West Virginia, Wisconsin reach concealed-carry reciprocity agreement

West Virginia and Wisconsin have reached an agreement in which concealed-carry handgun permits will be mutually recognized as valid in either state.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the agreement on Friday, marking it as an historical, positive step for gun owners in both states.

“I take protecting the Second Amendment rights of legal gun owners seriously,” Morrisey said. “Residents of West Virginia and those who visit here should be able to exercise their right to bear arms.”

Concealed carry holders from West Virginia have long been able to carry concealed firearms in Wisconsin, and a recent letter from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will now allow West Virginia to recognize concealed carry permits from Wisconsin, giving visitors from the Badger State the same opportunity to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

West Virginians are allowed to carry concealed handguns in their home state without obtaining a permit, but must have a concealed-carry permit for out-of-state travel.

Morrisey indicated West Virginia now has full handgun reciprocity agreements or mutual recognition with 34 states, and three other states also recognize West Virginia’s concealed-carry permits.