Va. senator wants to pass state law recognizing concealed carry permits nationwide

ABINGDON, VA (WJHL)- A southwest Virginia senator wants to pass a state law requiring Virginia to recognize concealed handgun carry permits from every state in the U.S.

This is coming on the heels of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s recent announcement that the Commonwealth will no longer recognize permits from 25 states, including Tennessee.

Senator Bill Carrico (R- District 40) is working on a bill that would strip Herring’s power to make that decision. He plans on filing it next week.

“My bill just simplifies it; recognizes all 50 states as being reciprocity with us and that way you can carry your weapon here if you’re from any other state, outside of Virginia and we’re going to recognize it,” Carrico said.

Herring’s order goes into effect Feb. 1. He said the change is due to the fact that 25 states do not have gun laws that are as strict as the ones in Virginia.

But Senator Carrico compares the permits to driver’s licenses. “People talk about guns and guns killing people. Cars kill more people than guns do and we recognize everyone’s driver’s license so we should be recognizing the concealed weapons permit; just treating it the same as we would a driver’s license. The laws in other states when it comes to driving are not the same as Virginia. As same as the laws to get a permit in Virginia are not the same.”

Carrico thinks his bill will get support once the General Assembly convenes on Wed., Jan. 13. Carrico said, “I really feel confident that we will pass some measure of that magnitude and then the governor will have to make a choice.

The senator said it is unlikely the bill could be passed before the Feb. 1 deadline, but he believes a lawsuit or injunction could be filed.

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