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West Virginia Legislative Round-Up

Friday, June 8, 2007

The issue of self-defense has been a big concern to many West Virginia citizens who have called and written to NRA.  We attempted to address the issue in the Legislature this session with “Castle Doctrine” legislation, Senate Bill 197, but came up short in the House Judiciary Committee when the bill was not brought up for a vote.  It was truly unfortunate because the bill had so much overwhelming support in both chambers.  Your NRA will actively work hard next session to make sure that this legislation will receive the attention that it deserves.  Every West Virginia citizen has a right to self-defense and we will work hard with the legislature to guarantee that right.  

There has also been talk of addressing the issue of hunting on Sundays.  This issue has been met with some resistance in the past, but new approaches have been brought up and your feedback would be appreciated.  

A proposal has been talked about to allow the first Sunday of deer season to be opened for hunting.  This has been introduced in neighboring states and has been successful.  The problem that occurs when deer season opens on a Monday is tremendous amounts of revenue are lost for this state.  Employees take off work and result in businesses having to shut down with not enough workers to function properly.  A Monday opening also discourages outside tourism from hunters in neighboring states who don’t want to take off work for two days.  If the season opened on a Saturday, then hunters would spend three days in West Virginia pumping money into the local economies.

Please contact our Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683 and let them know your opinion on opening the first Sunday of deer season on all public and private land. 

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