WINFIELD, W.Va. – West Virginians with concealed handgun permits can now add New Hampshire and Iowa to the states that have reciprocity/mutual recognition agreements with West Virginia.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the change on Wednesday alongside Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Winfield.

“West Virginia now has reciprocity agreements, or recognition, from 36 states. That’s significant,” said Morrisey.

Sheriff Deweese said he used to get calls all the time from West Virginians heading out of state wondering what they needed to do with their firearms when they entered a non-reciprocity state.

“They need to stop before getting to the state line and put all their ammo separate from their weapon into the trunk,” explained Deweese.

He doesn’t get those calls as much anymore now that more state’s have agreements with West Virginia.

In just the past few months Morrisey has also added Georgia, Colorado and Idaho to the list of states with CHL agreements with West Virginia. The only neighboring state without an agreement with West Virginia is Maryland. In fact, the bulk of states with no agreements with West Virginia are in the northeast.

Morrisey hopes to work with other attorneys general to come up with agreements in the future. He said it’s an American’s Second Amendment right to carry a gun and that should apply anywhere you go.

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  • wvman75

    The Attorney General is doing a great job.

  • TX Hunter

    Anyone else find it ironic that the states with the most restrictive gun laws have the most gun-related homicide.

    If McGraw would have established reciprocity, what kept him from doing so? This isn't a new concept; just one that he apparently didn't embrace.

    Good for WV and good for Morrisey for championing the cause of free people.

  • Tim C

    Anybody think Darrell Mcgraw would have accomplished this?????? Just sayin....

    • C. F. T.

      Yes he would and reach agreement with the majority of States.

      • jeremy

        Yeah, right.

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  • Habib Haddad

    Thank you AG but I carry in every state (including and especially MD and DC) with or without a CC permit. Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • Medman

    The big problem is that the states that do not allow CC are the ones with the most crimes and are the places you really need one.

    • Jason

      Tell me about it, I moved to Maryland 10 years ago (born and raised in WV), it is almost impossible to get a CC permit here, to the point where nobody even applies because they just know they will be turned down. The thing about Maryland is, geographically, the majority of the state is safe and relatively rural with farms, etc...99% of the problems are concentrated in the very densely populated urban areas and suburbs of Baltimore and DC...and since that is where the mass of the population is in the state, they control the whole state...and it is a disaster...politically. Luckily, the county I live in, is very reasonable and tries to distance itself from the urban politics as much as possible. Word to the wise, if you live in the western panhandle of WV and/or you happen to be passing through MD, DO NOT HAVE A LOADED GUN IN THE CAR, they will make an example out of you. MD was about to turn the corner, somebody was challenging their gun laws all the way to the supreme court and it was about to be overturned, right when Sandy Hook happened and then the political wheels started turning and set us back at square one. Another word to the wise, our Governor O'Malley is dead set to try to get on the presidential ticket, it would be one of the worst disasters ever, if that man gets any power at the federal level. He is a textbook smooth and slimy politician. Do Not Be Fooled!

  • Clark

    Very good. Law abiding citiziens should be able to carry a gun.


    Awesome. I can now go all the way to Florida and the Midwest with a concealed carry. Good work.