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Va. AG revokes recognition of concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states, including TN

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made a major announcement on gun control Tuesday. Virginia will no longer honor out-of-state concealed carry handgun permits from more than two dozen states. 

The Attorney General's Office says permits from these states will no longer be recognized because "their laws are not sufficient to prevent someone who is disqualified under Virginia law from receiving a concealed handgun permit."

"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," said Herring. "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."

The 25 states that will no longer have permits recognized in Virginia 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

Because of laws requiring mutual recognition of permits, Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming will no longer recognize Virginia concealed carry permits.

Delaware, Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin do not currently recognize Virginia concealed carry permits.

Permits from Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia will still be recognized in Virginia.

"Virginia’s lack of enforcement of its own standards has been irresponsible and dangerous," said Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) executive director Josh Horwitz. "While the Commonwealth has plenty of room to improve their own standards for issuing concealed carry permits, the actions taken today by the Attorney General are a good first step toward making Virginia a safer place for its citizens and visitors alike."

The recognition of the permits will be revoked effective February 1, 2016.

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