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West Virginia: Permit Confidentiality Legislation Needs Your Help

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A bill to ensure permit holder confidentiality is currently awaiting consideration in the state House Judiciary Committee and will not move further unless it is scheduled for a hearing and passed in committee before the Friday, February 21 deadline.  House Bill 4310, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), would ensure the confidentiality of personal information of all current and renewing applicants for deadly weapons permits.  Additionally, it would make the personal information of those persons who have earned a concealed deadly weapons permit private to everyone other than law enforcement agencies.

This legislation is essential for the protection of law-abiding gun owners in the Mountain State.  Recently, there have been several instances of anti-gun media outlets publishing the names and addresses of concealed carry permit holders which jeopardizes the safety and violates the privacy of law-abiding citizens.  Such publications place lawful permit holders at risk to criminals who may target their home to steal firearms.  HB 4310 would ensure that this never happens in West Virginia.  An individual exercising his or her Second Amendment rights should not be put at risk of being a victim of gun theft by the public exposure of their private information, and enactment of this permit confidentiality legislation will prevent such abuse.  The privacy of carry permit holders in 43 states is now protected by laws similar to HB 4310.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee MUST hear from you TODAY.  Urge them to schedule a hearing and vote on HB 4310 by Friday.

This bill needs to be passed in committee before this Friday if it is to move forward in the legislative process.  Let’s not let the Charleston media’s historic lack of support for gun owner’s rights derail this important legislation and pressure committee members into submission.  Using the information provided below, contact Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Manchin (D-50) and all members of the state House Judiciary Committee and encourage them to schedule and pass this important confidentiality legislation.

Don't forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners throughout West Virginia and urge them to do the same.

House Judiciary Committee:
 
Delegate Tim Manchin (D-50), Chairman 
304-340-3252     
tmanchin@manchininjurylaw.com
 
Delegate Mark Hunt (D-36), Vice-Chairman 
304-340-3392                     
mhunt@markahunt.com
 
Delegate John Ellem (R-10), Minority Chairman 
304-340-3394                     
john.ellem@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Patrick Lane (R-38), Minority Vice-Chairman 
304-340-3275                     
patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov

 
Delegate Michael Ferro (D-4)      
304-340-3111                     
mike.ferro@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Barbara Fleischauer (D-51)       
304-340-3169                     
barbaraf@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Cindy Frich (R-51)         
304-340-3125                     
cindy.frich@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Bill Hamilton (R-45)
304-340-3167                     
bill.hamilton@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Eric Householder (R-64)
304-340-3274                     

eric.householder@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Lynwood “Woody” Ireland (R-7)
304-340-3195                     
woody.ireland@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Linda Longstreth (D-50)
304-340-3124                     
linda.longstreth@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Dana Lynch (D-44)        
304-340-3916                     
dana.lynch@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Michael Manypenny (D-49)
304-340-3139                     
mike.manypenny@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-20)
304-340-3126                     
justin.marcum@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate John McCuskey (R-35)
304-340-3183                     
john.mccuskey@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Clif Moore (D-26)
304-340-3189                     
clif.moore@wvhouse.gov

Delegate John O'Neal (R-28)
304-340-3164                     
john.oneal@wvhouse.gov

 
Delegate John Pino (D-32)
304-340-3170                     
john.pino@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Meshea Poore (D-37) 
304-340-3106                     
meshea.poore@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate John Shott (R-27)
304-340-3187                     
john.shott@wvsenate.gov
 
Delegate Stephen Skinner (D-67)
304-340-3248                     
stephen.skinner@wvhouse.gov
 

Delegate Kelli Sobonya  (R-18)    
304-340-3175                     
kelli.sobonya@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate Isaac Sponaugle (D-55)
304-340-3154                     
isaac.sponaugle@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Danny Wells (D-36)      
304-340-3287                     
danny.wells@wvhouse.gov
 
Delegate John Overington (R-62)
304-340-3148 
john@overington.com
 

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