In a startling but not surprising move out of Richmond, Virginia’s attorney general announced the Commonwealth will sever CHP reciprocity agreements with 25 states of 30 states.
Early this morning, Virginia’s attorney general Mark Herring (D-VA) announced that reciprocity agreements with 25 of 30 states that have concealed handgun permits (CHP) will no longer be recognized.
Herring—who is an avowed gun control advocate—has claimed the results from his review will deny CHP’s to Virginians who have a history of stalking, drug abuse, or mental health treatment here and in states with comparatively lax gun laws.
In a statement issued to Washington Post, Herring had this to say about the move:
“To me, this is a commonsense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that Virginia’s laws on who can and cannot carry a concealed handgun are applied evenly, consistently, and fairly…Our General Assembly has already identified who can and cannot conceal handguns in Virginia, and we cannot have that decision undermined by recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards.”
Herring’s audit suggests that these 25 states have weaker regulations than Virginia’s existing gun laws.
This move comes after Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) signed an executive order forbidding most forms of concealed carry in Virginia state houses that recently went into effect.
Instead of going after law-abiding gun owners and enthusiasts, perhaps Herring and McAuliffe should dedicate their time for going after real criminals, not their political opponents?
For those of you in these 25 states and here in Virginia, it’s time to speak out against this illegal move. Should AG Herring be held accountable for usurping power and abusing the Attorney General’s office?