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.

  • Firearm prohibition for domestic violence misdemeanants

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Mental health reporting to federal databases

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Waiting period

  • Ammunition sale regulation