- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Tuesday the commonwealth will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits form 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the state.

Mr. Herring’s office said that permits from states with more lax concealed carry laws than Virginia’s will no longer be considered legal in the commonwealth. Out of 30 states that Virginia has entered into reciprocity agreements with, 25 have regulations that are weaker than Virginia‘s.

“In order for another state’s concealed handgun permit to be recognized as valid by the Commonwealth of Virginia, that state’s laws must be “adequate to prevent possession of a permit or license by persons who would be denied a permit in the Commonwealth,” Mr. Herring’s office said in the statement.

The states 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 and Wyoming.

Agreements will remain with West Virginia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

The move also means Virginians with a history of stalking, drug dealing or inpatient mental-health treatment cannot obtain a permit in a state with comparatively weaker laws and carry a handgun legally at home.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Mr. Herring called the law a “common-sense step that can make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that Virginia’s laws on who can and cannot carry a concealed handgun are applied evenly, consistently and fairly.”

Mr. Herring’s announcement is the latest push for stricter gun control in Virginia, a trend the state’s Democratic administration has strongly and publicly supported in the wake of mass shootings in which the attackers obtained guns legally or suffered from mental illness.

Virginia law lists 20 conditions that would disqualify a person from being issued a concealed carry handgun permit. They include anyone in the United States illegally, subject to a protection from abuse order, or convicted of various criminal charges from drunken driving to assault and battery, The Post reported.

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