Welcome to the WVCDL!

Please take the time to review the two documents for our flagship bill this session:

HB 2694: Creating Second Amendment Preservation Act [Non-participation (link)].

3/26/21 Legislative Update!


WVCDL, your bill, HB2694/non-commandeering, has PASSED the WV House of Delegates! The House continues to show courage to be the tip of the spear and be proactive in protecting your right to keep and bear arms. We encourage each of you to thank your Delegates who voted yea. They need to hear from you that you are engaged and you appreciate their work. We especially thank Delegate Brandon Steele (R – Raleigh). Though he is absent today due to illness, he is the lead sponsor of the bill and has worked tirelessly and fiercely to see this bill brought forth in its best form.In a day or two, the bill should be reported to the WV Senate where it is expected to be to referred to committee. Monday is Day 48 of the 60-day legislative session. This legislation is on an extremely tight timeline to get out of the Legislature and before the Governor. Here is where to find your Delegates, please thank those who voted yes on 2694. Monday we begin our work in the Senate!


The time is NOW to set up your account on the WVCDL Forums.

1. Register.

2. Be patient for a moderator to review and approve your registration.Please allow 24hrs+ for approval. We have an influx of new member requests due to the threat of deletion of the Facebook group.

3.You will then receive a “registration approved” email alerting you. Please double-check your spam/trash folder. follow the link and create a password4. Please read and understand the forum rules before posting. once approved, go to the TEST forum at the bottom and start posting. you cannot post pics or links until after 3 moderated posts. then post pics, links, embeds, try out the private messages, etc.

Please double-check your spam/trash folder for your registration approved email. follow the link and create a password


In 2016, the WVCDL authored, and was instrumental in the passage of historic legislation. HB4145 (known as “Constitutional Carry”) corrected an abhorrent condition, in which the government took our right to self defense, and sold it back to us under the guise of a “license.”

Previously, the 2015 legislative session was an outstanding one for West Virginia gun owners. The WVCDL was instrumental in authoring and/or securing passage of multiple pro-gun bills. In 2015, the legislature secured:

-CHL Privacy (exempting private CHL information from FOIA requests)
-Clean up of open carry issues in the woods and in vehicles
-Allowing people with CHLs to store their firearms in their vehicles on the State Capitol Complex
-Mandatory CLEO signoffs for NFA items

The WVCDL was also instrumental authoring and securing the passage of SB347 (Constitutional Carry), but the bill was vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. In 2016, the legislature overrode a similar veto thanks to your efforts.

About Us

The West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL), West Virginia’s largest pro-gun lobbying group, is a non-partisan, non-profit, all-volunteer, grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, as guaranteed by Article III, §22 of the West Virginia Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

WVCDL is proud of it’s accomplishments and remains the largest West Virginia-based gun rights organization.

The WVCDL seeks to promote legislation in the West Virginia Legislature to eliminate unfair restrictions on law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms and promote public awareness of the lawful use of firearms in self-defense.