Critical, NRA-backed Senate Bill 347, has still not received a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and your immediate help is needed to ensure it gets consideration. Please contact members of the Committee, especially the Chairman, Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15), and urge them to schedule a hearing for SB 347.
This permitless carry legislation, 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.
SB 347 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.
This bill 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 consider and SUPPORT 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 (R-Wayne,06)