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West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation Expected to be Heard in Senate Committee Next Week

Thursday, February 12, 2015

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation Expected to be Heard in Senate Committee Next Week

Next week, pro-gun bills Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347 are expected to receive hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 275, introduced by state Senator Charles Trump (R-15), would ensure the confidentiality of personal information of all current and renewing applicants for a concealed handgun license.  Additionally, it would make the personal information of those persons who have earned a concealed handgun license private to everyone other than law enforcement agencies.

Senate Bill 347, introduced by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), would recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of having to obtain a costly and time restrictive Concealed Handgun License (CHL).  This is a necessary update to concealed carry statutes in West Virginia, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.  In West Virginia, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a concealed pistol permit. 

This permitless carry legislation gives you the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for each individual, based on your attire, gender and/or physical attributes.  Also critically important, this legislation would keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that West Virginia has with other states across the country.

These bills would greatly benefit law-abiding gun owners in The Mountain State.  Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347.

Senate Judiciary Committee Members:

Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15), Chairman
(304) 357-7980

Senator David Nohe (R-Wood, 03), Vice-Chairman
(304) 357-7970

Senator Robert Beach (D- Monongalia, 13)
(304) 357-7919

Senator Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan, 07)
(304) 357-7857

Senator Ronald Miller (D- Greenbreier, 10)
(304) 357-7959

Senator Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha, 17)
(304) 357-7880

Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison, 12)
(304) 357-7904

Senator Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson, 16)
(304) 357-7957

Senator Bob Williams (D-Taylor, 14)
(304) 357-7995

Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell, 05)
(304) 357-7956

Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson, 04)
(304) 357-7855

Senator Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming, 09)
(304) 357-7807

Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio, 01)
(304) 357-7918

Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha, 08)
(304) 357-7841

Senator Robert Karnes (R-Upshur, 11)
(304) 357-7906

Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia, 02)
(304) 357-7827

Senator Mark Maynard
(304) 357-7808

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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.