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Virginia: Attorney General Issues Opinion on Carry Statute!

Monday, April 11, 2011

On April 8, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an advisory opinion in response to Delegate Mark Cole’s (R-88) request as to whether it is permissible for a citizen to carry his firearm into a place of worship for personal safety purposes and whether a church may ban weapons on its property under §18.2-283.   This statute requires a “good and sufficient reason for carrying a firearm into a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place.”

In Opinion #11-043, Attorney General Cuccinelli found that “carrying a weapon for personal protection constitutes a good and sufficient reason under the statute to carry a weapon into a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held there and it is further my opinion that places of worship can restrict or ban firearms from their premises.”

Please click here to view the opinion.

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