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Virginia law prohibits anyone from recklessly leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14.1 It is also unlawful for any person knowingly to authorize a child under the age of 12 to use a firearm except when the child is under the supervision of an adult.2 For purposes of this rule, “adult” means a parent, guardian, or similar person or a person 21 years or over who has the permission of the parent, guardian, or similar person to supervise the child in the use of a firearm.3

State administrative regulations govern storage of firearms in certain locations.

 See our Child Access Prevention policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-56.2.[]
  2. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-56.2(B).[]
  3. Id.[]