6 comments on “West Virginia Gun Laws

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  2. Sorry but your wrong. No permit is needed to openly carry a handgun only to conceal one. Open carry is perfectly legal.

  3. 3/20/2015: Charleston, WV (AP)- Citing public safety concerns, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to eliminate requirements for people carrying concealed handguns to have permits.

    The National Rifle Association-backed Democrat said Friday’s veto responds to an outcry by law enforcement against the bill.

    Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming have passed similar laws.

    Open carry, like a holster on a hip, is legal without permitting in West Virginia. Thirty-one states have similar open-carry rules.

    Covering handguns up with a coat, for instance, requires a permit.

    The bill would require concealed handgun carriers to be at least 21, with military exceptions.

    The state Sheriffs Association opposed the bill, saying it could let more dangerous people carry concealed weapons and take away permit money that helps local law enforcement.

    Proponents cited 2nd Amendment arguments.

  4. You are spreading incorrect information regarding state laws on this page. Please review state law and update this page with valid information.

    No license is required to carry hand guns. The local jurisdiction cannot pass laws that supersede those of the state other than in local government buildings.

  5. Weapons – Concealed Carry Permits

    Q. Who do I ask questions concerning the process for obtaining concealed weapons permits?

    A. Contact the sheriff of the county where you reside.

    Q. I live outside of West Virginia and I have a concealed carry permit for a firearm in my home state. Does West Virginia honor my permit?

    A. Follow this link to find out the current agreements. Currently, no other out-of-state concealed carry permits are honored. Please consult with authorities in your state in order to determine if a reciprocal agreement has been made with West Virginia.

    Q. Is it lawful to carry weapons (e.g. rifles, shotguns, and pistols) in my vehicle when I travel in West Virginia?

    A. Individuals who possess a valid concealed carry permit may carry a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle for purpose of self defense only. West Virginia permits anyone who can lawfully possess a handgun to carry an unconcealed handgun. If you choose to carry an unconcealed handgun in your vehicle and are stopped by a law-enforcement officer, you must understand that that the weapon will immediately attract the attention of the police officer. The presence of the weapon may lead to action by the officer to ensure his or her safety such as the drawing of his or her weapon, ordering you from the vehicle, and/or performing a pat-down search. Weapons intended for hunting must be unloaded and in a case when transported in a vehicle. It is strongly recommended that, if you do not have a valid concealed carry permit, while traveling in a vehicle, that all firearms be unloaded and cased in a location in the vehicle that is not readily accessible to any of the occupants. Any ammunition should be stored in a separate location from the firearm.

    Q. How do I obtain a concealed carry permit in West Virginia?

    A. You must be a West Virginia resident to obtain a West Virginia permit. Applications are processed by the Sheriff of your county of residence.

    Q. I am a police officer from another state who will be traveling through West Virginia, may I lawfully carry my service weapon?

    A. As of July 22, 2004, federal law permits any qualified current or retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed firearm in any of the 50 states. Officers must carry identification issued from the agency from which they are employed or retired while possessing the firearm. Retired members from states other than West Virginia must carry proof that they have met their respective state’s standards for training and qualification on the firearm which they carry within one year of the date that they are carrying the firearm. Certain other restrictions apply. Please click here to view the complete text of the new law.

    Weapons – Brady Bill Checks

    Q. Must West Virginia do a Brady check if one has been done in another state?

    A. Yes.


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