The state of Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states with loose laws that have reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth, a major step forward for gun control efforts.
“While you are here, you are subject to the commonwealth’s gun laws,” Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) reportedly said in a news conference.
The change means Virginia’s standards for obtaining a concealed weapon are applied “evenly, consistently and fairly,” he added.
With this new policy, Virginia residents who have a history of stalking, drug dealing or inpatient mental-health treatment can’t get a gun permit in a different state with more lax laws and then bring it back home.
This effort, albeit fairly small in the bigger scheme of things, will help keep guns out the hands of people who are likely to be dangerous or irresponsible with a concealed handgun.
The 25 states whose permits will no longer be recognized in Virginia 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.
Herring deserves kudos for finding a way to tighten gun restrictions without going through the GOP-controlled legislatures. The reaction from Virginia republicans just proves they would have kicked this idea to the curb.
This is a big deal, especially considering just earlier this year Virginia experienced one of the most disturbing, traumatic shootings of two journalists on live television by someone who was mentally disturbed carrying a legal handgun.
Of course the republicans think this new policy is an extension of a bigger, “evil” liberal agenda to restrict Americans’ constitutional rights.
This seems to be a potentially effective measure to eliminate the loophole for people who have no business with guns to legally obtain them.
Over time, if this proves to be successful, other states are going to need to jump on board. This country can't handle too many more mass shootings before it implodes!
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