Victory: Gov. McAuliffe To Restore Reciprocity Agreements For Concealed Carry Holders

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 2:43 PM
Victory: Gov. McAuliffe To Restore Reciprocity Agreements For Concealed Carry Holders

Last December, Katie wrote about the horrible news that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was planning on gutting concealed carry reciprocity agreements with nearly two-dozen states. That provision was set to go into effect on February 1. Now, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce tomorrow that he will restore those agreements. It comes with some concessions, specifically having State Police present at gun shows to perform voluntary background checks on private sales (via WaPo):

Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a stunning reversal of firearms policy that angered Republicans and gun rights advocates across the nation.

The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) severed the right for gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.

In exchange, Republicans will agree to some concessions, according to McAuliffe’s office and the office of House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford).

If an individual’s Virginia concealed-carry permit is revoked, a permit from another state will not be honored in Virginia — a practice known as “state shopping.”

State police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis.

Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offence will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order.

The policy changes will come in the form of bipartisan legislation before the General Assembly.

After the Christmas holidays, the National Rifle Association announced that they were going to work on total recognition legislation with the Virginia legislature that would not only recognize valid permits from other states, but “further require the attorney general to enter into a reciprocity agreement with any state that requires an agreement in order to recognize Virginia concealed handgun permits.”

On January 18, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a state-based gun rights group, held their lobby day in Richmond, where its president, Philip Van Cleave, noted that three Democrats (Sens. John Edwards, Lynwood Lewis, and Chap Petersen) in the state senate supported SB 610, a total recognition piece of legislation, which would have edged them closer to the two-thirds majority needed to override an expected McAuliffe veto; the House of Delegates already has a Republican supermajority.

Editor's note: I have the unfortunate disposition of horrible at math. You need 27 senators to override a veto, not 24. I've updated the post to reflect the changes. Sorry about that, folks.