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Virginia Now Honors Permits From All States

You may recall the dramatic events regarding Virginia and concealed carry reciprocity that started back in December of 2015. The attorney general changed the state's interpretation of the law to effectively cease honoring concealed carry permits from over 20 other states which would in turn also cease reciprocity for Virginia permit holders in 6 of those states where reciprocating agreements were required.

Terry McAuliffe virginia gun legislationIn February of 2016 Virginia law makers struck a deal in the legislature that undid the attorney general's decision while also allowing that effective July 1st 2016 Virginia would begin to honor permits from ALL other states. So congratulations to permit holders everywhere. We can now all carry concealed in Virginia.

Quoting from the website of the Virginia State Police:

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016 the holder of a valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state may carry a concealed handgun in Virginia provided:

  1. the holder of such permit or license  is at least 21 years of age; and
  2. the permit or license holder carries a photo identification issued by a government agency of any state or by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Department of State; and
  3. the holder displays the permit or license and such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer;and
  4. the permit or license holder has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked.

At we are committed to keeping you up to date with all Concealed carry permit reciprocity changes. You can access a current map for your own state's permit or your own combination of state permits here: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Maps


5 Responses to Virginia Now Honors Permits From All States

  1. Richard July 11, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    What about living in a state that does not require a license to carry.

    • Jacob Paulsen July 11, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      Richard, if you live in a state with no permit required than that doesn’t grant you any reciprocity anywhere. That is why most states, even though they don’t require a permit to carry concealed; they keep their permit program (with the exception of Vermont). So get the permit even if it isn’t required locally. If you live in Vermont consider the Utah or Virginia non-resident permits as both are fairly easy to get and grant you extensive nationwide reciprocity.

  2. Drew July 11, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    A big step in the right direction!!!

  3. Jim July 23, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    Planning a trip to Pacific Northwest in Spring 2017. With all the insane Virginia back and forth, does Washington State accept the Virginia permit or not. Since the Va governor and AG screwed this up the proper info is almost impossible to acquire. Washington State DID have reciprocity with Va but then it was taken away. Has it been restored Jacob?


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