West Virginia has very weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state does not require individuals to undergo a background check or obtain a permit to carry a loaded, concealed firearm in public. In 2017, West Virginia had the ninth-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the second-highest rate. Basic steps West Virginia could take to save lives from gun violence include requiring a background check and waiting period before each gun purchase and repealing its dangerous permitless carry law.

State Law Background

West Virginia does not:

In 2017, West Virginia had the 9th highest gun death rate among the states. West Virginia also supplied crime guns to other states at the second highest rate among the states. West Virginia exported crime guns at more than three times the national rate and more than three times the rate at which it imported crime guns from other states.

West Virginia Firearms Laws

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