Where To And Not To Carry Question

Where To And Not To Carry Question

This is a discussion on Where To And Not To Carry Question within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am honestly very confused as to the laws regarding carrying a concealed weapon in an establishment that serves alcohol (Virginia). I have tried reading ...

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    Where To And Not To Carry Question

    I am honestly very confused as to the laws regarding carrying a concealed weapon in an establishment that serves alcohol (Virginia). I have tried reading the Virginia State laws as to where it is prohibited but I can't seem to understand where exactly it applies to. A bar is an establishment meant to specifically sell alcohol so therefore it would be illegal. Now what about a grocery store such as Wegmans, Safeway, and Walmart? Where do they fall under? Wegmans sells alcohol and also offers samples of wine. They also have a small cafe area where wine can be ordered. Today I CC'd my pistol in and nothing was said. Maybe I got away with it. Is that legal? My understanding is that a place where it is solely meant to serve and consume alcohol would be illegal to carry inside.

    To add to that, I went shopping at Ikea and on the entrance door it said it is a weapons free zone. I still carried inside and found no hassle. Now to my understanding their sign holds no legal precedence and can only be enforced by asking me to leave. And if I refuse only then can I be breaking any laws. Is this correct? I also carried in a local mall where I heard it is not allowed yet I wasn't confronted. Any thoughts?

    For me these laws are somewhat hard to understand and a "dumb downed" version would be great.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JW_XD40 View Post
    I am honestly very confused as to the laws regarding carrying a concealed weapon in an establishment that serves alcohol (Virginia). I have tried reading the Virginia State laws as to where it is prohibited but I can't seem to understand where exactly it applies to. A bar is an establishment meant to specifically sell alcohol so therefore it would be illegal. Now what about a grocery store such as Wegmans, Safeway, and Walmart? Where do they fall under? Wegmans sells alcohol and also offers samples of wine. They also have a small cafe area where wine can be ordered. Today I CC'd my pistol in and nothing was said. Maybe I got away with it. Is that legal? My understanding is that a place where it is solely meant to serve and consume alcohol would be illegal to carry inside.

    To add to that, I went shopping at Ikea and on the entrance door it said it is a weapons free zone. I still carried inside and found no hassle. Now to my understanding their sign holds no legal precedence and can only be enforced by asking me to leave. And if I refuse only then can I be breaking any laws. Is this correct? I also carried in a local mall where I heard it is not allowed yet I wasn't confronted. Any thoughts?

    For me these laws are somewhat hard to understand and a "dumb downed" version would be great.
    I don't think I can address your questions, but I'm curious why you think you would be hassled or confronted if you were in fact carrying a "concealed" firearm? It strikes me that you would only be hassled or confronted if they saw the weapon or you informed them you were carrying it. With that in mind, the fact that no one stopped you from carrying concealed isn't a defacto acceptance, but merely a lack of you getting caught doing it.

    In my state business with "no gun" signs have the force of law. Even if they didn't, I would still respect the wishes of the owner and either take my business elsewhere or leave my gun in the car. In my mind, that's just common courtesy and respect for property rights.

    I'm sure someone will be along shortly to post a link to the handgun law site. That's probably your best bet for a clear and concise summary by state.

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    I might add that there is a vast difference between a place that sells alcoholic drinks for consumption on the property (bars, restaurnats, etc) and places that sell bottled or canned drinks to carry out (Walmart, Walgreens, grocery stores, convenience stores).

    Personally, if my gun is not welcome in a place of business, then neither is my money or myself. I will respect the rules of the business regardless of the law. I do not want to be any place where I am not wanted.
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    Your ccw course should have covered this stuff. If it didn't you have a responsibility to educate yourself on the basics. Here's a good place to start- Virginia State Police - Resident Concealed Handgun Permits

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman45 View Post
    I might add that there is a vast difference between a place that sells alcoholic drinks for consumption on the property (bars, restaurnats, etc) and places that sell bottled or canned drinks to carry out (Walmart, Walgreens, grocery stores, convenience stores).

    Personally, if my gun is not welcome in a place of business, then neither is my money or myself. I will respect the rules of the business regardless of the law. I do not want to be any place where I am not wanted.
    This is exactly how I deal with it. I let my money do the talking by taking it on down the road to where it is welcome.

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    There are no bars in Virginia.
    As long as you don't consume alcohol, you may carry concealed in restaurants which serve alcohol, unless posted.
    ("Assuming" you have a valid carry permit.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nontechguy View Post
    There are no bars in Virginia.
    As long as you don't consume alcohol, you may carry concealed in restaurants which serve alcohol, unless posted.
    ("Assuming" you have a valid carry permit.)
    Here is the paragraph out of va code 18.2-308. Personal protection; carrying concealed weapons; when lawful to carry; penalty.


    J3. No person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club as defined in 4.1-100 for which a license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has been granted by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board under Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia may consume an alcoholic beverage while on the premises. A person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of such a restaurant or club and consumes alcoholic beverages is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. However, nothing in this subsection shall apply to a federal, state, or local law-enforcement officer.

    Anything not specifically addressed in Va code is legal, so it would be permissible to Open Carry in a restaurant AND consume alcohol. however note that para J1 carries some specific penalties:

    J1. Any person permitted to carry a concealed handgun, who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while carrying such handgun in a public place, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Conviction of any of the following offenses shall be prima facie evidence, subject to rebuttal, that the person is "under the influence" for purposes of this section: manslaughter in violation of 18.2-36.1, maiming in violation of 18.2-51.4, driving while intoxicated in violation of 18.2-266, public intoxication in violation of 18.2-388, or driving while intoxicated in violation of 46.2-341.24. Upon such conviction that court shall revoke the person's permit for a concealed handgun and promptly notify the issuing circuit court. A person convicted of a violation of this subsection shall be ineligible to apply for a concealed handgun permit for a period of five years.

    Note however that this only talks about carrying a conceal handgun, however I am fairly sure the police can find a way to apply some other part of the law to an intociated person carrying openly. They may not be able to revoke your CHP (or you may not even have one) but it is not a good idea.

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    Conceal carry in business that sell alcohol for consumption on sight is legal, you just cannot drink. If they sell alcohol for off site consumption, CC is legal. OC is also legal in those locations as well. Technically there are no bars in VA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebucketeer View Post
    I don't think I can address your questions, but I'm curious why you think you would be hassled or confronted if you were in fact carrying a "concealed" firearm? It strikes me that you would only be hassled or confronted if they saw the weapon or you informed them you were carrying it. With that in mind, the fact that no one stopped you from carrying concealed isn't a defacto acceptance, but merely a lack of you getting caught doing it.
    I am very curious to know the answer to this as well, OP. I'm going to assume you didn't purposely walk by the store manager and flash your concealed weapon to see if there would be a reaction...

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    1. If you are going to be drinking you don't wear your EDC (which is a good rule of thumb anyway).

    2. If you are not going to be drinking then you can wear your EDC in any restaurant and/or business that sells alcohol.

    3. If a business says they don't want any weapons inside their establishment then if you wear your EDC and get spotted you have to remove your EDC from the store or you can get written up for trespassing, etc. Common courtesy says to yield to the store owner's wishes and leave your EDC in the car; common sense says no one is going to know anyway if you are CC properly unless they have metal detectors at the doors; I am more likely to EDC inside an IKEA or BabysRUs/ToysRUs than I would a privately owned small business where I know that the owner really doesn't want me CC in his store. Depending on what I'm shopping for I don't go out of my way to frequent stores where the store owners don't want me to CC--I can spend my $ at another store that doesn't prohibit people from legally defending themselves.

    Just moved from VA a year and a half ago...great place!

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    I was always under the impression that you could legally carry even in prohibited places if you prominently displayed your concealed carry badge & sash.

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