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Posted: 3/29/2009 12:30:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 12:32:02 PM EDT by mattwv]
Hey all, I live in central WV. What does the law say about me carrying an AR 16" carbine in my car or truck? Does it have to be in a case 24/7? Does the mag have to be locked up or just not in the rifle?

I beleave there was a thread about this that me or someone else made here while back but I can`t remember for sure.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 12:39:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 1:15:02 PM EDT by jman_131]
Give me a minute and I'll pull up the code.

ETA : Actually the code is a mess, but this sum's everything up pertaining to vehicles. There is some legislation in the works that could change this in the future. Taken from here: http://www.wvstatepolice.com/legal/faq.html
Q. Is it lawful to carry weapons (e.g. rifles, shotguns, and pistols) in my vehicle when I travel in West Virginia?

A. Individuals who possess a valid concealed carry permit may carry a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle for purpose of self defense only. West Virginia permits anyone who can lawfully possess a handgun to carry an unconcealed handgun. If you choose to carry an unconcealed handgun in your vehicle and are stopped by a law-enforcement officer, you must understand that that the weapon will immediately attract the attention of the police officer. The presence of the weapon may lead to action by the officer to ensure his or her safety such as the drawing of his or her weapon, ordering you from the vehicle, and/or performing a pat-down search. Weapons intended for hunting must be unloaded and in a case when transported in a vehicle. It is strongly recommended that, if you do not have a valid concealed carry permit, while traveling in a vehicle, that all firearms be unloaded and cased in a location in the vehicle that is not readily accessible to any of the occupants. Any ammunition should be stored in a separate location from the firearm.

This Adobe PDF file from the NRA sums up everything and gives the cited state codes. Hope this helps.

Citation: West Virginia Code §8-12-5a; §20-2-5; §20-2-46e;
§55-18-1 through 2, §61-7-1


ETA II : General rule of thumb, rifles and shotgun's locked inside of a case, with the ammo stored separately.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 1:56:41 PM EDT
Heck, when I go to the range I just put the AR/AK unloaded in one of the cases with the mag compartments on the outside, with the mags in there of coarse, and put them in the back of the truck, under the tonneau cover. I would assume the trunk of a car would be ok too.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:11:05 PM EDT
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