Virginia has weak gun laws overall, earning a D in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Virginia does, however, prohibit individuals subject to final domestic violence restraining or protective orders from possessing firearms and require gun dealer employees to be subject to a background check. In 2017, Virginia had the 19th-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns to other states at the 12th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Virginia legislators could require a background check and waiting period before all gun purchases, enact an extreme risk protection law, and increase funding for community violence intervention programs.

  • Uses state databases in addition to federal databases for background checks

  • Mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • Gun dealer employee background checks

  • Gun show regulation

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • 50 caliber rifle and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Waiting period