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July 11, 2008, 02:23 PM
What is the law with regard to CCW in VA in a restaurant? Is it that you must OC if the establishment serves alcohol? No alcohol=concealed carry allowed?

July 11, 2008, 07:18 PM
Here is a link to the VA State Police site. They have the information that you are seeking.

Section J3 contains the answer to your specific question. It is a good idea to read the whole page IMO.


Good reading.

July 12, 2008, 05:25 PM
Thanks! I was looking for that page but couldn't find it.

chris in va
July 13, 2008, 12:03 AM
No person shall carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club as defined in § 4.1-100 for which a license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has been granted by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board under Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia

It was my understanding also that some restaurants *have* the ABC license, but don't actually serve alcohol. Couldn't tell you which ones though.

July 13, 2008, 11:59 AM
Glad to help, especially a fellow Virginian and resident of the Tidewater area.:)

July 13, 2008, 03:06 PM
Exactly, you are not permitted concealed carry in any establishment that serves alcohol, HOWEVER, you ARE permitted Open Carry.

Restaurants & clubs serving on-premises alcohol (concealed carry prohibited, open carry NOT prohibited; owners & employees exempted) (§18.2-308.J3)