WVCDL Litigation

In addition to defending gun-rights through the legislative approach, the West Virginia Citizens Defense League has been involved in the following cases in which WVCDL has gone to court to defend every West Virginian's right to keep and bear arms.

WVCDL et al. v. City of Charleston

On December 16th, 2013, the West Virginia Citizens Defense League filed for an injunction against the City of Charleston in the Kanawha County Circuit Court. Charleston has continued to enforce multiple city ordinances which are in clear violation of state law governing Home Rule cities, made effective July 1, 2013. Under the state law, Charleston's firearms ordinances are rendered null and void as a condition of participation in the Home Rule Pilot Program. The WVCDL is not seeking financial damages; only injunctive relief.

WVCDL et al. v. City of Charleston et al.

On January 24, 2011, WVCDL filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against the cities of Charleston, South Charleston, and Dunbar, and their respective mayors and police chiefs, challenging the constitutionality and statutory validity of ordinances in each of those cities prohibiting carrying a firearm on city-owned property.  Additionally, WVCDL is challenging the constitutionality of Charleston's restrictive handgun sales ordinances.


WVCDL v. City of Martinsburg et al.

On January 24, 2011, WVCDL filed a lawsuit against the City of Martinsburg, its mayor, its city manager, and its police chief in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, challenging the constitutionality and statutory validity of a Martinsburg ordinance prohibiting carrying a firearm in city-owned buildings.


Campbell et al. v. City of Wheeling et al.

On May 11, 2011, WVCDL joined WVCDL member Keith Owen Campbell and his father, Larry Campbell, in a lawsuit against the City of Wheeling, its police chief, and 4 individual Wheeling police officers, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, challenging numerous violations of the Campbells' constitutional and civil rights while Keith Owen Campbell was lawfully and openly carrying his handgun on December 4, 2010, and the ongoing threat of further harassment of individuals who choose to open carry in the City of Wheeling.