Attorney General Mark Herring’s controversial action revoking reciprocity agreements on concealed carry with 25 states was scrapped by a bi-partisan deal that will expand record checks in gun shows and take weapons away from those under protective orders involving domestic abuse.
This means someone who has items on their criminal record that would prevent getting approval for a concealed carry permit may find it harder to get around that prohibition by trying to buy a weapon from a private seller who is not a federally-licensed gun dealer at a gun show. Changes in Virginia law will make State Police available at gun shows to conduct background checks for dealers without licenses.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders in the General Assembly will announce the deal on Friday — two days before the reciprocity changes were supposed to go into effect.
Herring had not commented on the change to his ruling but McAuliffe said it is done.
“The governor believes this is a bipartisan deal that would keep Virginians safe,” said Brian Coy, spokesman for McAuliffe. Coy also praised Herring, saying his actions drove approval of the agreement.
“Without his leadership, this deal would not have been possible,” Coy said.
Surprisingly, the National Rifle Association is also endorsing the deal.
“The National Rifle Association commends leaders in the Commonwealth for moving forward on a bipartisan package that will benefit Virginia citizens,” says Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA, the organization’s lobbying arm.