Virginia will end concealed carry agreements with 25 states, effective Feb. 1
Richmond, Va. – Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states that they currently have reciprocity agreements with, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced on Tuesday.
Herring’s office reviewed the agreements with the 30 states Virginia has concealed carry agreements with and found that 25 of those states had permit regulations that were weaker than Virginia’s.
The states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Agreements will remain with West Virginia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
The State Police superintendent accepted Herring’s recommendation to sever agreements with those states, effective Feb. 1.
According to Virginia law, there are 20 conditions that would disqualify a person from being issued a concealed carry permit.
They include anyone in the United States illegally, subject to a protection from abuse order, or convicted of various criminal charges from drunken driving to assault and battery.
State Senator Frank Wagner says the issue is likely to come up during the next General Assembly session. “It’s kind of unbelievable. We worked many years working for these reciprocal agreements with other states,” said Wagner. “We can’t believe they’re trying to take guns out of the hands of law abiding gun owners.”
Gun sales have been high this holiday season, according to Robert Marcus, the owner of Bob’s Gun Shop in Norfolk. He says concealed carry permit owners aren’t the problem. “This was quite a surprise. I think it’s poorly times. I don’t think it’s reasonable. It’s going to create a stir at the General Assembly in January.”