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Attorney General Morrisey, Montana enter into important concealed carry agreement

Release from the office of the W.Va. Attorney General: 

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reached an agreement with Montana that bolsters Second Amendment protections for residents of both states.

W. Va. Attorney General
Patrick Morrisey

“The Second Amendment is crucial to the foundation of our nation,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This agreement solidifies the ability of West Virginians to carry concealed weapons in Montana, while also expanding that right to Montanans who visit our beautiful state.”

The agreement represents another positive step for legal gun owners. It means concealed carry handgun permits issued by West Virginia or Montana will be mutually recognized as valid by either state.

The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office engaged in talks with Montana regarding the establishment of mutual recognition between the respective states.

West Virginia’s traditional license holders, ages 21 and older, had been long able to carry concealed handguns in Montana, as had West Virginia’s provisional license holders, ages 18 to 20, since fall 2016.

This agreement allows those from Montana visiting West Virginia to now enjoy the same freedom.

The agreement also underscores the benefit of having a concealed carry license, as many states that allow West Virginians to carry concealed within their borders do so while requiring a West Virginia license.

Those wishing to obtain a concealed handgun license can do so by contacting their local sheriff’s office.

For full information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General’s Gun Reciprocity page at

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