Changes to Virginia's Gun Laws Might Affect Appalachian Trail Hikers

Published Dec 24, 2015

Virginia's new gun laws will no longer recognize permit from Louisiana.

Virginia's new gun laws will no longer recognize concealed gun permits from Louisiana.

This a news story about changes to the State of Virginia's gun laws, not interpretations of Second Amendment laws, rights or limitations.

More than 25% of the Appalachian Trail lies (lays?) within Virginia. Hikers from all across America visit iconic portions of the Trail there. The new regulations regarding gun laws in Virginia could affect many hikers; therefore, we are presenting this information without commentary.

Virginia has chosen to stop honoring concealed carry gun permits -- known as "reciprocity" -- from 25 other states. Reciprocity, generally speaking, is when states honor certain laws, like permits to carry concealed weapons, in return for having their permits honored in return.

In 2015, Virginia recognized concealed carry gun permits from 30 other states. As of February 1, 2016, Virginia will no longer honor permits issued by 25 of those states -- half of America -- unless gun laws in those states are changed to adhere to Virginia's laws.

Permits to carry a concealed weapon issued by any of these 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, as of February 1, 2016:

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.

Hikers breaking gun laws in Virginia are subject to life-changing penalties.

Click Here for Virginia's Gun Laws

National Park Service's Firearms Q&A

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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NotherPerspective on Dec 23, 2015
Hopefully, the overwelming majority of hikers will continue to not weigh themselves down with firearms, anyway.
Lisa on Dec 24, 2015
You were right with "lies." Good for you.
Gary on Dec 24, 2015
Won't bother me either way, they do not accept Alabama, so I couldn't carry anyway.
Appalachian Swede on Dec 26, 2015
Since I keep my "personal protection device", (a.k.a pistol) in my pack and don't say anything, it won't bother me either.