8News Daily Poll: Do you support the bipartisan agreement on gun policies in the commonwealth?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and House Republican leaders held a press conference Friday afternoon at the Capitol to announce a bipartisan agreement on gun policies in the commonwealth.

Back in December, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that the state would be terminating reciprocity agreements for concealed carry handgun permits with 25 states. At the time, the attorney general said those states had weaker concealed carry laws than Virginia and, according to state law, reciprocity agreements with those states had to be terminated.

The governor and Republican leaders on Friday announced plans to reverse course on terminating those reciprocity agreements, and to instead have state police present to conduct voluntary background checks at gun shows and prevent people under permanent protective orders for domestic violence from possessing a firearm.

Under the agreement, Virginia will honor any state that has a concealed carry program.

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