Virginia ( (listen)), officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2018 is over 8.5 million.The area's history begins with several indigenous groups, including the Powhatan. In 1607 the London Company established the Colony of Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony. Virginia's state nickname, the Old Dominion, is a reference to this status. Slave labor and the land acquired from displaced Native American tribes each played a significant role in the colony's early politics and plantation economy. Virginia was one of the 13 Colonies in the American Revolution. In the American Civil War, Virginia's Secession Convention resolved to join the Confederacy, and Virginia's First Wheeling Convention resolved to remain in the Union; that led to the creation of West Virginia. Although the Commonwealth was under one-party rule for nearly a century following Reconstruction, both major national parties are competitive in modern Virginia.The Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World. The state government was ranked most effective by the Pew Center on the States in both 2005 and 2008. It is unique in how it treats cities and counties equally, manages local roads, and prohibits its governors from serving consecutive terms. Virginia's economy has many sectors: agriculture in the Shenandoah Valley; federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region's main seaport.

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  1. J

    Gun manufacture date

    How can I get the manufacture date of my Walther PPK/S .380 made by Interarms at Alexandria, Virginia?
  2. RaceFan

    Meet the new VA Lt. Governor!

    Semper fi!
  3. S

    West Virginia To Give Away Guns As Covid-19 Vaccine Incentive

    Covid 19 Incentive: As states throughout the U.S. launch campaigns to try and convince residents to get the Covid-19 vaccine— with million dollar lotteries, college scholarships, free beer, and amusement park tickets topping the list — West Virginia has come up with a lottery scheme all its...
  4. The Heretic

    Virginia Democrats are backing off a ban on the new sale of assault weapons (at least for now)
  5. B

    Virginia non resident CCW permit is better than the Utah non resident permit

    Click the state of VA in this map, it fully covers far more states. When you click the Utah one, many of the states it "covers" have restrictions. I'm actually also surprised how many states WA covers. The VA permit is only an online course rather than an in person class...
  6. Ura-Ki

    Air Force Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing After Taking Gunfire over Virginia This isn't good at all! No real details yet, ongoing investigation! Whom ever did this is going to be spending a lot of time behind bars!
  7. DB is Here

    National  Virginia Gun Control: Minorities Speak Out
  8. EHJ

    Other State  Virginia wasn't done yet.... Virginia Senate committee advances nine (9) gun control bills.

    Senate already had last years package and made tweeks. Goes to direct Senate vote. :(
  9. CountryGent

    Other State  Virginia Silencer Ban Defeated

    News about said here. Cheers.
  10. CountryGent

    Other State  Virginia House of Delegates Passes Sweeping Gun-Control Bill

    Virginia House of Delegates Passes Sweeping Gun-Control Bill. :(
  11. 2thdrglock

    Oregon  Oregon following Virginia?

    I donate to and receive regular firearm new updates from Oregon Firearms Federation. The recent push for gun control legislation in Oregon is alarming. Why haven't we heard anything from our counties and Sheriffs like was done in Virginia in response to the unconstitutional laws being pushed...
  12. EHJ

    Other State  Virginia: "We'll pass the worst gun bills ever!" Arizona: "Hold my beer..." SB 1625
  13. OldTengu

    Other State  Virginia awb passes house
  14. T

    National  Some New Dem Opposition to Virginia Gun Ban...

    against Governor....
  15. DLS

    Report on the Virginia rally
  16. User 1234

    Other State  Virginia Democrats push bill to criminalize criticism of state government
  17. UnionMillsNW

    Virginia and Proper Fitting of Body Armor

    Hey Folks, Many of us followed the events in Virginia closely. Some of our fellow citizens that attended the rally chose to wear plate carriers to the event. That is their right. However I was shocked at the number of pictures I saw of citizens improperly wearing the plate carriers; most of...
  18. ActionHero1980

    Images from the Virginia rally

    Looks like the rally is going well. (Not my pictures, obviously)
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