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1. When Is It Safe To Have Your Finger On The Trigger?

You should always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

2. What Are The Two Main Causes Of Handgun Related Accidents?

The two main causes of handgun related accidents are carelessness and ignorance. Both can be avoided by learning and using safe gun practices and techniques.

3. What Is A 'Cleared' Handgun?

A handgun can be 'cleared' without being unloaded. The term 'cleared' just means that the holder knows the status of the gun (whether it is loaded or unloaded). 

4. Can I Clean My Handgun While It Is Loaded?

You should not have ammo present when cleaning a firearm. The gun should be unloaded prior to cleaning.

5. How Can You Keep Children Safe With Firearms In The Home?

The best way to keep children safe around firearms is to make sure that they understand safe firearms practices, and that they understand the differences between movies, games, TV shows, and real life.

6. What Are The Most Common Ammo Malfunctions?

Hang fires (a delay between pulling the trigger and the gun firing) and squib loads (when a bullet is fired without enough force to exit the barrel of the gun).

7. How Can You Dispose Of Damaged Ammo?

Ammo needs to be disposed of properly. You cannot just throw it in the trash. Several safe disposal methods can be found here.

8. Should You Show Your Handgun To Anyone In Public?

It is best not to show your handgun to anyone in public.

9. What Is Important To Be Aware Of When Defending Yourself With A Firearm?

Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction, inspect your firearm before use, remain aware of your surroundings, and consider what is behind your target before firing.

10. Is It Safe To Allow Gun Lubricants To Come Into Contact With Ammunition?

When cleaning a gun, lubricants should never come into contact with ammo. Lubricants can damage your ammunition.

11. What Does 'Double-Action' Mean With Regard To Handguns?

'Double-Action' means that the firearm's trigger performs two actions (both cocking the gun, and releasing the hammer).

Legal Disclaimer

Nothing on this website should be considered advice, legal or otherwise. Our goal is merely to help explain and simplify the process of getting your concealed carry permit in Virginia. If you have concerns, or if our information seems out of date, please refer to official sources. Our FAQ is not intended to be a substitute for watching Virginia Concealed's course. It is to be used as an accompanying study guide. Be sure to fill out all forms truthfully with your own information. Do not just 'copy' the examples shown in the video.