UPDATE: Ala., W.Va. Sign Concealed-Carry Gun Agreements

By: Todd Baucher, The Associated Press Email
By: Todd Baucher, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 12/12/2013 1:45 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia and Alabama agree to recognize each other's concealed-carry handgun permits.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the reciprocity agreement on Wednesday in a news release.

Morrisey says the agreement brings to 30 the number of states with which West Virginia has full reciprocity agreements. It's the sixth agreement announced since July.

Six other states recognize West Virginia's concealed-carry permits. Morrisey says West Virginia does not currently recognize permits issued by those states.

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UPDATE 10/30/2013 3:05 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia will now legally recognize concealed-carry handgun permits issued by the states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the reciprocity agreement Wednesday in Charleston. He says it brings the total number of states that will honor West Virginia's concealed-carry permits to 36.

West Virginia, in turn, recognizes permits from a total of 29 other states.

Iowa and New Hampshire residents can now carry their guns in West Virginia as long as they're 21 or older, and they have their permits with them.

Morrisey says the agreements grew from weeks of negotiations. He looks forward to securing similar deals with more states.

Since this summer, his office has also added Idaho, Colorado and Georgia to the list of states with full reciprocity agreements.

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Updated: 8/21/2013 6:20 P.M.

The state of West Virginia recently reached agreements for full reciprocity on concealed handgun carry with the states of Georgia and Colorado.

That announcement came Wednesday from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office.

In addition, earlier this month, a new law went into effect in Alabama that recognizes all out-of-state concealed handgun permits.

West Virginia is in the process reaching an agreement with that state so Alabama residents' handgun permits are recognized in the mountain state.

The state already has agreements in effect with nearly all of its neighboring states, including Ohio. Maryland is the only exception.


Updated: 8/09/2013 6:15 P.M.

The debate in Washington, D.C. over increased gun control has led to a different kind of increase: in the number of people buying guns and taking steps to use them.

Stores like Cain's Outdoors in Boaz have had trouble keeping the shelves stocked, particularly with ammunition.

"We've seen a lot more demand from the usual shooters," says owner Scott Cain, "and the first-time shooter, we've seen an increase in them as well."

In Ohio, more than 60,000 new and renewed permits to carry concealed weapons were approved in the first half of 2013. 48,000 of those came between April and July. In Washington County, permit approvals are on pace to double those of the previous record year, just three years ago.

"We had the highest July figures we ever had," says Sheriff Larry Mincks. "In fact, if you take the originals and reissues, we are about 300 ahead of the most we've issued in any one year, which was 2010."

To get a concealed carry permit, you have to take classes to learn how to properly handle a weapon. and interest in those is also high. Cain's Outdoors is among those who holds those classes.

"We've seen a lot of new students, as well as experienced shooters who have said, ' I haven't had one, so I ought to get one'. For the foreseable future, I (expect this trend to continue)."

In Ohio, 76,000 total concealed carry licenses were issued last year. this year's half-year numbers indicate the 2012 total will be surpassed.

Sheriff Mincks says the permit applications include those who don't use weapons, but who believe they may eventually need to carry a concealed weapons.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Idaho.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made the announcement Friday. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other.

Morrisey says West Virginia now has full reciprocity agreements with 25 states. Seven additional states honor West Virginia permits, but concealed carry licenses issued by those states are not currently recognized by West Virginia.

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