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.

“To me, this is a commonsense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that our concealed carry laws and safety standards apply to everyone in Virginia, whether they are a resident or a visitor. Strong, consistent enforcement of Virginia’s laws and safety standards can prevent disqualified people who may be dangerous or irresponsible from utilizing a concealed handgun permit, and it’s what the law requires.” Herring added. “Our General Assembly has already identified who can and cannot conceal their handguns in Virginia. Those standards should apply to everyone in Virginia equally, at all times. They should not be undermined by wrongly recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards.”

It is not the first time this year that Virginia has seen new, strict gun control measures. Governor Terry McAuliffe drew criticism in October when he issued an executive order that banned open carry in government buildings. McAuliffe and his administration have been accused of trying to push anti-gun measures in recent years, including advocating for so-called “universal” background checks.

In contrast, nearby states such as West Virginia have been trying to introduce laws that are beneficial for gun owners. West Virginia lawmakers are expected to reintroduce a bill that would allow permit-less concealed carry next year.

Gun owners who visit Virginia must now apply for a separate non-resident permit if they intend on practicing concealed carry in the state.

According to the attorney general’s office, the states affected 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
  • Wyoming

In response, Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wyoming will no longer recognize Virginia concealed carry permits since their reciprocity laws require mutual recognition.

The states not affected by the change are West Virginia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Image from Lucio Eastman on the Wikimedia Commons

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21 thoughts on “Virginia to End Concealed Carry Reciprocity with 25 States

  1. Just looked up Virginia’s ccw requirements. I’m no attorney but Kentucky’s actually looks stricter other than the finger print requirement. I believe this is to get anyone on the border or traveling there frequently to pony up and pay the fees($100) for that states ccw.

    BTW, Tennessee is not recognized and they require the fingerprints as well. Definitely doing it for the money.

  2. I’m sure these states feel much safer now. Oh, by the way, criminals can carry in all states with any type of firearm including full auto and multiple high capacity magazines at any given time and concealed if they so choose.

  3. South Carolina has an excellent program for concealed carry that in addition to fingerprints requires a day of classroom training and a shot requirement that requires the applicant to make a determined score in order to hold such a permit. We also have an extremely low violation problem. So what is VA’s issue with us ?

  4. As a Virginian, I must apologize. We have a Democrat as Governor, Terry McCaullife, who was previously the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and yes, is very close with both President Obama and the Clintons. McAuliffe supports universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and limiting gun purchases to one a month. Enough said??? Where has this wonderful Commonwealth gone?

  5. The article stated that Virginia’s governor feels this will make their police safer. When does a criminal bother with a concealed carry permit? Wouldn’t this have the opposite effect? Less good guys with guns out there means more opportunities for the criminal.

    1. NEVER vote for a Dem.
      If Johns Kennedy, who was a Life Member of the NRA and one of my favorite presidents was running for office and didn’t switch his party, I wouldn’t vote for him.

  6. Typical tactics by the slimy deceitful left. Hijack what is good, institutional, and pretend they are demanding a higher standard. Just another veiled attempt (sometimes successful) to inject their agenda to “fundamentally change the United states of America”. Gee, who was it that said that?

  7. This is complete and absolute BS by Herring. He is doing this for one reason and one reason only, in the hopes that the states he cuts from reciprocity will cut reciprocity with Virginia in order to mess with Virginia CCW holders. This is all just a continuation of McAuliffe’s war against the Second Amendment and legal gun owners.

  8. Virginia was also among the states ( their capital was Richmond) that felt that it was proper to destroy the United States to continue the practice of black slavery . That was the Democrat Party then ,this is the Democrat Party now. They want equality of slavery with themselves as “massa” . They want to disarm all except the ” massa ” and of course the ” overseers ” who keep the slaves in line . The more they change the more they are the same .

    1. No difference then than now. I couldn’t CARRY a gun then,
      I can’t carry a gun now. Same party, same rules.
      Here’s a test.
      Any state that says it believes in the Second Amendment and denies the rights covered under the 2nd to any U.S. citizen is a lie and is just “biden” time until they are able to show their real colors.
      A Dem will do anything for a vote to continue their anti-U.S. policy. Even make it legal for illegal colonist to vote.

  9. Let get this right. I’m a retired serviceman, I was Army Infantry, I have campaign medals and I retired as a Air Force Security Forces cop but I don’t have enough training to carry in Virginia?
    Dems done done it to me again.

  10. I have another thought about Virginia . We must make sure we do not punish those from Va. who carry conceiled; we must however do everything we can to force the Virginia State government to undo this travesty of a ruling. We can start by personally not spending any time or money there . We must move our legislators , state and federal not to spend there too ! Starve their dimocrat politicians .

  11. Weird. I’m an Ohio CC permit holder, and we are required to attend classroom and range instruction from a certified instructor, and undergo a full-blown criminal background check conduct by a county sheriff’s department, with fingerprints. What else does Virginia require? A doctor’s opinion that I’m not addicted to narcotics, or psychotic?

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