Residents of West Virginia are not required to have a permit before
purchasing any kind of long gun or handgun. Registration is also not
required of residents for long guns or handguns. West Virginia does not
have an assault weapons law for either long guns or handguns. Owners
are not required to be licensed to have rifles, handguns, or shotguns.
Residents in the state of West Virginia are not required to have
permits to carry long guns but are required to have permits to carry
handguns. This includes revolvers and pistols. Concealed weapons
permits are not necessary to carry revolvers or pistols in a personally
owned home or place of business.
West Virginia allows each city to create local restrictions for
firearms that overshadows state law and federal laws for firearms. This
is allowed for both handguns and long guns. No NFA weapons are
restricted in this state, and all federal peaceable journey laws are
West Virginia Possession Laws
In order to possess a concealed weapons permit, individuals must first
pass a required exam. Concealed weapons permits are issued through the
county sheriff in the county of residency. This exam will insure that
the carrier is aware of the federal laws, the state laws, and the local
laws in regards to firearms as well as the competency for handling
Open carry is also allowed in West Virginia. Some local governments are
allowed to restrict open carrying in each city, which will trump all
other state and federal laws with regards to open carrying. The cities
of Charleston and Dunbar have extra restrictions for open carry. The
castle doctrine came into enactment as of the tenth of April 2008.
Firearms Felony Laws
Submachine guns, machine guns, and fully automatics weapons are illegal
inside West Virginia state lines. No waiting period is necessary for
the purchase of firearms. Those who possess or carry firearms in the
proximity of school grounds will be charged with felony offenses.
Though it is by constitutional right that United State citizens have
the right to bear arms, some individuals can lose these rights. Those
that lose their rights to bear arms are deemed safety hindrances due to
their personal history.
Certain restrictions apply for who is permitted to possess firearms. An
individual who have been convicted of a felony offense is not permitted
by state law to possess or own a firearm. Individuals who have been
dishonorably discharged from any of the armed forces are not permitted
to own or possess any form of firearm.
Those who have been deemed mentally incompetent, either through
commitment to a mental institution or otherwise, are also ineligible
from owning or possessing firearms. Individuals who have habitual use
of narcotics, illegal drugs, or alcohol are ineligible from this
privilege. Individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses, both
misdemeanors and felonies, are ineligible. The last of those who are
not eligible to possess or own firearms are those who are under the age
of eighteen and are named as minors.