West Virginia Concealed Carry Change
NOTICE: The following article was written prior to WV State Attorney General’s clarification that the law will go into effect on May 24th. For that official announcement, please visit http://www.ago.wv.gov/pressroom/2016/Pages/Attorney-General-Morrisey-Provides-Guidance-on-Constitutional-Carry-Implementation.aspx
Beginning June 5, anyone over age 21 who can legally possess a firearm will be allowed to carry it concealed on their person in West Virginia without having to obtain a permit. While West Virginia has allowed open carry in the past, they required a permit to carry a concealed firearm. With the new law the state will become the eighth in the nation to implement what gun rights activists call “constitutional carry.”
In early March, the West Virginia legislature overturned the veto of Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to allow permitless gun carry in the state.
The law also implements a provisional permit for those between the ages of 18 and 20 who wish to carry a concealed firearm within the state. Previously, people age 18 to 20 could not legally obtain a permit to carry.
As a lifetime resident of West Virginia and someone who has held a permit to carry concealed for several years, I plan to keep my permit for the purpose of reciprocity with other states as I travel a good bit to surrounding states where the permit will still be required.
While I have mixed feelings on certain aspects of this section of code and local law enforcement, among others, was fairly outspoken about their concern in passing this legislation, it is certainly a win for the NRA and does take another step to assure the right of citizens to possess firearms.
To review the actual bill as passed into law, you may review HB4145
For reciprocation information, we recommend reviewing – Concealed carry permit reciprocity maps at www.usacarry.com