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Virginia prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale, transfer or possession of any firearm containing less than 3.7 ounces of electromagnetically detectable metal in the barrel, slide, cylinder, frame or receiver and which, when subjected to inspection by X-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts its shape.1

Virginia does not otherwise regulate firearms commonly known as “junk guns” or “Saturday night specials.”

 See our Design Safety Standards policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-308.5.[]