West Virginia

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West Virginia is known nationwide for having some of the most unrestrictive gun laws. West Virginia s a constituational carry state which means there’s no requirement to have a license to carry, only if you’re 18 and can legally have a gun in the eyes of the federal law.

You must be 21 to conceal carry, but if you’re between 18-2o you can get a provisional license.

 

West Virginia

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course.
  2. You will need to complete the application form at the sheriffs office in your county of residence as the form must be signed under oath.
  3. You will need the following items;
    • Passport type photo
    • Certificate of completion of firearms course
    • Social security number
    • $60 for fee

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;

  1. Complete your firearm training course.
  2. Download the application form.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Completed application
    • Firearms course certificate
    • Drivers license/ID card
  4. File your application at the Sheriffs office in the county you reside in.
  5. They will contact you when the permit/license is ready to be picked up.

RENEWALS

  • When renewing a permit you must take in your current permit and drivers license.
  • The renewal application must be signed in front of a notary.
  • A NICS background check will be done for all renewal applications.

PERMIT FEES

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Optional CHL $75 $75
Provisional CHL $25 not renewable

There is an additional fee for background checks that must be paid when you pickup your license;

  • Optional CHL – $25
  • Provisional CHL – $15

West Virginia

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    West Virginia

    How Reciprocity Works in West Virginia

    West Virginia honors non-resident and resident CCW licenses from states that are on the West Virginia reciprocity list provided the licensee is 21 years or older. However, the honoring of out-of-state CCW licenses does not matter anymore as West Virginia is a permitless carry state. This in effect means any person who is 21 or older, and can legally possess a firearm may now carry a concealed weapon without any type of license.

    West Virginia

    West Virginia

    Places Allowed

    • State parks
    • State and national forests
    • Road side rest areas
    • Vehicle
    • All areas of the state – except those listed as off limits

    Places Not Allowed

    • The State Capitol Complex
    • Regional jails, detention facilities or State Division of Corrections facilities
    • County courthouses or any facility housing a court of this state
    • A school bus or any public primary or secondary education building, structure, facility or grounds including a vocational education building, structure, facility or grounds where secondary vocational education programs are conducted or at a school-sponsored function, or in or on a private primary or secondary education building, structure or facility
    • Any building or area limited by municipal code. Certain municipalities may have further handgun restrictions in municipal code. Before carrying a weapon in a West Virginia municipality, it is recommended that you inquire as to such laws with the appropriate city attorney’s office
    • Any property where firearms are prohibited by the owner, lessee or other person charged with the care, custody and control of the real property
    • Wherever signs are posted indicating weapon restrictions
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

    West Virginia

    Yes
    YES – WITHOUT A LICENSE Open carry is legal in West Virginia without a license, but not in places listed as off-limits. Municipalities can enforce ordinances that ban the open carry of firearms in recreation facilities owned by the municipality. The minimum age for open carry is 18.
    Yes
    YES – WITHOUT A LICENSE There is no requirement for a CHL license to carry a firearm in a vehicle provided the person is at least 21 years old, a US citizen and is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal laws. Members of the military aged 18 and over can carry in a vehicle with only their military ID. From the State Police website – 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.
    Yes
    YES You are permitted to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES – 20.2.5 & WVDNR – Must be concealed and no long guns, unless hunting. State/National Forests: YES State Wildlife Management Areas: YES Road Side Rest Areas: YES
    Yes
    YES In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
    Yes
    YES West Virginia is a constitutional carry state, no CCW license is required if the person is legally able to possess a firearm.
    No
    NO “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in West Virginia gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
    No
    NO – MUST INFORM OFFICER There is nothing in West Virginia gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. There is also no mention that you must carry your permit/license. GunsToCarry always recommends that you carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun. The Law 61.7.6a

    West Virginia

    Quick Facts

    Open Carry

    Yes

    Carry In Vehicle

    Yes

    Carry In State Parks

    Yes

    Carry In Restaurants

    Yes

    Constitutional Carry

    Yes

    No Weapons Signs Enforced

    No

    Must Notify Officer

    No
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