How to Sell a Gun in West Virginia

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in West Virginia, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in West Virginia

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of West Virginia.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of West Virginia and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in West Virginia

West Virginia's gun laws are generally considered less restrictive compared to most other states in the United States. The state has relatively permissive firearms regulation — open carrying a handgun without a permit is allowed, no specific firearms are banned, and individuals over 21 can carry concealed without a permit.

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West Virginia ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

In West Virginia, private sellers are not required to conduct universal background checks or maintain any records for the sale, however identification is recommended if you wish to maintain a record of the transaction.

West Virginia Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

West Virginia has no waiting period requirement for the purchase of a firearm.

Age Requirements in West Virginia

Age requirements

In West Virginia, minimum age requirements are outlined in W. Va. Code § 61-7-8. Any person under age 18, who is not married or otherwise emancipated, may not possess any deadly weapon with limited exceptions.

Background Checks in West Virginia

Background Checks in Private Sales

Private firearm transfers are not subject to a background check in West Virginia, although state and federal purchase prohibitions still apply. W. Va. Code § 61-7-10 outlines that no person may knowingly sell, rent, give or lend a firearm to a person prohibited by federal or state law.

Ineligible Persons in West Virginia

Ineligible Persons

Prohibited possessors are outlined in W. Va. Code § 61-7-7

It is illegal to possess a firearm in West Virginia if a person:

  • Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year
  • Is habitually addicted to alcohol
  • Is an unlawful user of or habitually addicted to any controlled substance
  • Has been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent or who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution
  • Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States
  • Has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions
  • Is subject to a domestic violence protective order

West Virginia Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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From there you can individually submit the firearms in your collection. This process includes answering a few short questions about each firearm in your collection and uploading a couple photos. We will send you an official offer on your firearms within 24 business hours. You will then have two weeks to decide if our offers are right for you! If you accept our offers, will provide you with a series of pre-paid shipping labels, which you can use to ship us your gun collection. Once received, we will notify you that you're ready for payment. We will then send you a paper check or ACH direct deposit (your choice). The entire process can take about a week from start to finish. Imagine having your entire collection sold and cash in hand in a week!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this legal?

    Yes. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer located in the state of Indiana. You, the seller, are covered under our license just as you would be if you walked into our store. There are no laws preventing you from selling your firearm to us.

  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

    Absolutely! Once firearm information has been submitted, you will have the ability to submit additional firearms for review and offers. These firearms will be viewable from your user panel, which you access from your initial offer email.

  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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