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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:39 PM #1
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W.V. Shooting Laws

My gfs parents just bought 11 acres in West Virginia and Im thinking about going up there saturday. Im looking at this as a good chance to sight in a few rifles that are either new or have had different optics put on them. There are no neighbors within at least 150yds that I know of most likely they are further than that. Im thinking Im not going to take anything loud, my new 10/22, 17 hmr, and maybe my CX4 storm. I will save the loud stuff for sunday. Am I ok to shoot up there or should I just wait until sunday. Her parents dont care if I bring bring my guns, they are just unsure of the law.
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http://www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/st...tion/index.htm )click on West Virginia)

I cannot help much, but one thing I can say by looking it up on the link above is that there really aren't that many WV gun laws
I didn't see anything with my quick glance saying you cannot fire a rifle on private property, but then again I didn't see any state preemption about the discharge of firearms either.
In other words unless I missed the state preemption statute, local laws and restrictions may apply even if no state law dissallowing it exists.

Hope this helps.
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I think you would be breaking the law if you DIDN'T shoot some guns in WV
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It should be pretty lax. I never heard anything from family up in WV about they couldn't shoot. What part of WV did they get a place? I have family in Terra Alta, Kingwood, and Morgantown.
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the people i know in west by God are generally very firearm friendly. i mean, you can't go wrong with a state that is NICS check, cash, and carry for pretty much all firearms.

i'm no lawyer, but i know of no law regarding discharge.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:30 PM #6
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The house is in Berkley Springs if that makes any difference.
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I have property in WV so I might be able to help a little, but where my place is (Monroe County) is a couple world's away from Berkley Springs.

We asked about shooting when we bought the place and the response was basically, "Hell, boy, it's expected". People ride around with their rifles on their 4-wheelers and pistols sitting on the front seat of their truck.....all perfectly legal.

Morgan County is a lot (A LOT) more densely populated than Monroe, so that's an issue. Also remember that probably half of the people in that county aren't from there....they're from MD, so keep that in mind.

In WV, the sheriffs have a tremendous amount of authority, and the counties get to have lots of leeway in how they govern themselves. My humble advice would be to call the sheriff's department for Morgan County (where Berkley Springs is) and ask them what the deal is.

I'd be anxious to hear the answer.
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I think you would be breaking the law if you DIDN'T shoot some guns in WV
Or have intimate knowledge of a blood relative.
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That part of West Virginia is worlds away from the Southern/Central portion where I grew up and now have a home at again, but it is still West Virginia! I'm down at my place for about 4 days every other week (even though it takes almost 7 hours to reach from S. Maryland), and I always do some shooting when I'm there. My nearest neighbor is almost a mile away, but even if they were closer it wouldn't make a difference, every one I know up there shoots. Counties, cities and towns don't have pre-emption over state law, so following state firearm laws is what you need to worry about, and there ain't many of them.
So take your guns and have fun shooting, may make some new friends with some of the neighbors around your future inlaws property.
Oh, Norton, the population differences aren't that great between Monroe and Morgan Counties, around 2000 people difference at the 2000 census. Now density is quite different as Morgan is a smaller county and has a much higher population density then Monroe. The County/ies (my property is on the border of two) I live in has even a smaller population density (whoo hoo!)
Have fun up there Redneck17 and enjoy your shootin!
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The house is in Berkley Springs if that makes any difference.
I don't know if its legal but I used to shoot a lot on my friends property out that way... I'm fairly certain it is legal, but even if it wasn't no one seemed to mind... and we must have sounded like a godamned war zone.
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