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New law on background checks makes it easier for permit holders to purchase guns New law on background checks makes it easier for permit holders to purchase guns
A new law is passed in the Mountain State making the process of buying a gun easier. 

West Virginians who obtain concealed handgun permits won't have to undergo additional background checks when they buy firearms from licensed dealers.

In West Virginia, unless a person is honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Military, to obtain a concealed weapons permit, this is the process you'd go through.

"They need to have completed a nationally recognized course in firearm safety," said B & G Pro Shop's Howard Finkel.

Once successfully completed, you'd be given a certificate and then you'd go to the Sheriff's Department.
"At that time, they would request making application for a concealed carry permit," Finkel said.
Part of that application is filling out and passing a State background check. In the past you would have also needed to go through a Federal background check to buy your gun. But a new law that went into effect on Wednesday allows a person with the permit, to bypass that process. 
As of Wednesday, the licensing process now qualifies as an alternative to the background check you'd normally go through to purchase a firearm. One man in the middle of purchasing a firearm said he's in favor of the new law.

"I think it's a good idea to just do the check one time when you get your permit and not again when you buy a gun. It's convenient to not have to do it again, it's a big time saver," said Dwayne Crawford.

Although Finkel believes it's highly unlikely to happen, he sees one concern.
"A person could obtain their concealed carry permit, commit a crime to which they were not apprehended, and then go into a store and purchase a firearm without the other background check,"  he told us.

West Virginians who have permits issued before Wednesday will have to contact the Sheriff of the County they live in to qualify their permits as alternatives to the federal background check requirements.