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A review of gun crime regulations in Virginia

Gun ownership is not unusual in Virginia, nor is it in the other 49 states of the nation. In fact, many Americans own guns to use for recreation, hunting and self-protection. In order for a person to legally own a gun there are a number of requirements that must be met. The failure to follow proper channels can result in a person facing serious gun crime charges.

For example, not all individuals are allowed to own guns. Individuals who have been convicted of felonies may not legally possess guns without facing consequences, and people who are the subjects of protective orders also may not possess guns. Individuals who lack mental fortitude may be denied the right to own guns and individuals who are not legally in the country are prohibited from owning firearms.

Not all types of guns are legal in the state. Shotguns and rifles that have been modified through the removal of their barrels, also known as sawed-off shotguns, are illegal and so too are machine guns. A person who is found to be in possession of a gun while on or near the grounds of a school can face felony charges for their actions.

Many people are able to legally purchase and use their guns for permissible uses. There are even methods that individuals may utilize in order to carry the guns while out in public. However, gun ownership is a highly regulated activity and the failure of a person to abide by the state and federal laws governing permissible gun ownership and use may result in their arrest on serious gun crime charges.

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