CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three more states have been added to the list of places where West Virginians with a valid concealed weapons permit can legally carry a concealed pistol.
A new law passed in Alabama and new concealed weapons reciprocity agreements with Georgia and Colorado bring to 35 the number of states where licensed West Virginia permit holders can carry concealed, said state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
West Virginia now has reciprocity agreements with 27 states, meaning that licensed West Virginians can legally carry a concealed weapon in those states, and licensed concealed weapons permit holders in those states may legally carry concealed in West Virginia. Another eight states recognize West Virginia concealed weapons permits within their borders.
"This is great news for West Virginia handgun owners because it means residents with concealed weapons permits can legally travel to any state south of here and be confident their license will be recognized," Morrisey said.
Gun safety advocates have questioned whether reciprocity laws between states are a good idea, because they require states with tougher gun safety rules to accept other states' weaker gun permitting laws as binding, giving their citizens less protection.
Officials in the Attorney General's office say West Virginians carrying concealed weapons in other states are bound by the handgun laws in those states while there.
West Virginia now has full concealed carry reciprocity agreements with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
West Virginians with a valid concealed weapons permit may also carry concealed in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Vermont and Wisconsin.
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