Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Friday signed compromise gun legislation that recognizes concealed-carry permits from all states while making it illegal for someone under a permanent protective order to possess a firearm.
McAuliffe, a Democrat, struck the deal with the Republican-controlled legislature last month. Some lawmakers and gun rights groups had objected to Attorney General Keith Herring's decision in December to stop honoring concealed-handgun permits from 25 states.
"Virginians elect their leaders to work together to get things done, and today I am proud to say we did just that," McAuliffe said in a statement.
McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, called the package the biggest step forward on gun safety in more than two decades.
Under the new laws, Virginia must recognize concealed-handgun permits from all other states, a rollback of Herring's stance.
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