Last month, Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring took unilateral action to drop concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 other states, effective Feb. 1. However, as reported by the Washington Post, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will announce Friday that he will restore the agreements given some concessions, including that state police will be present at gun shows to perform voluntary background checks on private sales (via Townhall):
Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a stunning reversal of firearms policy that angered Republicans and gun rights advocates across the nation.
The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) severed the right for gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.
In exchange, Republicans will agree to some concessions, according to McAuliffe’s office and the office of House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford).
If an individual’s Virginia concealed-carry permit is revoked, a permit from another state will not be honored in Virginia — a practice known as “state shopping.”
State police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis.
Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offence will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order.
The policy changes will come in the form of bipartisan legislation before the General Assembly.
It’s unclear what changed McAuliffe’s mind. However, according to Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a state-based gun rights group, three Democratic members of the state senate are in support of SB 610, a total recognition legislation. Those three votes would have given the two-thirds majority needed to override a McAuliffe veto.
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