The Virginia Court of Appeals vacated a firearm conviction after finding the trial court had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man’s pistol was “center-fire,” as required by Code § 18.2-287.4.

Code § 18.2-287.4 prohibits the carrying of certain firearms in public in specific urbanized localities, “absent a concealed-carry permit or other statutory exception,” which Patrick Taylor did not have when Officer Wilson stopped him while walking in a neighborhood of Richmond, leading to his conviction.

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