West Virginia has straightforward knife laws, which is a blessing for anyone reading them. Most restrictions are age-related, with people over the age of 21 being able to carry both openly and concealed any dangerous weapon, people over 18 but not 21 being able to carry concealed dangerous weapons only with a license to do so, and minors being unable to carry a dangerous weapon at all.
What Kinds of Knives are Legal in West Virginia?
There are no prohibited knives in West Virginia, and the only restrictions on carrying knives come in the form of age-related restrictions, which is sensible.
- All knives are legal, including Bowie knives and switchblades
- Persons over the age of 21 can carry any knife they want openly or concealed
- Persons between the ages of 18 and 21 can conceal-carry dangerous weapons with the proper license
What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in West Virginia?
The nice thing about West Virginia is that there are no prohibited knives and the restrictions are clear and sensible. The law doesn’t hide behind vagueness, either. Even better, there are no local laws to have to worry about.
- Minors cannot own dangerous weapons
- Persons between the ages of 18 and 21 cannot own or carry dangerous weapons without a license
- You cannot bring your knife to school or a courthouse
What’s a Dangerous Weapon?