virginiatuck wrote:No. W.Va. Code § 61-7-4(a) has provided since 2000 that "[c]oncealed weapons permits may only be issued for pistols or revolvers." At the time, this sentence was enacted for us to get reciprocity with VA (until 2004, VA's reciprocity law limited reciprocity to states that issued concealed handgun-only permits).SB 148 was alarming because it actually replaced "deadly weapon" with "pistols and revolvers." I was relieved to learn that it wasn't what was signed into law.
As I understand, a concealed weapons permit in West Virginia is valid for the concealment of all deadly weapons that are legal to possess, not just pistols and revolvers, even for out-of-state permits. Is that correct?
SB 148, which I wrote, did not change that and made purely technical revisions to the terminology throughout the concealed handgun licensing and reciprocity laws; however, it did not become law. HB 3314, which took effect a few minutes ago, provides for the recognition of nonresident licenses in WV. However, for residents and nonresidents alike, only handguns may be concealed. West Virginia's gun laws are not a model of exemplary bill drafting (something which I try to correct incidental to each gun bill I write).