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No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

- Thomas Jefferson, of Virginia, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776

West Virginia Gun Laws

Subject/Law                         Long guns            Handguns            Relevant Statutes            Notes
State permit to purchase?        No                         No                         None                                   
Firearm registration?               No                         No                         None
"Assault weapon" law?          No                         No                         None
Owner license required?         No                         No                         None
Carry permits issued?              No                        Yes                        §§ 61-7-3, 4, 5, 6              *
State preemption
of local restrictions?                Yes                        Yes                        § 7-1-3                             **
NFA weapons restricted?        No                         No                         None
Peaceable journey laws?          No                         No                         None                                ***

* Concealed carry of pistols and revolvers allowed with permit, except in one's home or place of work.
** Some local restrictions are grandfathered
*** Federal rules observed.

In West Virginia permits aren't required to possess handguns. A permit test must be passed and a license acquired to carry a concealed handgun. West Virginia also allows open carry. State laws are preempted, but there still remain grandfathered restrictions on open carry in some localities, such as Charleston and Dunbar. The SB 716 is a proposed senate bill which would amend the law to remove those restrictions. See

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West Virginia enacted the castle doctrine on April 10, 2008.

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I recently ordered a couple of new guns from my local gun shop. It may be a while until they come in, from what I am told. I ordered a 3 inch Ruger SP101 in the new .327 Federal Magnum caliber and a Ruger Hawkeye African in the .375 Ruger caliber. The seller tells me that the SP 101 in that make up is just now trickling out of the factory and that distributers are having a hard time stocking them for retailers, so I may be waiting a while...click for more.

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