Effective Feb. 1, Virginia Will no Longer Recognize Concealed Carry Permits From 25 States

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Tuesday as of Feb. 1, 2016, Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states.

“Virginia, and nearly every other state in the country, have recognized that carrying a concealed handgun is a significant responsibility that should be extended only to those who have gone through a process to prove a level of competency and responsibility,” Herring said. “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. 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.”

The states losing reciprocity 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.

Six states will no longer recognize Virginia’s concealed-carry permits because they require mutual recognition of permits. They are: Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

This update does not affect Virginia residents or non-residents who are qualified to receive a Virginia concealed handgun permit, nor does it affect the validity of any permits that have been issued by Virginia.

All concealed handgun permit holders are encouraged to review the applicable laws of Virginia and states they may visit to determine whether and how they can legally carry a concealed handgun.

Click to learn more about Virginia’s Concealed Carry Regulations.

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3 Responses to “Effective Feb. 1, Virginia Will no Longer Recognize Concealed Carry Permits From 25 States”

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    I can truly respect their decision.

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    These are gotcha laws! So the questions is a law abiding citizen who travels into Virginia should have weapons charges on them. This will hinder them in their state? Virgina’s training is that much better than 25 other states? The CCH burry their guns before they enter the state? My questions could go on for hours. If I had a CCH from any state and I got weapons charges on my I would take the state to court. I wouldn’t take charges lightly. Sad State…….

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    Stephen Wilbur

    Just another way to make the 2nd amendment off limits to the people in these 25 states. Virginia residents need to vote the AG out of office.