Virginia will end a gun law provision that allowed the state to honor concealed handgun permits obtained in other states, even if the permit qualifications in those other states were less restrictive than Virginia’s. Attorney General Mark Herring announced Tuesday that starting February 1, the state would no longer extend reciprocity to new residents who established concealed-carry permissions from states with weaker permit laws.
This will apply to 25 states with which Virginia had this reciprocity relationship. To qualify for a concealed handgun permit in Virginia, you can’t have one of the following in your history:
- mental health or substance abuse problems
- a restraining or protective order out against you
- conviction for stalking or even pending stalking charges
- conviction for any assault, battery, or firearm discharge crime within three years of applying
- a felony of any kind, felony charges pending, nor juvenile convictions that would constitute felonies if committed as an adult
- multiple misdemeanors within five years of applying
- a DUI within three years of applying
Nor can you be a fugitive, an undocumented immigrant, or someone dishonorably discharged from the military. But until now, a person could obtain a concealed carry permit in a state that perhaps had no restrictions on those dishonorably discharged or with a DUI, and Virginia would honor that permit. Virginia’s attorney general studied the impact of such reciprocity over the past year with the state police department and found that this undermined the state’s ability to control which of its residents should carry firearms.