First I'd like to say hello to everybody and thank you all for the informative posts that I've already been reading.
I applied for my CHP today at the Alexandria district court. Kind of interesting experience. The clerk said I needed to disclose my SSN# and I informed her "actually your not allowed to require that information." This ticked her off and she said "we aren't allowed to?" did an about face and headed for the manager, lol. She came back and demanded my military ID, and drivers liscense. I told her I also wanted to submit my military transcript showing that I've completed marksmanship training. This technically shouldn't be required but the Alexandria court demands proof of training, not just military ID, although I find it funny that discharge papers somehow prove competency. Anyways I decided to include it. She then said, "what is this? I don't think we accept this." I said "It's my understanding that VA law considers current military service or proof of honorable discharge proof of competency." She hurried off to ask the manager again. She came back, asked for the fee and it was done. I'm now counting down the 45 days.
Now that you have some background I'd like to ask for some info about open carry in VA.
It's my understanding that I can walk out of my house with my pistol tucked into my waistband as long as the handle is clearly visible; please correct me if I'm wrong.
Also I'm a little confused about open car carry. Can I leave the pistol in my waistband while driving or do I need to put it in a seat/dashboard etc.?
Also I believe I can open carry while fully loaded correct?
My apologies if this post is long winded. I'd appreciate any knowledgeable help I can get.