February 26, 2016
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Governor signs law to expand concealed carry reciprocity with other states.
Virginia’s lawmakers submitted H.B. 1163 and S.B. 610 to the Governor which will restore and promote concealed carry reciprocity for permit holders in the Commonwealth and around the country. In addition to providing concealed carry recognition for valid permits from other states, the bipartisan legislation signed today requires the Virginia State Police to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states where needed. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016.
“Now, more than six million law-abiding gun owners will be free to travel in and out of Virginia with their Second Amendment rights intact,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “Self-defense is a fundamental right that must be respected.”
On Dec. 22, 2015, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring shocked the 380,000+ Virginia permit holders by to severing concealed carry reciprocity agreements with half the country. The change was set to take effect early in 2016. The decision nullified agreements with the following states; Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
“Concealed carry permit holders are among the safest groups of citizens in Virginia and throughout the country. On behalf of the NRA’s more than five million members, we commend this effort to protect public safety and fundamental freedoms. Hopefully this effort will encourage Congress to pass national right to carry reciprocity legislation as soon as possible,” concluded Cox.
Governor McAuliffe signed the legislation earlier today despite a repeated onslaught of attacks from New York City Billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his misguided gun control allies.
From now until July, we will continue to honor all the states we were honoring as of December 1st (approximately 30). That means that states that have been honoring Virginia permits should continue to do so. HOWEVER, there could be some sputtering on that as the current March 1st deadline will be moved to June 30th on Monday – cutting it awfully close. The Virginia State Police will update their web site on Monday and will be mailing the states that were originally going to lose recognition on March 1st and let them know that Virginia is going to continue honoring their permits uninterrupted into the future.