Concealed Carry Permits Issued In 25 States No Longer Valid In VA

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The state of Virginia no longer wants gun-toting fugitives, convicted stalkers, drug dealers, and other unsavory characters from outside the state, to feel safe and welcome inside its borders. Go figure.

As of February 1, 2016, concealed carry permits obtained in one of the 25 U.S. states that hands them out to criminals and fugitives will no longer be recognized in Virginia.

According to the Virginia State Police website, a legal review of the state’s current handgun permit agreements with 30 other states found that the vast majority of those states failed to meet the same standards that Virginia sets out for concealed carry permit holders.

Under Virginia law, the state is supposed to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states only under a specific set of circumstances.
According to Virginia Code § 18.2-308.014, permits issued by other states are valid only when

“requirements and qualifications of that state’s law are adequate to prevent possession of a permit or license by persons who would be denied a permit in the Commonwealth under this article.”

The law also requires the Superintendent of the State Police to work with the Attorney General’s office to periodically review the state’s handgun reciprocity agreements.

A review of the existing 30 agreements between Virginia and other states found that 25 of them failed to meet this standard.

Beginning in February, Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry permits issued in any of the following states:

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Minnesota
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming

All of the states on the list hand out permits to people who would not be able to obtain one under Virginia law, including fugitives, convicted stalkers, drug dealers and other potentially dangerous criminals.

In a statement published on the State Attorney General Office’s website on December 22, Virginia AG Mark Herring said,

“To me, this is a commonsense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that our concealed carry laws and safety standards apply to everyone in Virginia, whether they are a resident or a visitor. Strong, consistent enforcement of Virginia’s laws and safety standards can prevent disqualified people who may be dangerous or irresponsible from utilizing a concealed handgun permit, and it’s what the law requires.

Herring went on to say that Virginia’s state Assembly “has already identified who can and cannot conceal their handguns in Virginia. Those standards should apply to everyone in Virginia equally, at all times. They should not be undermined by wrongly recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards.”

Not surprisingly, the NRA and right wing nuts who subscribe to the NRA’s propaganda and lies are furious that the state is following its own law. How dare they?

After all it IS all about state’s rights, right? It is, except when they don’t like a state’s laws. Then it’s all about the federal government and the Constitution. Just not the parts of the Constitution they also don’t like.

You’ll never hear a conservative mention the words “well regulated militia,” even though those words are enshrined in the supposedly sacred Second Amendment. They prefer the highly edited and distorted right wing version, which deletes any mention of the word “regulated.” How else could they claim that all attempts to regulate guns are unconstitutional?

You’ll also never hear them talk about the duties of Congress, which are supposed to include equipping, training and overseeing the Second Amendment’s “well-regulated militia.” Talking about Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution would utterly destroy the myth that America’s founders intended to create a nation of armed vigilantes, criminals and cowards who can’t go to the grocery store without a gun secured to their hip.

Good for Virginia, for standing up to the NRA and enforcing its own laws, within its own borders.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info