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Virginia’s Open Carry Law. What You Should Know

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Understanding Gun Laws Is of Paramount Importance

The right to bear arms is one of the tenets on which our country was founded. Long ago our founding fathers recognized the importance of individuals’ being able to defend themselves, their families, and their property. Today, in Virginia, we still have this right, although there are regulations that must be observed.

Violating the laws that govern gun ownership and open carry in the state of Virginia is serious.

Penalties can be severe and may impact you for the rest of your life. That said, it is easy to see why understanding our state’s gun laws, particularly those regarding open carry, is important. Responsible gun ownership is a protected right.

Attorney Cody Villalon strongly believes that we all have the right to protect ourselves. But he also recognizes that sometimes even responsible gun owners make mistakes. When this happens, he knows how to build strong defenses to protect his clients and their futures. His firm was founded on the importance of providing everyone with high quality defense services when they need them. He is committed to protecting the rights of those in and around Richmond.

If you have been accused of violating Virginia’s gun laws, even the open carry laws which have recently changed, contact Mr. Villalon at 804.316.0765 to schedule a free consultation.

Cody Villalon Knows How to Handle Violations of Gun Ownership Laws

His Commitment Matters

If you have been charged with violating the open carry laws of Virginia, you need the legal assistance of a criminal defense attorney who has the commitment, experience, and knowledge necessary to protect you and your rights going forward. Cody Villalon’s dedication to providing his clients with hands-on, quality legal service is unmatched.

In fact, he personally represents each of his clients.

When you engage Cody Villalon, Cody Villalon works with you.  Your case will never be assigned to an attorney with less experience or a paralegal.

In addition to receiving defense services directly from a dedicated and experienced professional, other reasons Cody Villalon is often the first call many make when facing gun charges include:

  • His deep understanding of gun ownership and usage laws in Virginia; Mr. Villalon makes it a priority to stay abreast of changes in the laws.
  • Extensive experience providing criminal defense services.
  • Compassionate approach to client service. He knows that facing gun charges does not make someone a bad person.
  • Firsthand experience in the local legal system that results in working relationships with area judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys.
  • Outstanding reputation for successfully protecting his clients’ rights and futures.
  • Dedication to the local community.

Mr. Villalon takes his job seriously. When he assumes responsibility for your case, he adopts your goals as his own and fights tirelessly in defense of them.

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How We Defend Gun Charges

Perhaps the most important understanding Mr. Villalon has is that each and every case is unique. While similarities may exist, he is well-aware that the circumstances surrounding the charges against you are specific to you and you alone. He makes it a priority to focus on the details of your situation as they can have a very real impact on the outcome of your case.

As your criminal defense attorney, Cody Villalon will fully investigate the charges against you. He will review all available evidence including the police reports and will personally interview any witnesses in order to gain a complete understanding of your situation.  Of paramount importance in this investigation is determining whether your rights were violated at any time. If the police or prosecutors made any errors, he will identify them.

Additionally, Mr. Villalon will assume responsibility for all administrative tasks associated with your case, not limited to completing and filing all forms in a timely fashion. He understands how confusing situations like this can be and is always available to address your concerns and answer your questions. Your emotional well-being is important to him.

Finally, he will negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf, develop a strong defense and, if necessary, represent you in court. Mr. Villalon is a skilled negotiator and aggressive litigator; he will put all his skills to work for you.

Gun charges are serious; successfully defending them requires both knowledge of the laws and experience in similar situations. Don’t make the mistake of representing yourself. There is a lot at stake. Let Cody Villalon do what he does best – that is, provide personal, high-quality legal defense services.

Gun Laws in Virginia Can Be Complicated

Cody Villalon Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

Owning a firearm in Virginia is both a right and privilege. Those choosing to take advantage of this right must abide by the laws set forth by the state. As you may have recognized, the laws governing this right are incredibly complex; nuances play a major role. Below Cody Villalon has answered some of the questions he hears most often with regard to firearm ownership in the state.

Do I need a permit and must I register my firearm for open carry?

In most cases the answer is no, as long as the gun you own is either a handgun or a long gun with a magazine of 20 rounds or less.  The exception is assault weapons for which a federal permit is necessary for open carry.

Are criminal background checks required for the purchase of a gun?

Yes, the state requires that all sellers, both public and private, conduct a criminal background check prior to selling a firearm.

Can I open carry my weapon on school property?

No, Virginia does not allow for open carry on school property. It is also prohibited in courthouses, airports, and places of worship, among others.

If I want to conceal carry, do I need a permit?

Yes, you need a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Cody Villalon is happy to answer more specific questions for you. Simply contact his office and schedule a free consultation.

Gun Owners Must Abide By Virginia Gun Laws

Understanding Restrictions

While open carry without a permit is legal in Virginia, gun owners are still required to act responsibly. Consider some of the laws which those who possess firearms must follow:

  • You cannot discharge your firearm in a public location or inside of a building.
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, you cannot own a gun.
  • You cannot discharge your gun in a motor vehicle.
  • You cannot possess a gun and a controlled substance at the same time.
  • You must be 21 years of age to be eligible to open carry. (Those under the age of 21 can possess a gun on their own property or the property of their legal guardian or their grandparents. Additionally, if they are on private property with permission from both their parents and the property’s owner, possession is permitted.)

Disregarding the laws above can result in felony charges. If convicted, you may face costly fines and even jail time, depending upon the seriousness of the crime. That said, it is important to realize that even seemingly minor gun charges like possession can have a significant impact on your life. Those facing firearms charges should immediately engage a seasoned Virginia criminal defense attorney to help protect their rights and their future.

Quality Representation Is an Investment in Your Future

Cody Villalon Knows How to Defend Open Carry Violations

While open carry laws in Virginia provide a great deal of leeway, issues do arise. If you find yourself facing charges for violating these regulations, you need experienced legal representation.

Cody Villalon knows how to build successful gun charge defenses.

The strategy he takes will be guided by the specifics of your case and the interpretation of the law. In some cases, law enforcement error will be at the heart of the defense. Everyone makes mistakes. While the police in Richmond are well-intentioned, they are not infallible. Mr. Villalon will look at all the evidence when determining the best defense strategy for you.

Reach Out for Assistance Today

When facing criminal charges of any kind, including those related to open carry possession, time is a valuable asset. Let Cody Villalon leverage it on your case and contact him immediately.

Mr. Villalon has built his career providing a defense to those in and around Richmond. He is proud of the work he does and the reputation he has earned as a fair and committed criminal defense attorney.

If you are facing gun charges, you need help. Contact Mr. Villalon today at 804-316-0765 to schedule a free consultation during which he can learn more about your case and you can gain an understanding about how he will defend you.

Attorney Cody Villalon Richmond, VA


Cody Villalon is a criminal defense attorney in Richmond, VA representing clients accused of violent offenses and DUIs, and he specializes in serious criminal charges. He possesses more than 10 years of legal experience, has defended more than 1,000 cases, and has spent more than 5,000 hours in court. He is highly professional and well-respected by prosecutors and judges. [ Attorney Bio ]


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