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Constitutional Carry Bill Proposed For Virginia


One Senator in Virginia wants law-abiding gun owners to be able to carry concealed without the need for a permit. It’s a fantastic idea, but how far could it actually go in Virginia — considering what just happened with their reciprocity changes that heated up all sorts of debates.

Senator Dick Black stated, “We want to restore the Second Amendment to what it was originally intended to be, which is the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Currently, Virginia is an open carry state. This means that any(legal)one can openly carry a firearm without the need for a permit.

Black feels that this proposed bill, the first of it’s kind for the state, could pass after a couple legislative sessions.


Those against the bill have spoken out about permitless concealed carry negating the current required training.

Certified firearms instructor Gary Widner is not entirely on-board with the proposed bill. “There’s so much liability with the use of a firearm and carrying a firearm that if you don’t have the proper training you’re going to wind up in a lot of trouble,” Widner, owner of Defensive Firearms Instruction in Bristol, Va., said.

Several states have already passed similar bills, yet we don’t hear of mass casualties as a result. And in line with training requirements, other states that still require permits to carry concealed, do not have anything in place that require an applicant to be involved in live-fire training.

In the end, I believe that we will be seeing more of this change happening across the Country in the coming years. The overall tone is changing, and it’s really about time for Constitutional Carry in as many states as possible.

Categories: General, Politics
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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Cisco

    I’m sure firearms instructors wouldn’t want to lose business. Everybody seems to have their own agenda.

  • Edward Gandolfi

    of course the firearms instructors are going to be against it.there loosing money.i dont hear about mass shootings or any b.s in vermont,kansas,maine,alaska, or arizona..virginia is an open carry state without a permit,whats the differance between the two,one you can see and one you my eyes no differance at all since when most people see open carriers they think its a cell phone case.

    • Petrie

      I live in a state (Alaska) where you can carry concealed without a permit. Yet, I don’t trust my military training enough to carry safely so I’m seeking out training to be aware of all the laws and safety before I carry mine concealed.

  • Gary Widner

    To clarify, this was a lengthy interview (well over 20 minutes) and they used one sound bite. The totality of what we actually said was that Virginia is a must issue state and that we certainly see the relevance of going through the process of a Concealed Handgun Permit to weed out felons and the mentally ill. Virginia CAN NOT deny a person a permit that qualifies for one. This certainly isn’t a slap at the second amendment that this story suggests. We are strong defenders of second amendment rights and long time members of the NRA. It’s unfortunate that this story was printed to make it appear contrary to those facts.