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West Virginia: Gun Rationing Bill Proposed in the Mountain State

Friday, January 20, 2012

During the opening week of West Virginia’s 2012 legislative session, Delegate John Doyle (D-57) introduced House Bill 2229, legislation which would limit the number of handguns that law-abiding individuals would be able purchase in West Virginia. This “gun rationing” bill has been sent to the state House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.  

HB 2229 would criminalize the attempted purchase of more than two handguns from a federally licensed firearms dealer in any thirty day period, even by law-abiding citizens who are legally allowed to buy guns and clear a background check administered by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Violators would be subject to a $200 fine and up to ten days in jail.

HB 2229 is a violation of our Second Amendment rights and must be defeated. Accordingly, please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully voice your opposition to HB 2229. Contact information for committee members can be found here.


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.