(a) In addition to any other prohibitions which may exist by law, it shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any firearms:
(1) Across or in any public road in this state, at any time;
(2) Within five hundred feet of any school or church; or
(3) Within five hundred feet of any dwelling house: Provided, That a person who is a resident of a dwelling house, and his or her authorized guest, may shoot or discharge a firearm in a lawful manner within five hundred feet of the dwelling house where the person lives, if the firearm is being discharged with the express or implied knowledge and consent of all residents of that dwelling house, and no other dwelling houses are located within five hundred feet of where the firearm is discharged; or
(4) On or near any park or other place where persons gather for purposes of pleasure.
(b) Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than $500 or confined in jail for not more than one hundred days, or both fined and confined.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this
section, any person operating a gun repair shop, licensed to do
business in the State of West Virginia and duly licensed under
applicable federal statutes, may be exempted from the prohibition established by this section and section twelve, article seven,
chapter sixty-one of this code for the purpose of test firing a
firearm. The director of the Division of Natural Resources shall
prescribe such rules as may be necessary to carry out the purposes
of the exemption under this section and section twelve, article
seven, chapter sixty-one and shall ensure that any person residing
in any dwelling home within five hundred feet of such gun repair
shop be given an opportunity to protest the granting of such
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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