With Virginia now having a new concealed gun permit, one of the biggest questions about the new law is how it will affect gun owners.
Gun rights activists and advocates for stricter gun control say the new laws are a step toward a gun free society.
The state has not yet set a timeline for implementation, but Virginia Gov.
Terry McAuliffe said this month that he expected it to take between two and four years.
While some have said the new permits will help ease the pressure on the state’s already strapped state government, others are skeptical that the new policies will have the desired impact.
“I would love to see it pass, but it’s going to take a while,” said Bill Gee, a law professor at George Washington University.
“The more time that goes by, the more people are going to feel this pressure.
The more pressure you put on people, the harder it is for them to take the time to get a concealed weapon permit.”
In Virginia, only people over 21 are allowed to possess guns.
The law will only allow people over the age of 18 to possess a firearm, but those age 21 and older are exempt from the permit requirement.
The state is also limiting gun ownership to those over 18.
Those under 21 must possess a gun, and those under 21 without a permit must obtain a permit.
Gun advocates say the changes will allow people who would otherwise be prohibited from owning guns to carry them.
They also argue that allowing people over 18 to carry guns will not lead to a spike in violence or crime.
“The idea that this is a gun-free society is completely false,” said Mike LaPolt, a Virginia state senator.
“There’s going be a lot more guns around the state.”
He said he would be fine with allowing people to carry concealed weapons, but that the change would take time to make it happen.
“If you’re going to do this and you’re gonna make it a long time in the future, you have to make sure you’re right, you know,” he said.