West Virginia prohibits a person or company from knowingly selling, renting, giving or lending ammunition to a person who is prohibited from possessing it under state or federal law.1 West Virginia law, unlike federal law, does not prohibit anyone from possessing ammunition.
West Virginia prohibits any person from publicly displaying or offering for sale or rent ammunition where a passerby on a street, road or alley can see it.2
See the section entitled Firearms Trafficking in West Virginia regarding a law aimed at the trafficking of ammunition.
West Virginia does not:
- Require a license for the sale of ammunition;
- Require sellers of ammunition to maintain a record of the purchasers;
- Require a license to purchase or possess ammunition; or
- Prohibit the possession, transfer or use of armor-piercing or other unreasonably dangerous ammunition, although the federal prohibition on certain kinds of armor-piercing ammunition applies.
See our Ammunition Regulation policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.