Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement today on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s announcement that the state will be terminating its concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states:
“Attorney General Herring today put Virginians and their safety first, taking an important step in the effort to keep lethal weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals. Attorney General Herring’s action to terminate Virginia’s concealed carry reciprocity means that every person in the state is subject to the same uniform standards. With porous state lines, the strongest gun laws are only as effective as the weakest.
“It is unfortunate that efforts to keep American’s safe from the scourge of gun violence have fallen to the states, as Congress has repeatedly failed to act. We must have federal laws to establish commonsense safeguards to help put a stop to the scourge of gun violence that claims more than 33,000 lives every year.”