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Thursday, September 12, 2002
 
7:31 PM

Virginia Attorney General Kilgore has issued an statement saying despite state park practice, any Virginian holding a concealed-carry permit can use it in state parks. I can't find a link and I'm writing this from memory, so there's your credibility for you.

UPDATE: Okay, even I have standards. Took another stab and found it.

Gun Rights in State Parks Reasserted

Virginia's Department of Conservation has no authority to ban people with concealed-weapon permits from carrying guns into state parks, Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore (R) said.

Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun) had sought Kilgore's opinion on the validity of state regulations that prohibit guns in Virginia's 34 state parks except where hunting is allowed. "A person's privilege to carry a concealed handgun is considered universal within the commonwealth subject to limited circumstances," Kilgore wrote Black this week, noting that the General Assembly has prohibited concealed handguns in churches, courthouses, schools and bars -- but not state parks. Also, Kilgore wrote, state law does not authorize the conservation department to prohibit a valid permit holder from carrying a concealed handgun.

"A person's privilege to carry a concealed handgun is considered universal within the commonwealth subject to limited circumstances," Kilgore wrote Black this week, noting that the General Assembly has prohibited concealed handguns in churches, courthouses, schools and bars -- but not state parks. Also, Kilgore wrote, state law does not authorize the conservation department to prohibit a valid permit holder from carrying a concealed handgun.

Department spokesman Jim Meisner said that Kilgore's opinion is advisory and that the rules have been in effect for at least 20 years.


So looks like it'll take a court case, if somebody wants to test Kilgore's statement or if the state wants to contest it.



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