Any person under age 18, who is not married or otherwise emancipated, may not possess any deadly weapon.1 However, under certain circumstances, it is permissible for a person under age 18 to carry a deadly weapon, including a concealable firearm, when:

  • The weapon is possessed on private property with the permission of the person’s parent or guardian and of the owner of the property;
  • The possession is pursuant to lawful hunting; or
  • Traveling between sites where the person may lawfully possess such a weapon.2

Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.


  1. W. Va. Code §§ 61-7-2(9); 61-7-8. As defined by state law for purposes of this section, a “deadly weapon” includes, but is not limited to, any pistol or revolver. ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎