Many Virginia Concealed Carry Permits Going To Out-Of-State Residents | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Many Virginia Concealed Carry Permits Going To Out-Of-State Residents

Play associated audio
Online courses make it easier than ever to attain a concealed carry permit in the commonwealth.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/barjack/149011258/
Online courses make it easier than ever to attain a concealed carry permit in the commonwealth.

Virginia is issuing a growing number of concealed-carry gun permits to people who live in other states.

Many of the permits are being issued to people who take an online gun class. Users are required to correctly answer 15 out of 20 true false questions. Pass the test, and a certificate is issued that's mailed to Virginia state police who then run a background check on the applicant.

Critics charge that the commercial course allows applicants to seek a permit without having to meet tougher requirements, such as firing a gun with an instructor. The permit is valid in 26 states.

Virginia State Police issued 1,632 concealed-carry permits to nonresidents through the first half of this year, topping last year's total of 1,321 nonresident permits.

Officials admit there are no accurate numbers on how many of the permits are issued through the online course because right now state police don't record what type of training is used to obtain the license.

The Virginia General Assembly amended the state conceal carry law in 2009 to allow the online training, overriding a veto on the measure by then-Governor Tim Kaine.

NPR

Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Now in her late 60s, Martin says she's still "excited and enthusiastic" about her work and doesn't have any intention of retiring. She published a memoir in September called Lady Parts.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.