Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D-PA) announced the completion of a review of concealed carry reciprocity agreements that the commonwealth has with other states. According to his release, Pennsylvania now recognizes the carry permits of 29 other states which is up one from before the review. Conversely, the number of states recognizing the Pennsylvania permit remains at 32.
Shapiro announced a tool on his website that allows you to check whether your permit is good in Pennsylvania or whether your Pennsylvania permit is good in other states. All you need to do is click on the outline of the state in question to find out the reciprocity status. I did this for all the states bordering Pennsylvania and it was quite interesting. The border states with the strictest gun control – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York – have no reciprocity with Pennsylvania in either direction. However, both Ohio and West Virginia which are much more gun friendly have complete reciprocity with the commonwealth.
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Pennsylvania now recognizes the carry permits of 29 states. From the release on the additions and one subtraction.
Pennsylvania has entered into updated reciprocity agreements with 13 states to guarantee uniformity and consistency with the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act, the state law governing the process. The Commonwealth has added two recognized states – Idaho and Alabama – and will remove one state, Virginia, after 30-days’ written notice, because its background check requirements are weaker than Pennsylvania’s.
Shapiro, though a native of Missouri, must think it incumbent upon himself to keep armed Virginians out of Pennsylvania. I guess he’s still mad about what happened during those three days in July 1863 when Bobby Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia came to visit.