* Does not require CHL to carry concealed, but local restrictions vary**Only recognizes licenses issued after June 8, 2012
It is important for license holders to understand that when traveling in or through another state, the license holder is subject to the firearm laws of the state. Check the states below for up-to-date concealed carry information.
Recognizes West Virginia Concealed Handgun License
West Virginia residents with a valid West Virginia CHL may legally carry a concealed handgun in any state with which West Virginia has full reciprocity and those states which formally recognize West Virginia permits All West Virginia residents are required to possess a valid West Virginia CHL to carry a concealed handgun in West Virginia and may not use a non-resident permit, even from a reciprocal state.
West Virginia Concealed Handgun Licenses issued on or after June 4, 2014, qualify as an alternative to a NICS Background Check under the Brady Law.
If you have any questions regarding gun reciprocity agreements, you can also call the Office of Attorney General at 304-558-2021 and we will be happy to assist you.
Forms and Publication
Application for a Concealed Handgun License Open Letter from the ATF to All West Virginia Federal Firearms Licensees Brady Exemption Guidelines for County Sheriffs On the Mark: A Guide to Concealed Handgun Laws in West Virginia Handbook on Laws Relating to Firearms