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West Virginia Pistol License


  • Must be at least 21 years old or 18 if employed in a job where carrying of firearms is required.
  • Has completed a firearms training course.
  • A United States citizen or legal resident.
  • A resident of West Virginia and the county application is filed in.
  • Is not habitually addicted to alcohol.
  • Is not an unlawful user of or habitually addicted to any controlled substance.
  • Has not been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent or who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
  • Is not subject to a domestic violence protective order.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

West Virginia gun laws operate on an "Unrestricted" and "Shall Issue" policy and allow concealed and open carry of firearms without a permit. The minimum age for open carry is 18 and for concealed carry 21. The permitless carry laws apply to residents and non-residents who are legally allowed to possess a firearm. Persons aged 18 - 20 will still need a permit to conceal carry. Permits are still available for out-of-state travel but are only issued to residents. Applicants will need to complete a firearms training course and then file their application with the local county sheriff’s office in their county of residence.

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Permitless Carry

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • The State Capitol Complex
  • Regional jails, detention facilities or State Division of Corrections facilities
  • County courthouses or any facility housing a court of this state
  • A school bus or any public primary or secondary education building, structure, facility or grounds including a vocational education building, structure, facility or grounds where secondary vocational education programs are conducted or at a school-sponsored function, or in or on a private primary or secondary education building, structure or facility
  • Any building or area limited by municipal code. Certain municipalities may have further handgun restrictions in municipal code. Before carrying a
    weapon in a West Virginia municipality, it is recommended that you inquire as to such laws with the appropriate city attorney’s office
  • Any property where firearms are prohibited by the owner, lessee or other person charged with the care, custody and control of the real property
  • Wherever signs are posted indicating weapon restrictions
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on West Virginia Gun Laws

Get in Touch

Mongolia County Sheriff


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 116 Walnut St.

CityMorgantown, WV 26505

Phone (304) 291-7260

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In WV there is a state preemption law that supercedes municipal code.