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Virginia law does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm (although the federal law applies). Virginia law also does not require firearm owners to lock their weapons, although it is unlawful for any person to recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14.1

Effective July 1, 2020, Virginia law provides that, during hours of operation, all firearms in a licensed family day home must be stored unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet, and all ammunition shall be stored in a separate locked container, compartment, or cabinet. The key or combination to such locked containers, compartments, or cabinets must be inaccessible to all children in the home.2

State administrative regulations may also govern the secure control of firearms in certain locations.


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  1. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-56.2.[]
  2. Va. Code Ann. § 63.2-1701.01.[]