West Virginia Gun Laws
Open Carry: Unrestricted in most public areas Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer State Parks: Concealed handgun carry by recognized permittees lawful Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No restriction Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy. Firearms at K-12 Schools: WV permittee with loaded handgun in vehicle ONLY lawful; permittee must be at least 21 and lock gun in secure compartment when car is unoccupied. Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Loaded handguns may be carried anywhere in a vehicle by persons 21 years and older. Firearm Law Uniformity: Mostly uniform. Localities can regulate municipally owned blds and rec centers. Permit Training Requirements: Take a training course which could include any of the following:
(1) Any official National Rifle Association handgun safety or training course;
(2) Any handgun safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by an
official law-enforcement organization, community college, junior college, college or private or public
institution or organization or handgun training school utilizing instructors duly certified by the
(3) Any handgun training or safety course or class conducted by a handgun instructor certified as
such by the state or by the National Rifle Association;
(4) Any handgun training or safety course or class conducted by any branch of the United States
Military, Reserve or National Guard.
Permit Issuing Authority: State Police May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: 5 Years Permit Application Process: Apply at your local county sheriff office Non-Resident Permits: Not available Places Off Limits: 1. Federal government properties or other places where firearms are prohibited by federal law. This
includes areas of restricted access in airports.
2. Any property where firearms are prohibited by the owner, lessee or other person charged with the care,
custody and control of the real property.1
3. The State Capitol Complex.
4. Regional jails, detention facilities or State Division of Corrections facilities.
5. County courthouses or any facility housing a court of this state.
6. Any Public or Private primary or secondary school building, grounds or property, at any school
sponsored function or on any school bus or conveyance.2
7. Any building or area limited by municipal code.
Where Cities/Municipalities May Ban Carry (From the West Virginia Citizens Defense League)
SB317 (2014 session) preemption made state law uniform. Cities may not ban carry on property in excess of
what state law allows. This was a major win for firearms rights, as it removed a minefield where various
cities had different laws. Places cities may ban carry:
Other buildings used for the business of city government, not to include parks and garages
Open carry without a CHL on city property
Open carry without a license at a festival/fair/event where streets or sidewalks are blocked for the
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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