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West Virginia: Important Pro-Gun Legislation Goes to Senate Floor

Monday, April 8, 2013

On Friday, House Bill 2471 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a voice vote and was sent to the Senate floor where it passed its first reading.  HB 2471 is scheduled for its second reading on today, April 8.

HB 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.

With just one week left in the 2013 legislative session, your calls and e-mails are needed to your state Senator asking his or her support for HB 2471.  We are expecting action on several pro-gun bills during the last session days in Charleston.

Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

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