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West Virginia: House Passes Emergency Powers Protection Legislation

Monday, February 25, 2013

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 for updates on the status of this, and other, important NRA-supported legislation.



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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.