Attorney General Morrisey Announces New Concealed Handgun Reciprocity Agreement With Idaho
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the State of West Virginia entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with the State of Idaho. As of July 23, 2013, Idaho became the 25th state to have a full reciprocity agreement with the State of West Virginia.
“I am pleased to announce the full reciprocity agreement with the State of Idaho,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “The Second Amendment ensures that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. Under my tenure as Attorney General, we will continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of West Virginians both in the State of West Virginia and as they travel across the United States.”
Under the new agreement and pursuant to W. Va. Code § 61-7-6a, a valid out-of-state permit or license to possess or carry a handgun is valid in West Virginia for the carrying of a concealed handgun so long as the following conditions are met:
1. The permit or license holder is twenty-one years of age or older;
2. The permit or license is in his or her immediate possession;
3. The permit or license holder is not a resident of the State of West Virginia; and,
4. The Attorney General has been notified by the Governor of the other state that the other state allows residents of West Virginia who are licensed in West Virginia to carry a concealed handgun to carry a concealed handgun in that state or the Attorney General has entered into a written reciprocity agreement with the appropriate official of the other state whereby the state agrees to honor West Virginia concealed handgun licenses in return for the same treatment.
West Virginia residents with a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) may legally carry a concealed handgun in states with full reciprocity agreements as well as states that formally recognize West Virginia permits. West Virginia has full handgun reciprocity agreements with twenty-five (25) states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Furthermore, the State has also received confirmation from seven (7) states that honor West Virginia concealed handgun licenses: Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Vermont, and Wisconsin. It is worth noting that Wisconsin only recognizes West Virginia concealed handgun licenses issued after June 8, 2012, and that concealed handgun licenses issued by these seven (7) states may not be honored by the State of West Virginia until further agreements are reached.
“Our office currently is working to secure additional recognition of West Virginia Concealed Handgun Licenses with several other states,” Morrisey said. “We look forward to having similar announcements in the near future.”
For information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General’s website at http://www.wvago.gov/gunrecep.cfm