Handguns For Concealed Carry, Protection And Self-Defense, In West Virginia
The debate in West Virginia and elsewhere in the country about the 2nd amendment is one that will go one for many years to come, and regardless of which side of the debate you are on there are some simple and undeniable facts, the world has changed, there are evil people and organizations in the world and even in our county.
Every citizen in West Virginia one must be prepared for all possible contingencies, and we at US Precision Defense firmly believe that a responsibly and legally armed citizen is a safe citizen. One of the single best forms of self-defense protection that can be carried concealed on one’s person is in fact a Handgun; it can stop a violent attack like no other weapon.
Whether in West Virginia, or really anywhere in the country and if confronted by a violent criminal or some mentally deranged evil person a Handgun in the hands of someone that is trained and prepared for an armed encounter has the ability to stop that evil, quickly and decisively.
In West Virginia or anywhere US Precision Defense can help you become a responsible, confident Handgun owner that is ready to defend themselves and their family, anywhere they happen to be.
Article 3, Section 22 of The West Virginia State Constitutional Provision states: A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home, and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use….
To obtain a concealed carry license in West Virginia: The West Virginia State Police has made available online the current uniform application form that has been prescribed by the Superintendent of the State Police and which WV Code § 61-7-4 and requires all sheriff’s offices to use. A person intending to apply for a concealed handgun license will need to print and complete the application form, have it signed and notarized, once notarized file the application together with a copy of the applicant's driver's license, a copy of the applicant's proof of training or existing concealed carry license.
The terms of reciprocity agreements allow West Virginia residents with 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 that particular state.
As of 2013, West Virginia Concealed Carry Licenses are recognized (Have Reciprocity) with the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin (only if permit issued after 6/8/12), Wyoming.
West Virginia preempts local regulation of several aspects of firearms, though local regulations which were in effect prior to 1999 were grandfathered into law Further, State agencies and institutions are not precluded from enacting laws which regulate firearms. Charleston, Dunbar, and South Charleston are known to have grandfathered local ordinances which prohibit weapons on city property and in city buildings. The City of Martinsburg is known to have a local ordinance that was passed after 1999, which prohibits weapons in city buildings, that was not grandfathered into law.
US Precision Defense has one of if not the largest websites dedicated to concealed carry and second amendment rights, we have a women’s only section, members only benefits, forums, blogs, and a free directory of firearms instructors, shooting ranges, and gun smiths. For more details go to our “home” page and see for yourself!
Concealed weapons permits may only be issued for pistols or revolvers. Each applicant shall file with the sheriff a complete application, as prepared by the Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police, in writing, duly verified.
West Virginia has a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine, and is a “stand your ground” state, meaning persons under attack do not have a duty to retreat before using physical or deadly force to protect themselves.
West Virginia is a traditional open carry state but there are some grandfathered local open carry bans not preempted by state law, such as the City of Charleston. There is complete state preemption of all firearms laws, but any local laws passed before preemption remains in effect.
As Congress begins its discussion of proposed gun control legislation, some West Virginia sheriffs have declared they will not enforce any laws they believe violate the Second Amendment. Boone County Sheriff Randall White on Monday wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. "It is with all due respect," White wrote. "I wish to inform you that so long as I am sheriff of this county, I will not, nor shall I ever support any alterations to the Constitution of the United States or any of its amendments, specifically the right to bear arms."
Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner stated he would not enforce any gun laws passed by Congress. Sheriff Tanner further stated he is charged to defend "the entire Constitution, including the Second Amendment." "It's incredibly stupid for anyone to assume that society has become so advanced you no longer have the need or the responsibility to protect yourself or your family,"
2013; The West Virginia Sheriff's Association, which represents all 55 sheriff's departments in the state, has yet to take an official stance on the debate in Washington over gun violence and newly proposed measures.
2013; West Virginia is home to at least four firearm related companies and they include; Douglas Barrels Inc, Msm Inc(Mountain State Manufacturing), Ultra-Light Arms (New Ultra-Light Arms), and W E Rayle Inc.
US Precision Defense maintains a complete list of all states reciprocity agreements, and deadly force laws also for every state, we have links to self-defense insurance, much more, please go to our “home” page to see all of our features.