(March 27, 2004); “The Virginia Concealed Carry Weapon Law,” Firearms Law for the General Practitioner (April 1, 2005); “Shooting in Self Defense,” Women’s Outlook (July 2005); “The United States Supreme Court and the Second Amendment,” The Right to Bear Arms? (The Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, December 7, 2006); “U.S. Supreme Court Jurisprudence,” 2007 National Firearms Law Seminar (April 13, 2007); “Gun Control and Racism,” 2008 National Firearms Law Seminar (May 16, 2008); “A Short Summary of the Sarbanes Oxley Act,” NRA Club Connection (May 2008).

Mr. Tahmassebi has made numerous appearances as a speaker, presenter and debater at legal seminars, law schools, bar association events and political events. Mr. Tahmassebi has also appeared as a speaker in various other media formats and he appears weekly as guest legal analyst on Sirius Satellite Radio, Patriot Channel 144.