West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey provides the following guidance regarding this month\u2019s implementation of constitutional carry, recent legislation that will allow most West Virginians to carry concealed handguns without a permit.\r\nMorrisey concluded the law takes effect May 24. He reached that conclusion based upon a review of case law, which indicates legislation takes effect 90 days after initial passage unless the Legislature provides otherwise, even when the governor attempts to veto the law. Any previously discussed date was intended to serve as a conservative estimate to ensure gun owners would not be improperly prosecuted.\r\n\u201cThis bill not only expands freedom, but will keep our citizens protected,\u201d Morrisey said. \u201cThose taking advantage of this important freedom should do so responsibly.\u201d\r\nConstitutional carry enables qualified West Virginians, ages 21 and older, to carry concealed handguns without a license within the Mountain State. Younger residents, beginning at age 18, can obtain a provisional license.\r\nAnyone carrying concealed handguns beyond West Virginia\u2019s border must have a permit and can only do so in the 33 states that recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses.\r\nWest Virginia has full handgun reciprocity agreements or mutual recognition with 33 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.\r\nWest Virginia enjoys no such agreement or recognition with Maryland. That means no West Virginia resident can carry a concealed handgun into Maryland regardless of their permit status in West Virginia.\r\nThose wishing to obtain a concealed handgun licenses can do so by contacting their local sheriff\u2019s office.\r\nFor information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General\u2019s Gun Reciprocity page at www.wvago.gov.