The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 1, 2013

W.Va. enters new handgun license reciprocity deals

West Virginia announced Wednesday it had entered into reciprocity agreements on concealed handgun licenses with Iowa and New Hampshire, bringing the total number of states that recognize the state’s concealed carry licenses to 36.

Atty Gen. Patrick Morrisey said that of those states, 29 are reciprocity/mutual recognition states, meaning West Virginia also recognizes concealed carry licenses issued by those states. Currently West Virginia does not recognize the licenses issued in the other seven states.

“These new agreements are great news for legal gun owners in West Virginia who wish to practice their Second Amendment rights when they travel to and through other states,” Morrisey said. “The State of Iowa previously agreed to recognize concealed handgun permits issued by West Virginia, but with this new mutual recognition agreement, Iowans with concealed carry permits will have the same rights in West Virginia.”

Under a full reciprocity/mutual recognition agreement, other states recognize West Virginia concealed carry permits, and West Virginia recognizes similar permits issued in those states. Iowa and New Hampshire are the 28th and 29th states, respectively, to enter into agreements with West Virginia.

“These agreements are the culmination of many weeks of discussion and negotiation with other states, and we look forward to securing even more agreements with other states in the months to come,” Morrisey said.

Since this summer, the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General has added five states — Idaho, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa and New Hampshire — to the list of states with which it has full reciprocity or mutual recognition agreements. In addition, the state of Alabama also agreed to recognize valid West Virginia concealed carry permits; however, West Virginia does not yet recognize similar permits issued in Alabama.

For information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, visit the attorney general’s website at

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