Republicans and gun rights advocates continue to be outrage by last week’s announcement by Virginia's Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring that the state will no longer recognize concealed weapon permits issued by 25 other states as of February 2016. Republican state Sen. Bill Carrico has since announced that he will introduce legislation that would cut funding for the security detailed to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “A lot of the governor's power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I'll be getting with my colleagues to circumvent everything this governor has done on this point," Carrico said. "I have a budget amendment that I'm looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he's so afraid of guns, then I'm not going to surround him with armed state policemen."
Herring reasoned that the 25 states with which Virginia will sever relations are that he believes their gun controls are insufficient. Virginia would thus be put in the position of having reciprocity with five states but would prohibit Virginians from bearing arms in the states of Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wyoming because those states will not recognize permits issued by other states that do not recognize theirs.
The 25 states affected by Herring’s action are as follows: 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.
DailyKos – a leftist pro-Obama website that promotes gun control – wrote of Carrico:
“Lovely. McAuliffe has enraged state Republican lawmakers by vetoing a handful of their pro-gun bills. This move on permits was apparently the last straw. So now there's a not-so veiled invitation by Carrico to the state's gunowners to terrorize their governor.”
Republican lawmakers in the Old Dominion have since been pushing legislation that will compel the state to recognize concealed permits from every state. Legislation introduced by Carrico and Virginia Delegate Lee Ware (R-Dist 65) come as Republicans see Democrats in the governor’s mansion and the legislature seeking to seriously curtail gun rights.
The Washington Post claimed on December 26 that Virginia Republicans’ response to Herring’s threat is because of a GOP “losing streak in statewide races in Virginia.” However, so far the Republican-majority Virginia General Assembly has been consistently opposed to gun control measures issued by Gov. McAuliffe or Attorney General Herring.
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