Permitless carry now law in WV

by COURTNEY HESSLER  |  published on June 1, 2016

More than 1 in 10 West Virginia adults has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, and the number of Mountain State residents carrying weapons is likely to increase with the new law that took effect this week.

As of May 24, a new permitless carry law allows West Virginians to carry firearms freely without going through a safety course or having to obtain permits, so long as they meet certain requirements.

House Bill 4145, which was passed in March after originally being vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, also enhances policies for those less than 21 years of age, criminals, defendants in domestic violence cases and anyone with mental impairments.

Supporters applaud the change as a victory for the right to bear arms, but the measure still concerns law enforcement and puts even more responsibility on individuals to handle their firearms safely and responsibly.

  • MyronJPoltroonian

    “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”



  • champion2211

    This is just another step for the second amendment. We here in Texas have open carry, except for certain places but we can walk into a Walmart or other stores to shop, convience stores where there is a lot of robberies all the time but those need to be very careful as someone in the store might be caring concealed or out in the open. We are trained and with background checks to be an honest and up front person with responsibility of being an adult. Those that carry open need t o have the license though. Here in Texas Tread lightly.

  • Rodney Steward

    Something how the least little thing about guns is news all over the place like a sickness, and the only sickness is the far left idiots pushing gun laws! But I think that this is great for W.V.

    • Smitch

      Works in Arizona!

  • Francisco Machado

    How much change doe this create? It’s already legal to open carry in WV and the permit for concealed is simple and cheap. The principle difference is a convenience for people who open carry that they can put a coat on that covers their firearm without breaking the law. The concealed carry license is still available for purposes of carrying in reciprocal states. And laws don’t stop criminals anyway.

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