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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Guns in Vehicles in West Virginia.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 6 May

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Guns in Vehicles in West Virginia

West Virginia generally permits the open carrying of an unloaded long gun or handgun in a motor vehicle, with no license or permit required, although at certain times of day the firearm must be encased. West Virginia prohibits carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, except as authorized by law.

Any person who carries a concealed deadly weapon "on or about the person" without a state license or other authorization provided by statute is criminally liable for a misdemeanor. Under a 2012 law, a licensee is considered to be carrying "on or about his or her person" while in or on a motor vehicle if the firearm is located in a storage area in or on the motor vehicle…

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