RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from more than two dozen states that have less stringent laws. Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday that the state will revoke its reciprocity agreement with 25 states after a review found that their permit requirements are weaker than Virginia’s. The change takes effect Feb. 1. Herring says those states hand out permits to people who are barred from getting one under Virginia law, including fugitives, convicted stalkers and drug dealers. He says it’s a common sense step that will help keep concealed weapons out of the hands of dangerous and irresponsible people. Republican Del. Rob Bell, who’s seeking to oust Herring in 2017, called the move another “Washington-style overreach from a nakedly partisan attorney general.”
Moves are afoot in the General Assembly to reduce state regulation of the number of hospital facilities and services in Virginia. At issue is what’s called the “Certificate of Public Need”, or COPN. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Lynchburg Delegate Kathy Byron is among three delegates planning to spearhead those efforts in the next General Assembly session:
The President of the Greater Lynchburg Islamic Association says if Wednesday’s mass killings in California turn out to be the result of radical Islam-inspired terrorism, such actions are not consistent with the faith in any way, and the vast majority of Muslims condemn it. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.