W.Va. concealed carry agreement remain intact with Va.

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 24, 2015


CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey assures residents that West Virginia still has full concealed carry handgun reciprocity with Virginia.

Concealed handgun licenses issued by either state are still recognized by the other, Morrisey said Dec. 24.

“It is a priority of my office to protect the Second Amendment rights of West Virginians and those who visit our state,” Morrisey said in a statement. “We have worked hard to preserve this agreement and we hope it remains intact for many years to come.”

Earlier this week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the decision to revoke 25 states’ reciprocity agreements, saying their concealed weapon laws don’t meet Virginia’s standards. However, Virginia has chosen to maintain its reciprocity agreement with West Virginia and a few other states.

There are no changes for concealed carry permit holders in West Virginia. The two states continue to maintain a mutual reciprocity agreement.

West Virginia has full reciprocity agreements with 32 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

West Virginians with a valid concealed handgun license also legally can carry in five other states, subject to the limitations of each particular state’s laws: Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin.

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