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Georgia Does Not Honor Virginia. . . ME & Arcadia Nat Parks. . . . NH/VA Reciprocity

Georgia AG is stating that they will not honor the Virginia Permit to Carry. They are stating that Virginia will not honor permits Georgia issues to Military 18-20. Virginia requires those carrying with another states permit to be 21. Thing is Georgia honors at least six other states that will not honor a Georgia permit issued to those under 21. I don’t understand their reasoning as every state that honored Georgia in the past is honored by Georgia but they are now stating: Not Virginia! There are people maneuvering to get Georgia to honor Virginia and hoping they succeed. As I have seen over and over again through the years government moves very slowly when they want to! Georgia statute on how they honor other states is as follows.
Georgia's Firearm Permit Reciprocity | Georgia Department of Public Safety

The Maine State Police updated their website today backing off their requirement that a Maine Resident or Maine Non-Resident Permit was required to carry in Arcadia Nat Park. They are stating now that you have to have a permit they Issue or Honor. Do be aware that Maine does not honor all other states even though they have permitless carry. They are now stating this:

Acadia National Park (Maine Permit required; 12 M.R.S. §756) NOTE: Pursuant to 25 M.R.S. 2001-A (2)(F), Maine will recognize a concealed handgun permit issued by another state to its resident if that state recognizes Maine’s resident concealed handgun permits. A resident permit from that state is valid for concealed carry of a handgun within Acadia National Park

You can view this info at the Maine State Police Website here: State Police: Licenses & Permits: Concealed Handgun Permits

I have talked to those in charge in New Hampshire and they state there is a signed agreement with Virginia that was effective July 1, 2016. They also told me they would be updating their website shortly. Shortly to NH can be weeks as they have been slow in updating their site in the past. New Hampshire has not added Virginia to the list of state it honors as of posting this. https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/plupr.html

The Maine/VA/NH Info has already been added to Handgunlaw.us The changes in Maine and carry in Arcadia Nat. Park will be updated late this evening.
 

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As always, Gary, thanks for all the work you do to keep the most up to date information site up to date.
 
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I second that.. Really appreciate all that you do..
 

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I have been in contact with an assistant attorney general of Georgia regarding the lack of reciprocity with Virginia. Over the weekend, I sent her the following email. In part it says...

"Thank you for your response to my inquiry. However in doing a little research I have turned up several states, at least five, that have pretty much the same age criteria for concealed carry as does Virginia and make no special provision for active military personnel. Yet those states are recognized by Georgia and reciprocity exists. How is that right? How is it that while these other states' residents can legally carry in Georgia, Virginia residents can not do this?'

She responded yesterday morning with this...

"While there are other states that have different age requirements, it appears they nonetheless recognize all of Georgia’s concealed carry permits. Virginia has chosen not to do so. Because of this, reciprocity is not permitted under our law. There are limited situations which you may have or carry a weapon without a carry permit in Georgia, which you will find in OCGA 16-11-126."

I presume her mention of Georgia statute law refers to open carry. At any rate, it appears at this time that there remains a stalemate between Georgia and Virginia regarding full recognition and reciprocity. This doesn't bode well for me as I have already planned a trip to Georgia this summer. I may have to cancel that trip and just head to another state which recognizes my Virginia permit as it is probably too late to obtain a Utah permit.... which I should have done months ago.
 

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Thank you Gary, for these updates.
 
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