State Law Background
West Virginia does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed individuals;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Regulate the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Require reporting of mental health records to the NICS database;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period before the sale of a firearm;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
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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