The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Where does the Libertarian Party of West Virginia stand regarding the right to keep and bear arms?


Governments at all levels often violate their citizens’ right of self defense with laws that restrict, limit or outright prohibit the ownership and use of firearms. These “gun control” laws are often justified by the mistaken premise that they will lead to a reduction in the level of violence in our society.


The Bill of Rights recognizes that an armed citizenry is essential to a free society. We affirm the right to keep and bear arms.


Transition Actions:
Eliminate all laws at any level of government restricting, regulating or requiring the ownership, manufacture, transfer or sale of firearms or ammunition. We oppose all laws requiring registration of firearms or ammunition.


Repeal of all gun control laws. Abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


Eliminate any government efforts to ban or restrict the use of tear gas, "mace" or other self-protection devices.


Oppose all attempts to ban weapons or ammunition on the grounds that they are risky or unsafe. We favor the repeal of laws banning the concealment of weapons or prohibiting pocket weapons.


Eliminate all conflicting laws for firearms use such as those specified by the State and the Division of Natural resources.


Replace abolish the ATF with supporting legislation exempting from all federal regulations guns manufactured and sold within the state.