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Virginia Reciprocity Changes: What You Need to Know

Since the time of this article’s posting, the changes to reciprocity listed in this article have been changed and postponed by the Governor of Virginia. Please read more recently published articles to learn more.

The latest news in the world of concealed carry is the changes to Virginia’s permit reciprocity. Here’s an easy to read breakdown of what to expect when the changes go into effect on February 1, 2016.

1. Virginia will no longer recognize permits from these states. If you live outside of Virginia and you want to carry there, read this list.
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.

If you live in one of these states, you’ll need to get the Virginia non-resident permit in order to carry concealed in Virginia.

2. These states will no longer recognize a Virginia concealed carry permit (resident or non-resident). If you want to carry in one of these states with a Virginia permit, read this list.
Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

If you’re a resident of one of these states, you’ll need to get a permit from another state (with a reciprocity agreement) or your own state in order to carry concealed.

3. Don’t worry, these states will still recognize a¬†Virginia resident concealed carry permit.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana*, Iowa*, Kansas*, Kentucky*, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska*, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma*, Tennessee*, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia*

4. Don’t worry, these states will still recognize a Virginia non-resident concealed carry permit.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana*, Iowa*, Kansas*, Kentucky*, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska*, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma*, Tennessee*, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia*, Wisconsin*

*These states require their residents to obtain their home state permit if they wish to carry concealed legally in their home state. Without your home state permit you can still travel legally concealed in the other 23 states.

To read the official announcement from the Virginia Attorney General, click here. This list is just an un-official summary of that announcement.

Virginia permit holders should contact each jurisdiction to determine if their permit will be recognized prior to carrying in that jurisdiction.

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