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Virginia's AG Rejects Concealed Carry Permits From 25 States

Virginia will no longer consider concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states valid, saying their vetting process for gun owners is too lax.

By Grant Suneson | December 22, 2015

If you’re planning a trip to Virginia, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to bring your gun.

The commonwealth’s Attorney General Mark Herring announced Tuesday that concealed carry permits from 25 states won’t be valid in Virginia, saying the states don’t have tough enough standards for gun ownership.

Virginia had reciprocity agreements with 30 states regarding concealed carry laws, but only Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia were deemed tough enough on issuing permits.

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Some of the states that were nixed allow people with convictions for stalking or drug dealing to own guns. Virginia doesn’t. Herring said he didn’t want to allow people who hadn’t been vetted to his state’s standards to be able to circumvent the law.

He said in a statement, "Carrying a concealed handgun is a significant responsibility that should be extended only to those who have gone through a process to prove a level of competency and responsibility."

Republicans were quick to criticize the predictably divisive plan, saying Herring overstepped his bounds as attorney general.

Herring’s challenger for re-election in 2017, Robert Bell, told The Washington Post, "Instead of doing the job he was elected to do, Mark Herring continues to put the political goals of his liberal supporters ahead of sound legal judgement."

The new law will go into effect Feb. 1, 2016.

This video includes images from Getty Images and Ron Cogswell / CC BY 2.0

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