West Virginia: House Passes Emergency Powers Protection Legislation

Posted on February 25, 2013

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On Friday, February 22, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 97-0 to advance important emergency powers protection legislation.  House Bill 2471, sponsored by House Speaker Rick Thompson (D-19), seeks to prohibit the restriction of the lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition during any declared state of emergency.

This legislation would protect law-abiding citizens in West Virginia from a violation of their constitutional rights reminiscent of what occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where law-abiding citizens were stripped of their lawfully owned firearms by overzealous government officials leaving them defenseless and unable to protect their families and property.

HB 2471 has been sent to the state Senate where it will be assigned to a committee. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for updates on the status of this, and other, important NRA-supported legislation.

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  • West Virginia: Emergency Powers Protection Legislation Heads to House Floor, Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Introduced

    Yesterday, NRA-supported House Bill 2471, sponsored by House Speaker Rick Thompson (D-19), was reported with a substitute by the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous voice vote. HB 2471 seeks to prohibit the restriction of the lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. An amendment, offered by Delegate Eric Householder (R-64), strengthening HB 2471 was adopted in committee by a voice vote and would provide the same protection during a federal state of emergency 
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