Carrying a Weapon or Firearm in an Airport Terminal in Virginia is a Misdemeanor Offense

Virginia law makes it unlawful to carry firearms or weapons into a Virginia airport terminal. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense that is punished by up to one year in jail, up to a $2,500 fine, and a mandatory seizure and government disposal of your firearm upon conviction. See Va. Code § 18.2-287.01.

It is against Virginia law to possess or transport into any air carrier airport terminal any:

(i) gun or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind,

(ii) frame, receiver, muffler, silencer, missile, projectile or ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon, and

(iii) any other dangerous weapon, including explosives, stun weapons as defined in § 18.2-308.1, and those weapons specified in subsection A of § 18.2-308.

Your firearm or weapon in violation of this law will be seized immediately upon discovery by law enforcement.

This is a strict liability offense, which means your state of mind and your intent are not considered for purposes of conviction.



Exceptions to the Law

You are permitted by Virginia law to transport a lawful firearm, weapon, or ammunition into or out of an air carrier airport terminal for the sole purposes of:

(i) presenting such firearm, weapon, or ammunition to U.S. Customs agents in advance of an international flight, in order to comply with federal law,

(ii) checking such firearm, weapon, or ammunition with his luggage, and,

(iii) retrieving such firearm, weapon, or ammunition from the baggage claim area.


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