West Virginia prohibits any person from carrying, transporting, or possessing any machine gun, submachine gun, or fully automatic weapon unless they have complied fully with all applicable federal laws.1 However, federal law generally allows the possession of machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered.

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  1. W. Va. Code § 61-7-9. ⤴︎