Gov. McAuliffe signs gun control compromise into law

Governor Terry McAuliffe finalized a historic bipartisan agreement to make Virginia safer on Friday by signing three key pieces of legislation into law.

The deal would expand the rights of concealed-carry handgun permit holders in Virginia and around the country in exchange for tighter restrictions on domestic abusers and voluntary background checks at gun shows.

The reciprocity law reverses a bold step Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) took in December to revoke the rights of hundreds of thousands of permit holders from 25 states with standards more relaxed than Virginia’s. Now, the state will recognize the right to carry concealed arms for visitors from nearly all states that issue concealed handgun permits, and Virginians with a permit should be able to carry weapons in those states.


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