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NRA-Supported Legislation on the Move in West Virginia

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gun owners in the Mountain State should be pleased to know that pro-hunting and pro-gun legislation is making its way through the West Virginia Legislature.  Yesterday, Senate Bill 149 passed in the Senate Finance Committee and will have its third and final reading tomorrow on the Senate floor.  Additionally, Senate Bill 478, which passed unanimously in the state Senate last week, is scheduled to be heard in the state House Natural Resources Committee this Thursday at 9:15 a.m. in Government Organization Room 215-E.

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.

Please call AND e-mail your state Senators TODAY and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT SB 149.  Contact information for your state Senators can be found here

SB 478, also sponsored by Senator Unger, would create an apprentice hunting license that is available to West Virginia residents and non-residents.  The licenses established pursuant to SB 478 are similar to current youth hunting licenses but would be available to apprentice hunters of any age.  Apprentice hunters will be encouraged to go afield while under the supervision of an adult eighteen years of age or older who possesses a valid West Virginia hunting license.  This would allow the “apprentice” to be introduced to hunting without having to take the otherwise required hunter education course.

Lengthy hunter education requirements often discourage potential hunters from going afield because they are unwilling to dedicate the necessary time to complete the course in order to pursue an activity that they are simply trying out.  The apprentice license program will allow them to become hooked on hunting while under the supervision of a mentor.  Eventually, the goal is for these apprentices to complete a hunter education course so they can hunt on their own, which has largely been the case in the states that have similar programs.  Apprentice hunting license programs throughout the country have issued more than 600,000 licenses to date and these hunters have proven to be safer than all other classes of hunters in what is already one of the safest recreational activities in America.

This license would allow supervised, novice hunters to go afield for three hunting seasons, within any five consecutive year window of time without having to take a required hunter education course.  The NRA is working closely with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources on this important legislation and its efforts to sustain and enhance the time-honored tradition of hunting are appreciated.

Please call AND e-mail members of the state House Natural Resources Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT SB 478.  Committee member contact information can be found here.

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