Logan v. Commonwealth
In Logan v. Commonwealth, 29 Va. App. 353, 512 S.E.2d 160 (1999), the police were confronted with a similar situation.
As one of the officers approached the vehicle in which Logan was a passenger, he saw a firearm in plain view in the middle of the dashboard. See Logan, 29 Va. App. at 356, 512 S.E.2d at 161.
Although the driver claimed ownership of the weapon, it was in plain view from outside the vehicle, and a reasonable officer was free to conclude that the weapon could have belonged to any of the vehicle's occupants. See Logan, 29 Va. App. at 361-62, 512 S.E.2d at 164.