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The Honorable Wendy S. Hughes

Phone: (804) 748-1241

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Circuit Court Clerk - Handgun Competency Requirement


  • Completing any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or a similar agency of another state.
  • Completing any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course.
  • Completing any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services, offered by a
    • law-enforcement agency
    • junior college
    • college
    • private or public institution or organization
    • firearms training school
  • Completing any law-enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for
    • security guards
    • investigators
    • special deputies
    • any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement
  • Presenting evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in
    • organized shooting competition
    • current military service
    • proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services
  • Obtaining or previously having held a license to carry a firearm in this Commonwealth or a locality thereof, unless such license has been revoked for cause.
  • Completing any firearms training or safety course or class, conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor, including an
    • electronic
    • video
    • online course
  • Completing any governmental police agency firearms training course and qualifying to carry a firearm in the course of normal police duties.
  • Completing any other firearms training which the court deems adequate.


  • A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any of the courses or classes;
  • An affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization, or group that conducted or taught such course or class attesting to the completion of the course or class by the applicant
  • A copy of any document which shows completion of the course or class or evidences participation in firearms competition must be provided.
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