With the week drawing to a close, the expectation is that the following bills will still be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but please continue to convey your support for both Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347.
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 TODAY and politely urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15), Chairman
Senator David Nohe (R-Wood, 03), Vice-Chairman
Senator Robert Beach (D- Monongalia, 13)
Senator Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan, 07)
Senator Ronald Miller (D- Greenbreier, 10)
Senator Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha, 17)
Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison, 12)
Senator Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson, 16)
Senator Bob Williams (D-Taylor, 14)
Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell, 05)
Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson, 04)
Senator Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming, 09)
Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio, 01)
Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha, 08)
Senator Robert Karnes (R-Upshur, 11)
Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia, 02)
Senator Mark Maynard