Wednesday night, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee advanced SB 610, Senator Bryce Reeve's bill that would overturn Attorney Mark Herring's late December announcement that Virginia would no longer recognize the concealed handgun permits of 25 states, which will likely impact Virginia concealed handgun permit holders ability to carry in those states when traveling. SB 610 provides that a holder of a concealed handgun permit issued by any state who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia. The bill requires the Attorney General to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with other states that require an agreement to be in place before the state will recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state. Current law recognizes concealed handgun permits issued by states that (i) provide a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state and (ii) have requirements and qualifications that are adequate to prevent possession of a permit by persons who would be denied a permit in Virginia.
SB610 will be on final passage on Monday or Tuesday. You can find out how to contact your state Senator by clicking here.