One of the major issues of the 2016 Presidential election was the Second Amendment’s right of Americans to bear arms. While we are aware that Second Amendment rights are not absolute— many individuals who are not permitted to own or carry a weapon (convicted felons, for example)— and locations where firearms are not allowed (schools and airports), Virginia residents can now add another restriction to the list.
As of July 1, 2016, any party who has a protective order entered against them is not permitted to have possession of a firearm.
A protective order is an order entered by a court in a civil (not criminal) case to ensure the safety and protection of someone who is or has been the victim of domestic violence. Protective orders are common in family law cases where there have been instances of abuse and/or threatened violence and stalking. Typically, a protective order contains no-contact/stay-away provisions restricting physical, email and phone contact with the victim, as well as prohibitions on harassment and stalking.