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Review gun reciprocity information from a particular state by clicking on the interactive map below
** As of August 2014, Nevada no longer
recognizes West Virginia Concealed Handgun Licenses. *
The terms of reciproc
ity agreements allow West Virginia resident concealed handgun licensees to carry concealed handguns in the reciprocal states. It is important for license holders to understand that when they are traveling in or through another state, the license holder is subject to the firearm laws of the state.
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.
f 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 Publications
The Office of the Attorney General has several resources available to those who are looking for more information about West Virginia's laws regarding concealed handgun licenses. If you need further assistance, please call 304-558-2021 and we will be happy to assist you.
Application for a Concealed Handgun License
Office of the Attorney General Handbook on Laws Relating to Firearms
On the Mark: A Guide to Concealed Handgun Laws in West Virginia
Open Letter from the ATF to All West Virginia Federal Firearms Licensees
Brady Exemption Guidelines for County Sheriffs
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