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West Virginia: Firearms Destruction Prevention Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tomorrow, the state Senate Judiciary Committee is tentatively scheduled to hear Senate Bill 149.  This hearing will be at 3 p.m. in Room 208W of the State Capitol.

Introduced by state Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-16), SB 149 would mandate police authorities return all seized firearms, not currently being held as evidence in a criminal investigation, to the lawful owner if able.  If the lawful owner is not found or unable to take possession of the firearm, SB 149 would require these agencies to sell these firearms at a public auction to a licensed firearms dealer.  Current West Virginia law allows for seized guns to be immediately destroyed.

SB 149 would also prevent the wasteful and expensive practice of destroying firearms that could be re-circulated through licensed dealers to the retail market.  Localities would be enabled with the ability to reap the benefits of the sale proceeds and consumers would have access to affordable firearms through licensed dealers, with all of the usual safeguards that apply to dealer sales to the public.

We expect active opposition to SB 350 by some local and state law enforcement agencies so we need your help today!  Please call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT SB 149.  Contact information can be found below.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Corey Palumbo (D-8), Chairman
(304) 357-7880
corey.palumbo@wvsenate.gov

Senator Mark Wills (D-10), Vice-Chairman
(304) 357-7843
mark.wills@wvsenate.gov

Senator Robert Beach (D-13)
(304) 357-7919
bob.beach@wvsenate.gov

Senator Richard Browning (D-9)
(304) 357-7807
richard.browning@wvsenate.gov

Senator John Fanning (D-6)
(304) 357-7867
john.fanning@wvsenate.gov

Senator Dan Foster (D-17)
(304) 357-7866
daniel.foster@camc.org

Senator Evan Jenkins (D-5)
(304) 357-7956
evan.jenkins@wvsenate.gov

Senator Art Kirkendoll (D-7)
(304) 357-7857
art.kirkendoll@wvsenate.gov

Senator Orphy Klempa (D-1)
(304) 357-7918
orphy.klempa@wvsenate.gov

Senator Joe Minard (D-12)
(304) 357-7904
joe.minard@wvsenate.gov

Senator Herb Snyder (D-16)
(304) 357-7957
herb.snyder@wvsenate.gov

Senator Greg Tucker (D-11)
(304) 357-7906
greg.tucker@wvsenate.gov

Senator John Unger (D-16)
(304) 357-7933
john.unger@wvsenate.gov

Senator Bob Williams (D-14)
(304) 357-7995
bob.williams@wvsenate.gov

Senator Clark Barnes (R-15)
(304) 357-7973
clark.barnes@wvsenate.gov

Senator Karen Facemyer (R-4)
(304) 357-7855
karen.facemyer@wvsenate.gov

Senator David Nohe (R-3)
(304) 357-7970
dcnohe@suddenlink.net

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