When he was running to be Virginia’s Attorney General, the National Rifle Association [NRA] was so afraid of Mark Herring that they pumped over $20,000 into the campaign coffers of his opponent.
And now Attorney general Herring — yes, he won the election — is proving that the NRA had a need to be afraid. He is closing down a loophole that allows everyone with a concealed carry permit from another state to carry a firearm in Virginia:
"Our General Assembly has already identified who can and cannot conceal handguns in Virginia, and we cannot have that decision undermined by recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards.”
But, beginning February 1, Virginia will no longer allow people with concealed carry permits from other states — like Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming — to automatically carry concealed handguns in Virginia.
And that’s because the attorney general's office found that those 25 states grant concealed carry permits using “more permissive standards,” than Virginia; in fact, some of those states allow people with histories of stalking, drug dealing, domestic violence and mental health problems to obtain permits to carry a concealed weapon.
And what is even more amazing is that Herring made this move even though he is facing reelection next year. His only opponent so far is Delegate Robert Bell III, a former state prosecutor, who will, no doubt, be getting a big fat check from the NRA.
And here’s hoping that money goes to waste as well.