AG expands gun permit reciprocity

CHARLESTON – Alabama, Georgia and Colorado are now recognizing West Virginia concealed handgun permits, the West Virginia attorney general said.

“This is great news for West Virginia handgun owners because it means residents with concealed carry permits can legally travel to any state south of here and be confident their license will be recognized,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said. “Considering how many of our residents travel to the beaches of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, this is a great step forward for our state. In addition, people traveling west have one more state in which their licenses will be recognized.”

The state of West Virginia reached agreements for full reciprocity with the states of Georgia and Colorado. That means those states recognize West Virginia concealed carry permits, and West Virginia recognizes similar permits issued in those states.

Also, earlier this month, a law went into effect in Alabama that recognizes all out-of-state concealed handgun permits. West Virginia is in the process of securing full reciprocity with that state so Alabama residents can be sure that their handgun permits are recognized here, Morrisey said.

Georgia and Colorado are the 26th and 27th states, respectively, to have full reciprocity agreements with West Virginia. Last month, the state obtained full reciprocity with Idaho.