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Virginia requires firearm owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm. A gun owner must report the loss or theft to the local law enforcement agency or the State Police within 48 hours after he or she discovers that the gun is lost or stolen or is informed by someone else who has “personal knowledge” of the loss or theft.1

The law enforcement agency then reports the loss or theft to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.2

If a person reports such a loss or theft in good faith, the law provides that person with immunity from criminal and civil liability for any damages from acts or omissions resulting from the loss or theft.3


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  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-287.5.[]
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