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PA, WV, or OH?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Ironclad, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Ironclad

    Ironclad Well-Known Member

    I will more than likely moving close to the West Virgina Northern panhandle in the near future. This gives me the interesting opportunity to choose between living in Pennsylvania, Ohio, or West Virgina.

    Which of these states has the best gun laws? And when I say the best, I obviously mean the least restrictive.
  2. daiadvisor

    daiadvisor Member

    Ohio's been good to me all these years - can have pretty much whatever, CCW is easy to get. Only issue is 30 Rd. mag restriction. (Not that it's ever been enforced)
  3. Uncle Richard

    Uncle Richard Well-Known Member


    WV is a very gun friendly state. Simple process to get your concealed carry permit and can carry in establishments that serve alcohol. Can purchase a firearm without a NICS check if you have a ccw permit......just a few high points..

    We have a lot of jobs in the norther half of the state. Look at Morgantown.

    However, I did live in Ohio for a short period. State income tax was less and I didn't have to get my vehicle inspected every year....but that was 6 years ago.
  4. sean326

    sean326 Well-Known Member

    Pa is the best, easy CCP, shall issue, everything is legal from full auto to mortors, even switchblades.
  5. dragon813gt

    dragon813gt Well-Known Member

    It depends on where you live. While it is shall issue there are counties that make you jump through hoops and wait to get the permit. Same goes for NFA items. If you don't have a trust you won't be able to acquire any of them.

    PA is split into Pittsburgh/Center/Philadelphia. The closer you live to either end the more liberal it gets. And unfortunately this is where the majority of people live so they run the state. Even though land mass wise it's the minority. Senator Casey has made it known that he's a traitor and will support and all future firearms restrictions. I love living here but some of the elected officials are problems right now.

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  6. Fleetman

    Fleetman Well-Known Member

    We live in Pa.....seem to tolerate firearms ok but as posted, the politicians are a little scary right now...almost seems like they want to emulate Md or NJ.

    FWIW, it only took two days to get our LTCF permits (License to Carry Firearms).
  7. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    PA state law trumps any liberal, anti-gun rhetoric coming from Philly or Pittsburgh. With my CCW permit I can carry anywhere in the state including Philly and Pitt. Our PA Constitution mandates that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED. Yes, the language is stronger than the U.S. 2A.

    Like others have said PA is very gun friendly. Shall issue, no AWB, NFA is legal, and good knife laws, although while you may own an automatically opening knife, you can NOT legally carry one.
  8. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    PA appears to me to be the least restrictive of the three, but WV is very good, and OH isn't bad. Good choice to get to make!
  9. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    That`s to ambiguous for me. Where exactly?
  10. Baldman

    Baldman Well-Known Member

    Lived in PA all my life. In a lot of cases PA is 3 states, you've got Philly which is liberal / democratic and very anti gun (I've lived and worked in / near Philly for 25 yrs), Pittsburgh which from the times that I have been there(and it's been a little while) was more gun friendly than Philly, then you have the rest of the state that looks like a "T" is Alabama. I don't say that with any disrespect since I grew up in NE PA and lived there for 25 yrs , this area has been more pro gun / pro hunting / pro gov't keep you hands off my crap than the rest of the state. If you choose PA pick a location near Pitt or Alabama. Philly has become a stinking hole of violence and corruption that the mayor, city council, et al have no real interest in cleaning, just filling their pockets. IMO things like this tend to happen with 1 party rule.

    BTW the only major restriction I am aware of is no semi-auto for hunting (at least deer & small game).
  11. josiewales

    josiewales Well-Known Member

    I live in PA and out of the three states Pa seems to be the best. If it weren't for Philly and Pittsburg we would be a red state. Not very restrictive gun laws. Our state rep, Rob Kauffman, Is working with another state rep, Gordan Denlinger, to introduce a bill that allow you to carry with out a CCP. Also they are working on legislation that would nullify federal gun laws during or after 2013, like WY did.
  12. HARV6

    HARV6 Well-Known Member

    I grew up in Ohio 5 mins from PA, and 25 mins from WV. All three have their quirks, a few dumb laws here and there. But nothing that I would consider leaving or moving to another for.
  13. Rollis R. Karvellis

    Rollis R. Karvellis Well-Known Member

    I, have lived in the tri-state area my whole life, and as mentioned each has a few querks. The problem with Ohio is the three blue city's that can throw an election in a negative direction.
  14. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    Ohio has a 30rd mag ban? Maybe some cities still have bans on the books that aren't enforced but they aren't banned statewide. Our laws are pretty good now. NFA is ok, CHL is easy to get, no AWB issues. As others have noted the major cities are pretty anti-gun and are why we are such a swing state. 5 cities reliably vote Dem and the rest of the state sways the other way.
  15. tkaction

    tkaction Well-Known Member

    ohio is a must inform state if you are traffic stopped. Pa does not require it. Big for me..
  16. miles1

    miles1 Well-Known Member

    A nice choice of states to pick from.Cant speak for the other two states but for the most part Ohio seems pretty decent for me.Our govenor is pro-gun rights and that makes me alittle less uneasy with the obamacution of our 2nd ammendment rights currently going on in our great country.
  17. Hangingrock

    Hangingrock Well-Known Member

    Of the three states mentioned PA If you want to be adjacent to the Northern Panhandle of WVA then it would be the counties of Beaver, Washington, and Green.
  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I would decide based on the hunting and fishing opportunities available in each of the three states. In which case, I think the nod goes to PA.
  19. pockets

    pockets Well-Known Member

    It's buried, but Ohio does ban the USE OF magazines over 30 rounds (center-fire). You can 'OWN' them, you just can't USE them in a firearm.
    Yes...I know this is mostly ignored and not enforced much....but it is there:
    NOTE: Parts of this code will change 3/27/13...Section E will not change.

    Ohio Revised Code 2923.11(E):
    (E) “Automatic firearm” means any firearm designed or specially adapted to fire a succession of cartridges with a single function of the trigger.
    “Automatic firearm” also means any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than thirty-one cartridges without reloading,
    other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges.

    That basically means; as soon as you INSERT a 40-round magazine into a center-fire semi-auto, you have 'specially adapted' it. Doesn't affect .22's.
    I don't write the laws, I just try to keep current on them.
    Overall though, Ohio has been making gun law improvements since 2004. It's important to keep track of them.

    As for the original question? The thing I dislike about PA is that they do not recognize the Ohio CHL as valid. Legally I must disarm when I visit my son in Pittsburgh. WV and Ohio seem to be in synch.....PA, not so much.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  20. rtroha

    rtroha Well-Known Member

    Nope, no mag ban.

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