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West Virginia Firearms Law

The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.

Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.

Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

West Virginia State firearms laws are complex and lengthy.
Therefore, listed below are simple guidelines regarding the carrying of firearms, both open and concealed, for your awareness:

Open Carry - Yes.

Concealed Carry - Yes, with permit.

Important State Links:
West Virginia State website
West Virginia State Statutes
West Virginia Attorney General

Important Federal Links:
ATF Summary of Federal & State Laws
Public Law 111-24 512(b)
Possession of Firearms in Federal Facilities (18 USC 930)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Bluestone National Scenic River
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Gauley River National Recreation Area
New River Gorge National River

Disclaimer: This summary is meant for general purposes only. Firearm laws change frequently. All infomation stated here is accurate as of 2/3/2010. It is illegal to brandish or discharge a weapon. Federal and state regulations restrict the possession of firearms in federal buildings and school zones.


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