Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia

Terry McAuliffe
Governor Terry McAuliffe : Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -( The National Rifle Association (NRA) commends Virginia’s leaders for reaching an agreement to secure the rights of law-abiding concealed carry permit holders.

H.B. 1163 and S.B. 610 which will restore and promote concealed carry reciprocity for permit holders in the Commonwealth and around the country, were signed into law today.

“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 decided to sever 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.

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.

“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.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

  • 21 thoughts on “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia

      1. Actually Jim, McAuliffe is a die-hard anti. The last thing he will ever do is stand up for gun owners. Attorney Degenerate Mark Herring kicked over SUCH a hornets’ nest that McAuliffe was facing an embarrassing all-but-certain veto override. Mac was covering his OWN ass, nothing more. But yes, I applaud him for standing up TO the onslaught from Hizzoner and his minions. I honestly thought he’d cave. I had him wrong.

        1. Not to mention the tens of thousands of citizens that raised hell over the move to cut off our carry agreements and this just eleven months before the election that the democrats can’t win without Virginia. All of the mad gun owners here in VA would have gone to the voting booth with the fact that they couldn’t visit friends and family safely burning in their brain. I just hope they have finally developed a long term memory on how the DNC treats and plans to treat them in the future.

    1. until yu can drive from sea to shining sea what good does it really do. I live in Delaware cant drive to Florida without going thru Georgia. So unless other states join up its kind of a bad plan, coz yu just cant travel without passing thru a non reciprocal state and the possibility of whatever the tickets and fines and probably confiscation laws are

    2. This quick turnaround by Virginia is surprising. I know we launched a significant campaign to challenge the VA AG and Governor’s plans. But, you would never know from this article who or what was behind the reversal of mind by McAuliffe.

    3. Attorney General Mark Herring did not decide on his own to sever reciprocity agreements. Scumbag McAuliffe at the urging of Michael ‘Big Gulp’ Bloomberg, directed Herring the lemming to do so. McAuliffe signed because there was pending legislation to remove his security detail among other things. Herring, McAuliffe and Bloomberg are all enemies of the American people and it should be so noted.

    4. This is NOT as people see it. Rights are still slowly being chipped away in this deal. When the initial cancellation of reciprocity occurred, there was an outcry. A “deal” was made here where the reciprocity was reinstated, essentially unchanged from its initial form, in trade for a few “concessions” by the gun-rights side. So, they take away rights then state we will restore them IF these other more restrictive items are included. Now that the restoration of reciprocity has occurred back again to essentially its original form, the gun-rights side is falsely feeling victorious all while the anti-gun side IS victorious in further tightening of the “gun laws.” They indeed won another small, but significant, victory in the assault on the Second Ammendment here and most people don’t even see that for what it is – right existed… right taken away… right reinstated WITH other restrictions… How is that a victory for the side fighting for those rights? Net change is more anti-gun laws after some shill lip service from your “advocates.”

      1. I have to disagree with you, Warrior.
        First, reciprocity is NOT reinstated unchanged. We are going from Reciprocity-by-Agreement, to Universal Recognition, which will automatically give us three or more new states, and open the door to agreements with others.
        Second, the voluntary bgc at gun shows is a GOOD thing, for two reasons. Every year, we face bgc bills. They take all kinds of forms. From here out, we know EXACTLY what we will be fighting, “voluntary” to “mandatory”. bgc bills just became as predictable as a Swiss watch. More importantly, we have robbed the other side of all URGENCY. No longer can they claim we “need” bgcs. Our friends at the Va General Assembly will simply counter with, “Don’t we already HAVE back ground checks? What is wrong with what we have? Don’t fix what aint broke!”
        Third, the possession ban for PERMANENT protective orders is a joke. It is already illegal under feral, ahem, I mean federal law, so we aren’t really giving away ANYTHING!
        Truth is, this is a very lopsided deal, one McAuliffe only made because he HAD to.

    5. It is nice that Virginia responded quickly. But passage of National Reciprocity and amending Federal GFSZ law to include reciprocity and lawful self-defense may have been setback. The news about VA could have been the leverage needed to force the dozen states thar refuse all . NYC doesn’t even recognize a NYS CWW!

    6. Notice that the NRA does not come out and say what they actually did to promote this deal (actual compromise). VCDL was the prime mover and made a lot of tweaks to the legislation. The NRA is best kept at a distance when it comes to Virginia politics and we prefer it that way. VCDL knows best and has and will handle the gun laws of Virginia for Virginians.
      So let the disarmanuts squeal and cry about the mean ol’ NRA. The VCDL will be there every time to thwart them.

      1. I have had dealings with both the VCDL and the WVCDL and both of them make the NRA look like amateur chicken pluckers trying to deal with gun rights in comparison to what the CDLs are able to accomplish. For what it is worth, in my opinion, your money is far better spent with the VCDL than with the NRA.

    7. Actually guys, the NRA WAS in on this before we were. Philip and I took a very active position once Senator Reeves brought us in, but calling us the “prime mover” is taking credit for other peoples’ work. We all know an organization or two that does that…smirk…but VCDL does not!

      In this case, NRA really was here first. But it is true: VCDL DOES know best, WILL handle the gun laws, AND WE WILL be there to thwart infringements! I’m not going to go so far as to say that we make the NRA look like “amateur chicken pluckers”…but only for fear of looking arrogant! Warrior is DEAD-ON! Your money is FAR better spent here!

      Who said it? “They’ll have to kill me to shut me up!” I second the motion!

      1. “I’m not going to go so far as to say that we make the NRA look like ‘amateur chicken pluckers’ … but only for fear of looking arrogant!”

        I have no problem saying it for you.

    8. Good the reciprocity system was not taken away as it was at first…. but how many know that came at a cost? First they took away the Blue Ball, one we like a lot. Then when we cried and stamped our feet, they said they’d give us back the Blue Ball, but only if we let them have the GREEN Ball….. another one we like, but not so much. So, before they got nannified, we had both “balls”….. they took one, gave it back in exchange for the other one… so we now have one less ball because they hornswoggled us, big time. And the NRA stand there and cheer. and want US to cheer right alongside them? Guess again, bozo. And they want MY MONEY? Nah. Not till they start getting chuffed about ANY diminishing of our rights.
      NRA should have screamed and hollered and mobilised masses of folks to stand in front of that corrupt Legislature and DEMAND reciprocit be restored, with NO diminution of any other rights. We lost ground, and they are cheering?

      And WHEN will NRA get their backsides behind national reciprocity? Sure, the kinyun will veto it. But get it going, so that when the kinyun has been dispensed with his replacement can sign it. Oh and make Nationial Reciprocity a condition of any candidate endorsement. Time NRA’s FIVE MILLION members get their nickel’s worth.

      1. You are the first person who I have seen, obviously besides myself, who understands exactly what happened here. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can see clearly.

    9. I have a novel proposition (which I am practicing myself). How about we tell these politicians to GO POUND SAND, refuse (as I am) to beg for a “permission slip” from our SERVANTS, and just exercise our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED? I made my decision some time ago, and if I feel the need or want to carry, then I’ll carry. It is MY decision, not THEIRS.

    10. These mege wealthy people sitting in there ivory towers while being protected by a string of armed guards everywhere they go dont think guns are nececeary, just try to take the guns away from. regular people ,hunters ,veterans, (AK) snipers and let see what happens.We are protecting our rights! against people like these,they might have all the money in the world ,but nothing can stop a pissed off bullitt

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