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West Virginia, 16 States Reach Gun Reciprocity Expansions

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While a new law lets people 21 and older to carry covered-up guns without permits, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 16 states will recognize West Virginia’s expanded permits for 18- to 20-year-olds.

Morrisey says the states gave written assurances about provisional concealed carry permits for the 18- to 20-year-olds eligible under this year’s law. Previously, people needed to be 21 or older to get a state concealed carry permit.

They include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming.

There wasn’t, and still isn’t, a permit required for people 18 and older to open carry, like in a holster.

Though optional in state, West Virginia concealed carry permits for people 21 and older will still be acknowledged in 35 states.