Virginia law does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm (although the federal law applies). Virginia law also does not require firearm owners to lock their weapons, although it is unlawful for any person to recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14.1 State administrative regulations may also govern the secure control of firearms in certain locations.

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  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-56.2. ⤴︎