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Game: Firearms [4 VAC 15 ‑ 270]
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Chapter Information
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
This regulation is essential to protect public safety. Generally, this regulation addresses the use of firearms in specific counties or areas which, because of terrain, population, or other unique factors, need special rules to help insure the safety of the citizens. Projectiles pose a potential threat to citizens beyond the range of shooters' senses, and each year a few citizens are struck by bullets or shot pellets fired by a hunter out-of-sight of the victim. This regulation also serves to protect personal property, including livestock. Buildings, equipment, and livestock are more likely to be struck by bullets or shot pellets because of their size. Property damage from errant fire imposes a financial burden on citizens of the Commonwealth. Responsible citizens recognize the dangers and adjust their activities accordingly. This regulation is necessary for the few irresponsible shooters.
State Authority § 29.1 - 103.11 of the Code of Virginia . Powers and duties of the Board . § 29.1 - 501. A . Promulgation of regulations; publication of proposed regulations or change therein; validation; evidentiary nature of publication . § 29.1 - 508. Board to prescr
Federal Authority n/a
Exempt from APA Yes, changes to this chapter of the VA Administrative Code are exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To promote safety in connection with the use of firearms in hunting.
To minimize the number of game animals crippled or wounded as a result of hunting with firearms.
Meetings See all meetings (9) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Frances Boswell  
Address: 4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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Telephone: (804)367-9149    FAX: (804)367-0405    TDD: ()-
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