Virginia: no concealed carry permits from these 25 states, open carry still legal

According to a press release, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia State Police have completed an audit and update of the 30 states whose concealed handgun permits have been considered valid within the Commonwealth.

The following 25 states’ concealed handgun permits will no longer be recognized by the Commonwealth:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware #
  • Florida *
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana *
  • Minnesota #
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota *
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania *
  • South Carolina *
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Washington #
  • Wisconsin #
  • Wyoming *

* indicates states that will no longer recognize Virginia concealed handgun permits because of laws in those states that require mutual recognition of permits

# indicates states that do not currently recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit

However, according to the Virginia State Police, “A firearm may be carried openly in Virginia except where prohibited by statute. Please refer to Sections 18.2-279 to 18.2-311.2. The Code of Virginia may be searched at

Article I, Section 13 of the Virginia State Constitution states, “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”

According to, in Virginia, “there is complete state preemption of all firearms laws, open carry is increasingly common and law enforcement is well educated as to its legality.”

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