Virginia will no longer recognize conceal carry permits from 25 states including Pa.
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia says it will not recognize conceal carry permits issued in other states because out of state qualifications do not measure up to Virginia standards. It says those states gun laws aren’t tough enough.
The state is revoking concealed handgun permit recognition with 25 states, including Pennsylvania, effective February 1, 2016 because their laws are not sufficient to prevent someone who is disqualified under Virginia law from receiving a concealed handgun permit. These states therefore do not meet Virginia’s standards for issuance of a concealed handgun permit or for recognition of such permits.
Virginia’s concealed handgun permit law includes a list of dis-qualifiers and safeguards state officials say are designed to prevent potentially dangerous or irresponsible individuals from being able to lawfully conceal handguns, such as:
- An individual who has been ordered by a court to receive outpatient mental health treatment, who has received inpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment, or who has been adjudicated legally incompetent, mentally incapacitated, or not guilty by reason of insanity.
- An individual who is subject to a restraining order, or to a protective order
- An individual who has been convicted of stalking or has pending stalking charges
- An individual who has been convicted of any assault, assault and battery, sexual battery, discharging of a firearm or brandishing of a firearm within the three-year period immediately preceding the application, or has pending charges for any of the above
- An individual who has been convicted of a felony or has felony charges pending
- An individual who has been convicted of two or more misdemeanors within the five-year period immediately preceding the application
- An individual who is addicted to, or is an unlawful user or distributor of, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, or any controlled substance.*
- An individual who has been convicted of driving under the influence within the three years prior to the applicatio
- An individual who the court finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, based on specific acts by the applicant, is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others
- An individual whose juvenile adjudications would have constituted a felony conviction if committed by an adult
- An alien other than an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence
- An individual who is a fugitive from justice
- An individual who has been discharged from the armed forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions