In West Virginia, adults can purchase a gun without a license. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed gun in your car or on (or near) your body, unless you are in your own home, on your own property, or at your place of business. (W. Va. Code § 61-7-4.)
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in West Virginia.
To obtain a concealed handgun license, you must apply at the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
(W. Va. Code § 61-7-4.)
Yes. West Virginia recognizes concealed handgun carry permits issued by states with whom West Virginia has reciprocity agreements, as long as the permit holder:
(W. Va. Code § 61-7-6a.)
The West Virginia Attorney General’s website provides a list of states with reciprocity agreements with West Virginia.
It is a misdemeanor to carry a handgun in West Virginia without a concealed carry license (unless you are in your own home, on your own property, or at your fixed place of business). Penalties for a first offense include a fine of at least $100 (and up to $1,000), up to 12 months in jail, or both. Second and subsequent offenses incur a fine of at least $1,000 (and up to $5,000), at least one year (and up to five years) in prison, or both. (W. Va. Code § 61-7-3.)
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in West Virginia, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.