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Certification of Handgun Competency
Applicant Requirements
VA Code § 18.2-308.02(B) requires the applicant to demonstrate competence with a handgun. The applicant may demonstrate such competence in the following ways:
  • Certification of completion of a hunter safety course
  • Certification of completion of a NRA safety or training course
  • Certification of completion of a safety or training course offered by local law enforcement agencies or a private institute certified by the NRA or the Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training offered for security guards, investigators, or special deputies
  • Evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in an organized shooting competition, or current military service
  • Proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services. Your DD-214 must indicate the character of service as honorable discharge. 
  • Firearms training which the court deems appropriate
  • Obtaining a license to carry a firearm in the Commonwealth of Virginia, unless such license has been revoked

More information regarding the manner in which an applicant can demonstrate competency with a handgun can be found at VA Code §18.2-308.02(B).

A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any of the courses; an affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization or group that conducted, supervised or taught the course attesting to the applicant's completion of the course; or a copy of any document which shows completion of the course or competition shall constitute proof of competency.

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Physical Address:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attn: Civil Division
18 East Market St.
Leesburg, VA 20176
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P.O. Box 550
Leesburg, VA 20178

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