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