West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced in a statement that his office has affirmed concealed carry recognition with North Carolina and nine other states.
This means that North Carolina will continue to recognize both concealed carry handgun licenses and provisional licenses issued to West Virginians 18 years and older, the statement explains.
“This ensures convenience in travel and peace of mind for West Virginia license holders choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Morrisey said in the statement. “Preserving this recognition is a victory for gun owners. We hope it remains intact for many years to come.”
According to the statement, each year, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office engages in discussions with every state to ensure continued recognition of West Virginia’s concealed handgun licenses and explore the potential for expansion.
The statement also said that in addition to North Carolina, the Attorney General’s Office has also recently affirmed concealed carry reciprocity or recognition with Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.
The statement notes that more announcements are expected as Morrisey anticipates all existing concealed carry recognitions to continue or be enhanced as the annual discussions progress.
According to the statement, recognition in Arizona, Louisiana, Nebraska and Nevada is limited to concealed carry licenses issued to adults 21 and older. These states do not recognize West Virginia’s provisional licenses as issued to those ages 18-20, which is consistent to past years, the statement says.
The statement also says that provisional licenses are recognized in Georgia, Indiana, Missouri and Wyoming, as well as North Carolina.
The statement says that recognition from these states underscore the benefit of having a concealed carry license, as many states that allow West Virginians to carry concealed within their borders do so only on the basis of the person having a West Virginia concealed carry license.
The statement advises that those wishing to obtain a concealed handgun license can do so by contacting their local sheriff’s office.
For a full list of states and more information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General’s Gun Reciprocity page here.