See our Disarming Prohibited People policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Virginia has no law requiring the removal of firearms from, or the surrender of firearms by, persons who have become prohibited from possessing them, although a 2016 makes an allowance for the surrender of firearms by a person who has become subject to a final protective order. See Domestic Violence and Firearms in Virginia for further information.

However, a concealed weapon permittee convicted of an offense that would disqualify that person from obtaining a permit is required to forfeit his permit (but not his firearm) and surrender it to the court that issued it.1 Upon receipt by the Central Criminal Records Exchange of a record of the arrest, conviction or occurrence of any other event that would disqualify a person from obtaining a concealed handgun permit, the Central Criminal Records Exchange must notify the court that issued the permit of the disqualifying arrest, conviction or other event. Upon receipt of such notice of a conviction, the court must revoke the permit and promptly notify the State Police and the person whose permit was revoked of the revocation.2 Notably, many of the events that disqualify an individual from obtaining a concealed weapons permit also disqualify the individual from possessing firearms altogether.

In addition, a concealed weapon permittee who is the subject of a domestic violence protective order must surrender his or her permit to the court entering the order, for the duration of the order.3

  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-308(J). ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎
  3. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-308.1:4. ⤴︎