VA to Again Recognize Handgun Permits from Other States

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a reversal of a firearms policy that had received an uproar from Republicans and gun rights advocates across the U.S.

McAuliffe (D) struck a deal with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) ended the right of gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.

In return, Republicans will agree to a major concession: Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offense will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order.

The policy changes will come in the form of bipartisan legislation before the General Assembly.

The domestic violence bill will require individuals subject to a permanent protective order to sell or transfer their guns within 24 hours of the judge’s order.

In another concession, state police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis. McAuliffe’s budget includes $100,000 to fund the activity.

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