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Overview for West Virginia

West Virginia does not allow minors to possess or carry weapons unless they are traveling to or from a hunting site, are on family owned property, or are on property that the owner has given them permission to carry on. When hunting it is required by law, that all firearms in a motor vehicle be unloaded. During the night firearms must be either disassembled, or in a secure container. People carrying a revolver or pistol for self-defense while they hunt, or are in a vehicle, that are properly licensed to carry concealed weapons are exempt from this. People who have a Class Q special hunting permit for people that are disabled are also exempt, in some cases.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry No Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for West Virginia.

West Virginia Concealed Carry Reciprocity

West Virginia Magazine Capacity


West Virginia Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in West Virginia?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in West Virginia:

Does West Virginia have a gun buy back program?

West Virginia does not run, or fund any gun buyback programs.

Does West Virginia have an inheritance gun law?

West Virginia does not have an inheritance gun law.

West Virginia FAQ

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