Virginia to End Concealed Carry Reciprocity with 25 States

Virginia to End Concealed Carry Reciprocity with 25 States

Virginia to End Concealed Carry Reciprocity with 25 States

Starting February 1, Virginia will no longer honor concealed carry permits from 25 other states that currently have reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth. The decision came after a months-long audit process by the attorney general’s office, in which it was determined that most of the 30 states that have reciprocity agreements with Virginia also have significantly weaker concealed handgun regulations.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the change on Tuesday.

“To ensure Virginia’s law and safety standards for concealed handgun permits are applied evenly, consistently, and fairly, I have recommended the State Police terminate the reciprocity agreements with 25 states whose laws are not adequate to prevent issuance of a concealed handgun permit to individuals that Virginia would disqualify,” Herring said in a statement on Tuesday. “The State Police has accepted that recommendation and has begun sending letters to the 25 states informing them that as of February 1, their permits will no longer be recognized by Virginia.”

Reciprocity agreements allow gun owners to freely travel between state lines without worrying about state laws regarding concealed carry—although municipalities may still have different laws. Gun control supporters have long worked to curtail reciprocity agreements between states, making today’s announcement a significant blow for gun rights advocates. According to Herring, the affected states include several that neighbor it, such as North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Gun owners from these states will likely be among the most affected by the end of the reciprocity agreements.

 

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