New Reciprocity Law Now in Effect in Virginia

On July 1, 2016, the new law on reciprocity passed this last legislative session and signed by Governor Terry McAulliffe went into effect in Virginia.


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:

• the holder of such permit or license is at least 21 years of age; and
• 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
• the holder displays the permit or license and such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; and
• the permit or license holder has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked.

The legislation also provides that the Virginia State Police in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General will work with the various jurisdictions to secure reciprocal privileges for Virginia citizens desiring to carry concealed in other states.

Although the new law requires Virginia to grant recognition to all states that issue permits, those states may not authorize Virginia permit holders to possess a firearm in their state. You will need to contact each state to determine if they will recognize your Virginia permit.

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