Legal Information: Virgin Islands, U.S.

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
November 23, 2016

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

Virgin Island law says that a person cannot get a license to have a gun if s/he has been convicted of the following crimes:


  • s/he has been convicted in any court for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • s/he has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence;*
  • s/he has been convicted in any state of any crime of violence; any violation of a narcotic law; or a violation of a "harmful drug" law;** or
  • s/he is a fugitive from justice.*

Federal laws, which apply to all states and territories, also restrict a person's right to have a gun under certain circumstances.  Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.


* 23 V.I.C. § 456a

** 23 V.I.C. § ​458(a)

*** 23 V.I.C. §§ ​458(a); 451(b)