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Virginia Tightens Its Concealed-Carry Permit Laws

In a major move, the state will no longer honor permits obtained in 25 other states across the nation.
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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 Feb. 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: