West Virginia gun owners can now benefit from reciprocity agreements with Iowa and New Hampshire.
"These new agreements are great news for legal gun owners in West Virginia who wish to practice their Second Amendment rights when they travel to and through other states," Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a news release Wednesday.
Morrisey noted that Iowa previously agreed to recognize concealed handgun permits issued by West Virginia, but the slight change now means Iowa residents with concealed carry permits will have the same rights in West Virginia.
Under a full reciprocity/ mutual recognition agreement, other states recognize West Virginia's concealed carry permits, and West Virginia recognizes similar permits issued in those states.
Since summer, five states -- Idaho, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa and New Hampshire - have been added to the list of those with which West Virginia has full reciprocity or mutual recognition agreements. Alabama also has agreed to recognize valid West Virginia concealed carry permits; however, West Virginia does not yet recognize similar permits issued there.
West Virginia residents with a valid concealed handgun license may legally carry a concealed handgun in states with full reciprocity agreements as well as states that formally recognize West Virginia permits.
The 29 states with which West Virginia has a full reciprocity agreement are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Residents with a valid CHL also may legally carry their weapons in Alabama, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
For more specific information regarding concealed handgun licenses, visit www.wvago.gov/gunrecep.cfm.