Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

West Virginia: Misinformation Being Spread about Permitless Carry Legislation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

West Virginia: Misinformation Being Spread about Permitless Carry Legislation

Unfortunately, after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous passage of Senate Bill 347 on Monday, the West Virginia SheriffsAssociation has begun spreading misinformation about this permitless carry legislation.  NRA would like to clear up a few of these misconceptions.

The Sheriffs Association is claiming that permitless carry will allow felons and violent criminals who are currently prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry concealed.  However, felons are considered prohibited persons and are already disqualified by federal law from owning or possessing firearms.  This bill lends itself only to law-abiding gun owners.  Every federal and state prohibitor for the purchase or possession of a firearm still applies to this bill, including prohibitions on the mentally ill, felons, and those addicted to alcohol or drugs.  Additionally, in West Virginia, it is already legal for a law-abiding individual to carry a firearm openly, 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, that action could be considered a criminal activity if the individual did not possess a CHL. 

They are also claiming that there will be a dramatic loss of revenue for the state if SB 347 is passed.  This claim is exaggerated.  The current permitting system will still be in place so that those who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that West Virginia has with other states across the country, including in neighboring Virginia and Kentucky.  Many West Virginians rely on this reciprocity when traveling and hunting out of state, and thus will still pay to obtain a CHL.  As provided to the Committee and members of the Senate through NRA testimony, permit issuance in the states that already have permitless carry legislation has only increased, because in many instances, individuals who didn’t want to go through the arduous permitting process before may begin to carry for the first time.  The expectation is that more permits will be issued as these individuals realize the necessity and ease of carrying, and may wish to do so while traveling outside of the state.  In fact, a 2014 Crime Prevention Research Center report showed that there are now 12 million carry permit holders nationally; an all-time high.

The Association incorrectly asserted that gun ownership has started to decline, however, based on recent federal statistics, including the FBI report on the number of firearm-related background checks conducted, gun ownership is at an all-time high.  Nothing in this legislation would decrease gun ownership in West Virginia.  In fact, we would contend that the passage of permitless carry would actually increase gun ownership by law-abiding West Virginians.

The Sheriffs’ Association expressed a further public safety concern, arguing that law enforcement would now have to treat everyone as if they are armed.  However, conventional law enforcement training already dictates that law enforcement treat everyone as if they are armed, anyway.

While we greatly appreciate the work of law enforcement and have worked hand in hand with them in the past in West Virginia to pass Second Amendment legislation, their statements in opposition to SB 347 are incorrect and an unfair characterization of this bill.  

The Second Amendment explicitly states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, however, prohibitive costs, requirements and time constraints to obtain a CHL are an infringement on your right to carry.

Please continue to contact your state Senator in support of this important Right to Carry reform and urge them to listen to the facts. 

TRENDING NOW
Washington: Attorney General Introduces Additional Gun Ban Legislation

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Washington: Attorney General Introduces Additional Gun Ban Legislation

Just months after pushing for the passage of Initiative 1639 to impose severe regulations on purchasing and possessing semi-automatic firearms, Attorney General Bob Ferguson has now introduced legislation that would outright ban commonly owned semi-automatic ...

Keep Telling Your Members of Congress to Oppose “Universal” Background Check Bills

News  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Keep Telling Your Members of Congress to Oppose “Universal” Background Check Bills

On January 8, two bills were introduced in Congress to impose so-called "universal" background checks. The bills, H.R. 8 and S. 42, are being misleadingly described as simply requiring background checks on all sales of firearms, but this is ...

Law for Thee But Not for Me: Pittsburgh Officials Defy DA’s Legal Advice in Gun Control Push

News  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Law for Thee But Not for Me: Pittsburgh Officials Defy DA’s Legal Advice in Gun Control Push

Pittsburgh City Council member Corey O’Connor wants local residents to relinquish important aspects of their Second Amendment rights. If they refuse, he would have it cost them their liberty and treasure. But O’Connor himself apparently ...

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Critical Second Amendment Case

News  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Critical Second Amendment Case

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today praised the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a critical case involving the fundamental, constitutional right to travel with a firearm. The case, which is backed ...

New Mexico: Governor Lujan Grisham Highlights Gun Control In Opening Day Speech

Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Mexico: Governor Lujan Grisham Highlights Gun Control In Opening Day Speech

In her opening day speech to state lawmakers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called on them to pass various gun control proposals that she supported on the campaign trail and which have been filed in the ...

Now With More Banning! Dianne Feinstein Introduces “Updated” Federal “Assault Weapons” Ban (S. 66)

News  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Now With More Banning! Dianne Feinstein Introduces “Updated” Federal “Assault Weapons” Ban (S. 66)

On Wednesday, longtime gun control extremist Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the latest version of her perennial bid to rid America of its most popular types of rifles, as well as the standard capacity magazines that ...

Who Are the Real Extremists?

News  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Who Are the Real Extremists?

NRA is often vilified by the gun-ban community and its supporters in the mainstream, legacy media as an “extremist” organization because of its steadfast defense of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. A simple ...

Washington: Committee Hearings Scheduled on Anti-Gun Bills

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Washington: Committee Hearings Scheduled on Anti-Gun Bills

Anti-gun bills will be heard on January 21st at 10:00AM by the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice and by the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary on January 22nd at 10:00AM.

Virginia: Bills Defeated in Committee

Friday, January 18, 2019

Virginia: Bills Defeated in Committee

This week, the Virginia Senate Committee on Courts of Justice and the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee heard and voted to defeat many of Governor Ralph Northam’s requested gun control bills.

Wisconsin: Governor Evers Starts Session with Gun Control Push

Monday, January 14, 2019

Wisconsin: Governor Evers Starts Session with Gun Control Push

With the 2019 Wisconsin Legislative Session convened, Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul are already working with legislators to pass sweeping gun control.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

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.