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Virginia Firearm Laws
Virginia has strict criminal laws on the improper handling and discharge of firearms. Often these laws are complicated and can be hard to understand and it is in your best interest to speak with one our experienced weapons offense lawyers to know what are elements of the alleged crime and to allow for maximum protection of your rights.
Handling of a Firearm
One who handles a firearm recklessly so to endanger property or life can be charged with this class 1 criminal misdemeanor.
Discharge of a Firearm
Most discharge crimes are classified as Felonies, which carry serious penalties if convicted. Normally, firing of a gun can be classified as either unlawful shooting or malicious shooting, which is a more serious crime. The criminal laws can vary depending on whether the shooting of the weapon was done in or towards buildings or in vehicles.