A West Virginia firearm bill of sale is a useful document for recording the sale or trade of a firearm from a private seller to a buyer. Private sales do not require background checks, nor does the buyer need a permit to purchase a firearm in the state. Completing a bill of sale can help the parties keep a record of the transaction in case either party needs proof of sale or purchase. The bill of sale includes information on the buyer, the seller, and the firearm, i.e., the make, model, caliber, serial number, and sale price (or items traded). By signing the bill of sale, the parties declare that they are legally permitted to possess a firearm in the state of West Virginia.
- Firearm laws – Ch. 61, Article 7
- Background check required? No.
- Permit required to purchase? No.
Concealed Carry Laws
Any resident over the age of twenty-one (21) can carry a concealed handgun as long as they are not prohibited from possessing a firearm in accordance with § 61-7-7. A license to carry a concealed handgun can be obtained if the individual intends on carrying a handgun in other states (list of states that recognize the West Virginia CHL). Individuals ages eighteen (18) to twenty (20) may only carry a concealed handgun if they have applied for a provisional concealed pistol/revolver license. The application processes and requirements are essentially the same for both the standard and provisional licenses. West Virginia is a shall-issue state; as long as the applicant passes the background check, the state will issue them a license. Individuals intent on applying for their concealed carry license may do so by following the steps below.
- Applicants must download and complete the appropriate application form:
- Application for Provisional Concealed Pistol/Revolver License (for applicants 18-20 years old)
- Application for Concealed Pistol/Revolver License (for applicants 21 years or older)
- A $25 fee must be attached to the application form.
- Proof of completion of a training course in handling and firing a handgun must be provided with the application. The applicant may choose to complete any of the courses set forth in § 61-7-4(d) to fulfill this requirement. A copy of the instructor’s certification must also be attached to the application.
- A copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or acceptable state identification card must be attached to the application.
- All forms, documentation, and fees can be mailed or delivered in person to the sheriff’s office in the county in which the applicant resides.