How Can I Obtain a Firearm in the State of Virginia?

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How Can I Obtain a Firearm in the State of Virginia?

At Patzig Law, we have seen people wrongfully charged with gun-related offenses more frequently than we would like to. It is essential to understand the state of Virginia’s firearm purchasing and permit laws in order to be a responsible gun owner. If you have any questions on the process of obtaining a firearm, it is in your best interest to contact our experienced Virginia criminal defense attorneys today to learn more. Here are some questions you may have regarding firearm laws in Virginia:

How to get a firearm permit in Virginia?

In the state of Virginia, the sheriff’s office in a local county is in charge of processing residents’ permits. For non-residents permits, the state police department is in charge of processing firearm permits. Virginia does not issue a permit to purchase firearms in the state.

To get a gun permit in Virginia, you must not have a prohibition against the possession of firearms in the state, and you must be at least twenty-one years old.

The process to apply for a firearm license includes the following:

  • You must complete a firearm training application, which means you must enroll in a Virginia concealed carry permit class.
  • You can then download the application form online or by visiting the sheriff’s office to pick it up.
  • Apply by attaching all necessary documents, such as the training certificate. You will then mail it to the local court clerk or the sheriff’s office in your county of residence.
  • If you met all of the requirements in your application, you will receive an approval email.
  • You will receive a reminder mail for the renewal permit process notifying you about the application at least ninety days before your current permit expires.

How much does it cost to get a firearm permit in Virginia?

The cost for initial and renewal permit applications for the residents of Virginia is fifty dollars. Non-residents that are applying for gun licenses in the state of Virginia will have to pay one hundred dollars for initial permit applications. Additionally, if you were a retired law enforcement officer for at least fifteen years serving the state of Virginia, you can apply for a gun license at zero cost.

If you have questions regarding the process of acquiring a firearm, contact Patzig Law today. Our firm can help you ensure that you are properly navigating through each step.


Patzig Law is a dedicated Virginia law firm handling a variety of legal matters throughout the Commonwealth. We have significant experience in divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, child custody, and support. If you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney, our lawyers will fight to protect your rights in cases including DUIs, drug crimes, weapons offenses, fraud, theft, and much more. If you need a Chesapeake divorce lawyer to handle any of your family law matters, contact Patzig Law today.

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