W.Va., Idaho seal deal on handguns

CHARLESTON – West Virginia and Idaho have reached a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

Idaho is the 25th state to have a full reciprocity agreement with West Virginia, he said.

West Virginia residents with a valid concealed handgun license 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 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.

Under the new agreement and according to the state code, 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 if the:

* The permit or license holder is 21 or older.

* The permit or license is in their immediate possession.

* The permit or license holder is not a resident of West Virginia.

* 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.

Seven states honor West Virginia concealed handgun licenses: Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Vermont and Wisconsin. Wisconsin only recognizes West Virginia concealed handgun licenses issued after June 8, 2012, and that concealed handgun licenses issued by these seven states may not be honored by West Virginia until further agreements are reached.

“We look forward to having similar announcements in the near future,” Morrisey said.