CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office has affirmed concealed carry recognition with Virginia.
This means Virginia will continue to recognize concealed handgun licenses issued to West Virginians who are age 21 and older.
“This ensures convenience in travel and peace of mind for West Virginia license holders choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Preserving this recognition is a victory for gun owners. We hope it remains intact for many years to come.”
Each year, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office engages in discussions with every state to ensure continued recognition of West Virginia’s concealed handgun licenses and explore the potential for expansion.
More announcements are expected as the Attorney General anticipates all existing concealed carry recognitions to continue or be enhanced as the annual discussions progress.
Recognition in Virginia is limited to concealed carry licenses issued to adults age 21 and older. It does not recognize West Virginia’s provisional licenses as issued to ages 18 to 20 – a matter consistent with past years.
The Attorney General previously announced continued recognition with Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Recognition from these states underscores the benefit of having a concealed carry license, as many states that allow West Virginians to carry concealed within their borders do so only on the basis of the person having a West Virginia concealed carry license.
Those wishing to obtain a concealed handgun license can do so by contacting their local sheriff’s office.
For a full list of states and more information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General’s Gun Reciprocity page at www.wvago.gov.