Managing Deputy Attorney General Tom Smith said state officials just completed a written agreement with North Dakota to recognize West Virginia concealed weapons permits, and paperwork is in the mail to finalize an agreement with Delaware. “It should be back any day now,” Smith said Wednesday.
The new agreements will bring to 20 the number of states with which West Virginia has concealed weapons reciprocity. The reciprocity agreements mean those states recognize valid West Virginia concealed weapons permits, and West Virginia recognizes theirs.
Once the deal with Delaware is final, West Virginians with valid concealed weapons permits will be able to legally carry a hidden gun in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia under written agreements between West Virginia and those states.
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Smith said Indiana, Montana and Vermont automatically recognize West Virginia concealed weapons permits without the need for a written reciprocity agreement, and Idaho and Kansas appear to recognize West Virginia's permits. “If you're going to Idaho or Kansas, call them to get a local answer,” he said. Read more