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AG Schmidt praises Virginia decision to continue recognizing Kansas concealed carry permits

Release Date: Mar 01, 2016

TOPEKA – (March 1, 2016) – Virginia will continue to recognize Kansas concealed carry handgun permits, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Legislation signed into law Friday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe continues the commonwealth’s practice of recognizing Kansas permits, effectively reversing a December decision by Virginia’s attorney general that would have revoked recognition of permits issued by Kansas and 24 other states. Schmidt’s office received a letter today from the Virginia State Police Superintendant that confirms Kansas permits will continue to be recognized.

Soon after the December decision to revoke recognition of Kansas permits, Schmidt sent a letter to his Virginia counterpart objecting to the change. Schmidt welcomed the new legislation adopted last week in Richmond.

“With this change of course in Virginia, the situation for Kansas permits holders traveling in Virginia will remain unchanged,” Schmidt said. “Kansas permits will remain valid in Virginia as they have been since 2014.”

A total of 36 states in addition to Kansas currently recognize Kansas-issued permits. A copy of the Virginia State Police Superintendant’s letter is available at

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