West Virginians who have concealed weapons permits can now legally carry their firearms in eight other states, and residents of those states can do the same in the Mountain State.
Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that he has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania.
The office already had full reciprocity agreements with Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Virginia. Seven other states recognize West Virginia permits, but the mountain state does not honor their permits. Those states are Vermont, Montana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan.
The Legislature changed state law earlier this year to allow the attorney general, rather than the governor, to negotiate such agreements.
Several other states formally recognize West Virginia's 82-thousand or more concealed weapons permits, but West Virginia does not yet have an agreement with those states guaranteeing that same recognition here.