In the state of VA, along with many other states, it is not illegal to purchase a handgun from a private individual, provided it isn't stolen, and the two parties aren't legally prohibited from owning a firearm. I have a couple handguns bought this way and 3 bought from a dealer. My question centers around a self defense event where you have to discharge a weapon. Is there any legal issue that can be raised by using a legally purchased weapon, with a signed bill of sale, vs carrying a registered weapon? I am probably overthinking this, but am curious to others opinion. My current pocket gun was a private sale. My second carry option is a dealer purchase. My third is a private purchase.